Last night was the first Edinburgh based Coder Dojo, hosted at the incredible Scottish Parliament buildings in central Edinburgh. This session aimed to engage local MSPs and government, as well as would-be investors, by showcasing the potential of the Coder Dojo initiative on a Scotland-wide basis.

As with the Glasgow sessions, Coder Dojo Edinburgh intends to inspire young coders and bring them together into a comfortable, interactive and open environment where they can share best practice, learn, make friends and develop their coding abilities. In today’s fast paced digital landscape it is initiatives like this that will ensure young people can stay up-to-date and on top of the ever-evolving skill set required in computer development.

Hosted by MSP Elaine Murray and Coder Dojo Glasgow champion Craig Steele, the session kicked off in the impressive Parliament Committee Room at 5.30pm yesterday evening and continued for two hours. With kids coming from schools across the central belt of Scotland, and even as far off asFife and St Andrews, the first Coder Dojo to be held in Scotland’s capital was a roaring success.

This session focused mainly on introducing the young coders to those involved with Coder Dojo and how it works, as well as the basics of HTML. As we’ve seen time and time again, the young coders impressed us all by whizzing through all the tasks given to them and illustrating their passion for programming. Mentors from across industry and academia were on hand to assist anyone with any questions and help encourage the coders to push themselves and go at their own pace.

After Digital was excited to be involved in the next stage of the Coder Dojo expansion and hopes that last night marks the beginning of several new Coder Dojo sessions across Scotland.

Managing Director at After Digital, said;It was great to see so many young coders so engrossed in coding and to see how much they already knew. Coder Dojo offers a fantastic opportunity for young people to extend their skillset and could be a valuable source of new talent for the Scottish digital economy in coming years. We will continue to work closely with Coder Dojo to make sure it can reach its full potential and can’t wait to see the young coders develop further.”

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