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GIRLS CODING EVENT: Presentation of the Pilot Programme Results, by EIT & KEAN

On Sunday afternoon, 8th October, the organizers of the pilot programme Workshops for Digital Coding to girls aged 12-17yo, within the framework of the European Horizon 2020, the EIT-European Institute of Innovation and Technology and KEAN -Cell of Alternative Youth Activities, hosted an event at BCA College in Athens.

During the event, the president of KEAN Mr. Stavros Milionis presented the results of the programme that was implemented between July and August in 5 Municipalities of Attica and Peloponnese. Mr. Milionis said that many citizens of other regions of Greece contacted KEAN asking about the programme and whether the workshops will be implemented at their region. He also stressed out the request of the young students that attended the programme to create a platform, an online “classroom” where they could meet, discuss on coding ideas, work together on projects!

Mr. Laurent Roux, Entrepreneurship Officer of EIT, presented the agenda of EIT on projects that support Women Leadership and Entrepreneurship activities. These include inspirational workshops in 6 EIT RIS countries with local successful female entrepreneurs and leaders talking to local 12-18 years old female students, digital coding workshops and competition for 12-18 years old female students, and participation in European level events on the topic and sharing success stories and best practices online with others through platforms of the EU Commission. Partners from the public and private sectors were invited to help scale these activities to more cities, more countries and overall larger number of participating students.

The event also attended investors, media and officials of Greek and EU Institutions who all expressed their will to support and contribute to the progression of the workshops in other areas of Greece and neighbor countries.  The representative of the General Secretary of the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Information, Mrs Areti Gourgouli welcomed the Girls Coding project as one of those important efforts that can strengthen the youth of Greece and create opportunities and employability and highlighted that digital skills are a priority for the Ministry. Mrs Eva Kaili, MEP, as the Chair of the Scientific Foresight Unit #STOA described the strategy of EU agencies and committees on digital policy, regulation and projects and expressed her support and anticipation for the expansion of initiatives like the Girls Coding, that will help in more awareness on digital skills and the future market conditions.

Mr. Nikos Mpampalos Mayor of Neon Iraklion, one of the five cities that hosted the workshops, in his speech pointed out that because of the positive impact and the enthusiasm of the young students that joined the courses, the City Council will support a new series of digital coding workshops.

The young programmers who attended the classes during July and August of 2017 were also present and eager to hear by the officials whether they will be given the opportunity to continue learning how to code! The young students took the floor and shared with the audience their experience, what inspired them during the workshops and how they were positively affected by this new knowledge and the contribution of their coding-teacher Mrs Vasso Bellia. According to the young programmers, the course on computers of the Greek School is very basic, anachronistic, boring and uninspiring. By attending the Girls Coding lessons, they felt confident to start designing ideas that can become an application, or even their future job.

At the closure of the event, Google’s young expert Dimitris Terzopoulos with an inspiring speech, addressed  the young programmers the importance of not giving up their dreams. Dimitris encouraged them to progress in learning coding because this will provide them a very strong tool of  creativity. He also shared his personal story of his passion for new technologies that lead him to the diverse and dynamic environment of Google, right after his graduation.

The organizers announced that the new strategy for the implementation of workshops in Greece and in neighbor countries will soon be published.

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