The Next Big Thing offers free coding camps for youth this summer


Have you heard of The Next Big Thing? They’re a local foundation founded by Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes and serial entrepreneur Meredith Powell, and they’re dedicated to identifying and empowering young entrepreneurs to take on the world. Here’s a quick intro video about them.

Today, most schools don’t teach coding or digital literacy, which creates a digital skills gap that can limit career growth. Developers are highly sought after in today’s competitive job market, they ‘re”the next rock stars” if you ask Will.I.Am., but there’s not nearly enough of them. So this summer the foundation is hosting a FREE CodeCamp to introduce Vancouver’s young innovators (grades 10-12) to both front and back-end development.

This video below (which boasts a star-studded cast) shares some insight and fantastic personal stories from high profile people who have worked with code to build their careers, and help people along the way. The quote that resonates with me the most in it is “Software is really about humanity… it’s about helping people, by using computer technology”. That is so awesome.

If you’re 14-17 and this appeals to you, sign up! It’s FREE. If you’re not that age but you know somebody who is please share it with them and get them stoked.

Younger students are also welcome to join the fun via live stream and should register for live stream access HERE.

WHEN: Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, 2014 (10:00am to 4:00pm PT)
WHERE: Hootsuite HQ – 5 East 8th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5T 1R6

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