Accenture brings coding skills to regional schools

Creates new AI-inspired tutorial to teach students digital technology skills and ignite interest in computer science

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Accenture brings coding skills to regional schools Learning to code can transform the trajectory of a student’s life and career.
By  David Ndichu Published  December 6, 2017

Students in UAE and KSA will benefit from free coding and computer schools lessons this week, thanks to Accenture.

Accenture employees across 56 countries, including in this region, have pledged to complete more than 10,000 Hours of Code and lead coding tutorial sessions around the world during Computer Science Education Week, running from 4 -10 December.

Accenture has pledged more than 2,000 hours to lead or volunteer at local events in their communities, joining forces with teachers and Code.org to help students learn coding and computer science skills. This follows Accenture’s recently announced pledge of US$10 million to support initiatives to expand STEM and computer science education through Internet Association, a group that represents global internet companies on matters of public policy.

Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology & innovation officer and ‘chief coder’ said learning to code can transform the trajectory of a student’s life and career, as technology continues to create completely new careers.

“As part of our commitment to working with Code.org to prepare young people for the digital economy, Accenture employees last year dedicated more than 10,000 hours to Hour of Code, inspiring more than 100,000 students around the world to learn basic coding skills. We’ve seen the impact that Code.org is having on students and this year we’re doing more to support that — more hours and more classroom sessions to spark an interest in working with the technologies of tomorrow," he said.

Hour of Code was launched in 2013 by Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. The program reaches millions of students through a one-hour introduction to coding and computer science.

Accenture Technology has this year harnessed its internal expertise to create a coding tutorial that gives students a better understanding of artificial intelligence (AI). Students will discover how various AI techniques can teach a robot to explore a new planet — including recognising animals and plants, understanding a new language, and conversing with inhabitants. 

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