On Fred Destin’s initiative, the big stars at Founders Forum, including Niklas ZennStröm (Skype), Chad Hurley (Youtube) and many others, shooted last week a funny and viral video to promote CodeClub. CodeClub is a brilliant action which aims at inspiring kids to learn code and creating a nationwide after school coding club for children aged 10-11.
Kids are the future, everybody knows it. Computer are, too. When we see what our generation’s geniuses made and how they revolutionized our world when computer science and coding were at their premises, one can only urge the next generation to dive into code as soon as possible.
Supporting this initiative is supporting a long term vision for our economy and our education system. There is no day without reading that there is a big lack of great programmers, that data-scientist is the hottest job at this time or that learning to code is a great move. So we should foster our kids to embrace this activity as soon as possible as informatics, hardware will be everywhere. By extending the base of people having the skills to program we foster the future innovation.
The earlier we start learning something the better we are good at it and the less we fear it. We belong to a generation where there is still a big proportion of people who are not at ease with computers or smartphones. Even an entreprising friend of mine judges that it’s too late for him to start learning how to code whereas he’s only 25! But have you experienced kids change of behaviour towards our world? I don’t think there will be many kids in 10 years who won’t know how to use a smartphone. And I do want to think that these kids in 10 years won’t be as reluctant to learn code as people can be today. Perhaps the qualifiers geeky or nerd won’t exist anymore, or have a very distant meaning, commensurate to what these people have created by now. Who knows ?