Accenture Romania employees will offer programming lessons for over 800 students in a new edition of Hour of Code, an educational initiative that reaches over 100 million students globally.
This year, between December 9 and 15, 60 Accenture employees from Romania will volunteer at the Hour of Code, supporting one hour of programming in 21 schools in Bucharest, Ilfov, Calarasi, Brașov, Iași, Timișoara, Cluj. At this edition, students between the ages of 6 and 15 will be introduced to programming, including 16 students from the School for the Visually Impaired in Bucharest. Hour of Code is an event organized by Code.org with several thousand Accenture employees worldwide.
“For the past five years, Accenture has partnered with Code.org, using the latest technologies, to introduce computing and programming to students around the world,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture Chief Technology & Innovation Officer and “Chief Coder.” Children think that anything is possible, as well as me. Last year, our employees participated in events where they taught programming for over 100,000 students. The impact of only one hour of programming, creativity and inspiration can be extraordinary – today’s programmers will be the ones who will bring change tomorrow.
Accenture will also provide access this year to Accenture Intelligent Space Exploration, a programming tutorial where students can discover how artificial intelligence (AI) techniques can be used to teach a robot to explore a new planet, including recognizing animals and plants, understand a new language and converse with the locals. Over 160,000 people have participated in this tutorial since its inception.
“We believe that ideas can change the world and that one person can trigger a whole movement,” added Jill Huntley, CEO of Corporate Citizenship at Accenture. “With the Hour of Code, we bring to life our Social Innovators initiative, inspiring young people to use computing and technology to improve the lives of millions of people, now and for generations to come.”
To support Hour of Code, Accenture employees develop and lead activities around the world designed to inspire students in new ways:
- Accenture organizes an event with Black Girls CODE at the Accenture Innovation Hub in Atlanta to teach programming and rapid application development.
- In Saudi Arabia, Accenture teams with DSCA, a non-profit organization that works to help parents with Down’s syndrome through education, education and general services. Accenture employees will lead programming tutorials at a DSCA school
- In Cebu City, Philippines, Accenture runs an Hour of Code session for people with disabilities. In coordination with the Office for Persons with Disabilities (PDAO), Accenture volunteers will hold a programming session for participants with disabilities from different communities
- Accenture employees in Spain will organize events in 40 schools throughout the country, throughout December, for over 2,400 students.
To learn more or to participate in Hour of Code, visit Accenture.com/hourofcode or code.org or follow the conversation at #MakeAGreaterGood