#SuperCoders, what is it?

The #SuperCoders ethos is very simple: to invite boys and girls aged from 9 to 13 to take part in free workshops to introduce them to computer coding.

The aim is not to turn them into little HTML or JavaScript whizz-kids, but to give them a simple, fun and educational insight into how enriching and interesting the digital world can be for those who get involved with it.

To do this, they design games and short animations by putting together logical building blocks (little pieces of programming code) to make characters to make characters come to life This is a very basic but extremely informative way of both training them to think logically and of teaching them to work collaboratively together. Later on, whether these young apprentices become the Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerbergs of the future depends entirely upon their talents and ambitions.

These joint workshops, which last several hours, are facilitated by volunteer Orange coaches and partner associations.

The Orange employees' strong involvement in #SuperCoders has been made possible by the mobilisation of Group entities and in particular Orange Labs, which has more than 800 volunteer coaches leading workshops for children.

Employees from Orange Labs Products and Services, who are veterans of coding workshops, also train and support new volunteers in France and the Overseas Territories, as well as in other Orange countries like Egypt, Senegal, Mali and Côte d'Ivoire which are new to #Supercoders.

#SuperCoders is part of the global trend towards an ICT “maker” approach:

  1. European Code Week
  2. Africa Code Week
  3. One Hour Code aux USA  

We must also mention all the organizations that the young people…..and their parents, engage with enthusiastically. Almost 4,000 children in a dozen countries have already benefitted from this Orange digital-support program since October 2014, and in 2015, several thousand young people in 9 countries are set to do the same.

Raising awareness of digital technology in this way and fostering the burgeoning ambition it may awaken are powerful drivers for social inclusion (helping disadvantaged groups, rural communities) and for parity between girls and boys.