Code Club and Tech Powerhouse

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to share some quick updates on from my last blog

Our #CodeYork programme goes from strength to strength! Last month our Digital York team ran a successful event in York’s fantastic National Railway Museum for children, aimed at engaging and educating local children about the world of possibilities that coding can give them. Great to see another near even gender split in a very full room, some amazing music being created by python commands (even if it had a slight 60’s Doctor Who vibe), and a lot of impressed young people watching a robot called Nao kicking a football around the room like it could play for England (it also helps it’s chances that Robots don’t have metatarsals!), it’s fair to say the team have raised the bar on #CodeYork once again! And if all that wasn’t enough, the event made The Press front page! You can read the article here.

I attended the #TTBUltraFibreOptic business breakfast meeting earlier this week, which was largely around the UFO/Gigabit City programme that we are incredibly fortunate to have before any other city. During the event, I spoke about the national plan for a Northern Powerhouse and how there are a lot misconceptions about where it starts and ends, in particular the technological heart of it all. As I stated, ‘Why does the tech powerhouse have to be Leeds & Manchester? Why can’t it be here?’. I believe whole heartedly in that statement as we are a pioneer people centric digital city with world class infrastructure and a legacy of delivering world class digital projects and programmes. I believe that perception is changing very rapidly. The event was not only a success, but it made its way into computer weekly too with a great article, which can be found here. I recommend you have a read as it’s a fantastic write up about the programme and the council.

Until the next time




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