Association "IT Ukraine" announces the start of a free educational program for children and teenagers "CODE Summer: First Steps in IT". The purpose of the initiative is to promote information technology among the younger generation, providing them with an opportunity to learn basic programming skills and to create their own IT-projects. The program consists of several stages and lasts from June 4 to August 17. The program focuses on kids aged 12 - 17.
According to the State Statistics Service, in 2017 more than 12,000 university entrants came to higher educational institutions of Ukraine for technical specialties. According to this indicator, our country occupies leading positions in Central and Eastern Europe, however, taking into account the potential and dynamics of the growth of the IT-market in Ukraine (about 20% yearly), the domestic IT-industry is able to provide much more high-paying jobs for skilled specialists. Therefore, such professional-orientation initiatives are extremely important for the further development of the industry.
During the CODE Summer program, children will have the opportunity to create project teams to work on implementing their technical ideas, visit the offices of Ukrainian IT-companies, additional soft skills training and project management. The learning process will be coordinated and supervised by mentors - experienced IT-professionals from leading Ukrainian and international companies.
Applications for participation in the program are already underway. An introductory test, which is an important condition for enrollment on the program, will take place on June 4 - 8. The protection of participants' projects before a group of experts will take place on August.
This year the initiative is supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Committee on Information and Communication of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Department of Education and Science, Youth and Sport of the Kyiv City State Administration, the Ukrainian Academy of Leadership; Higher Educational Institutions: Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Kyiv National University, Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts; IT Ukraine Association Members: Svitla Systems, Daxx BV, DataArt, SoftServe, EPAM, Luxoft, GlobalLogic and Valtech_.
During 5 years of CODE Summer work, more than 240 students and first-year students attended the program, and 59 teams defended their IT-projects.