When the Year of Code began in July 2015, it was supposed to be a limited one-year initiative. But now, organisers confirm its mission will carry on, as the newly-formed Hive Waterloo – with a special focus on teaching kids digital literacy.
Stephanie Rozek, director of Year of Code Waterloo Region, said there was such a positive response from the community that they have decided to continue their work.
"We're talking to the ... school boards, they are all very interested and it's great because that's where you can make a difference," said
According to its website, Hive Waterloo works with Hive Toronto, part of the Hive Learning Network, and is supported by The Trillium Foundation.
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20,000 people reached
Rozek said between July 2015 and March 2016, Year of Code had reached over 20,000 people, meeting its mandate, through events like the Family Hack Jam, a family day event and its six week HackerGrrlz programs at elementary schools, which introduce and inspire young girls to become a part of the tech sector.
And it's through programs like these that Year of Code board member Sean Yo said children learn not only learn digital literacy, but also gain self confidence when they realize they're able to create something from nothing.
"We would hope that kids and adults alike have the opportunity to see the amazing tech we have today like smartphones and tablets are not just a place where you can spend money on but as a tool where you can make something."
To wrap up Year of Code, there will be a Eureka Gala at the Tannery Events Centre on June 17, to celebrate the success of their one year campaign.