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‘Hackathon’ to address computer science skills shortages this weekend

Unilever and iamtheCODE will host a ‘hackathon’ this weekend to help address UK skills shortages and inspire young women.

More than 60 11 to 18-year-old girls are being invited to Unilever’s Port Sunlight offices for the 9-10 June event, supporting STEAMED (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, entrepreneurship and design) education.

Award-winning technologist, World Economic Young Global Leader and Global Teacher Prize Academy member, Marieme Jamme is facilitating the hackathon, which will teach attendees about computer science.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, practicing design thinking, exploring the Kano Computer Kit, the iamtheCODE iDEA Curriculum and creating with technology and code will be focused on across the two days.

A spokesperson for the event says: “Our aim is to address the STEAMED skills shortage in the UK and to inspire the next generation of young women.

“Most of us have a vague idea that knowledge of computer science will help you get a job, but the actual numbers are pretty shocking.

“Software powers our economy, but less than 2.4% of college students and women graduate with a computer science degree. That means there aren’t going to be enough graduates to fill the jobs. To make matters worse, 95% of our schools don’t teach programming.”

The event is free to attend, and under 16s must be accompanied by a teacher or adult.

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