Why coding? Why now?April 28, 2014 • Ari Najarian
This article was originally written on April 18, 2014 for the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, and is republished here.
In 2012, the mayor of New York City famously announced that, for his New Year's resolution, he would learn how to code. He also inadvertently sparked a populist movement. Within a year, industry leaders like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey had rallied around Code.org, a movement to get school children to learn about programming. This past December, over 20 million students worldwide participated in Code.org's Hour of Code 2013, an event designed to promote computer science education.
The movement to promote computer science education, while attracting its share of valid criticisms, has been wildly successful — and it's alive and well here in Nova Scotia. Here are some local advocates:
Gordie Noye is a computer science professor who now works as a developer at GoInstant. In his spare time, he's produced a...