Posted on Monday 1 July 2013 by Ulster Business

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David McGlade, Solution Architect at Kainos, Andrew Paul, CodeCamp Mentor, and Jonathan Heggarty, Head of School Electronic and Computer Technologies at Belfast Met, launch their first summer CodeCamp for tech-savvy teens.

Technology company Kainos and Belfast Metropolitan College are targeting bright 17-19 year-olds in a new initiative designed to nurture the next generation of technology talent.

CodeCamp, a free two-week course in mobile app creation, will offer up to 80 students the chance to work closely with mentors in a real-world software development environment between July 22 and August 2.

Applicants must have qualifications in STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Those accepted onto the Kainos CodeCamp will use MIT App Inventor to create real apps for Android phones that can be published to Google's Play Store.

Kainos is well known for developing local talent. Its other activities include the Code4Derry and AppCamp schemes aimed at university students, and the recently-launched Earn as you Learn scheme offering well-paid work and mentoring to top A-Level students while funding them through university.

Commenting on the impetus behind CodeCamp, Tom Gray, CTO at Kainos, said: "The UK has a long heritage of technology innovation, but often there hasn't been the right level of support behind the talent. Recent generations were responsible for the Internet and the iPhone; who knows what the next generation will come up with. Our goal is to find those creative minds that are currently locked away in their bedrooms, and give them the encouragement and backing they need to develop their talents and realise their dreams."

CodeCamp is a joint initiative being run by Kainos and Belfast Metropolitan College, and will be hosted at Belfast Met's new e3 Campus.

Dr Jonathan Heggarty, Head of School Electronic and Computing Technologies at Belfast Met, said: "We are dedicated to playing an important role in providing the talent to fill future jobs in Northern Ireland by supporting innovative programmes like CodeCamp. This initiative will help to reinforce ICT skills learnt in the classroom with practical software development projects, equipping learners with economically relevant skills that will make a positive impact on their future career prospects."

Tickets for the CodeCamp are available at kainoscodecamp.eventbrite.co.uk.

 

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