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Creating a Community of Coders

Posted: Friday 18 September 2015

Members of Jersey's tech community have joined forces to organise a series of workshops and events for Islanders as part of National Coding Week (…

Members of Jersey's tech community have joined forces to organise a series of workshops and events for Islanders as part of National Coding Week (NCW), 21st – 27th September. 

Now in its second year, NCW is a weeklong event founded by Jersey's Richard Rolfe and Jordan Love and has taken off across the UK, as well as in the Channel Islands. The pair are members of Digital Jersey which has offered its digital Hub to other members to hold free workshops as part of NCW.

A programme of workshops has been confirmed for lunchtimes and early evenings during the week of 21st – 27th September. Workshops include:


  • Scratch for absolute beginners

       Monday 21st September, 4.30pm – 5.30pm

       Mentor: Liz Lakeman, Kids Code Academy


  • Virtual Reality: developing games and content for free

       Tuesday 22nd September, 1.30pm – 2.30pm

       Mentor: Fred Meyer, Vizuality


  • An Interactive Introduction to Object Oriented Design

      Wednesday 23rd September 12.30pm – 1.30pm.

      Mentor: Martin Alley, Senior Consultant, Total Solutions Group


  • Web Design: the basics

      Wednesday 23rd September, 4.30pm – 5.30pm

      Mentor: Tom Hughes, Student Chairman & Chief Information Officer – Haute Vallée Digital Leaders.


  • An introduction to Laravel: The php framework for web artisans

      Friday 25th September, 1pm – 2pm

      Mentor: Oi, Creative Director, Ben Clarke.


Carla Harris, Director, Digital Jersey commented:

“I’m delighted that the community has pulled together to put on an exciting programme of events. It's inspiring to see our members united in support of National Coding Week; we want to break down the digital barrier and allow anyone to come along and try out coding. It's really important that everyone realises we can all learn new skills for our digital age, as well as ensure our Island has the necessary skills for our current and future business needs. The Hub is the perfect environment for collaborative and educational events and we hope the momentum from National Coding Week will continue throughout the year."  

Richard Rolfe, Co-Founder of National Coding Week commented:

“We are delighted that we have had such a strong response across the UK to National Coding Week, including from senior leaders such a Boris Johnson. It is great that Digital Jersey has promoted the event so well and we are very grateful to JT for sponsoring the week”.

Digital Jersey members are also being encouraged to share their skills and collaborate through the weeklong event. Anyone interested in attending a workshop can contact Sonia Ferri

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