Over the years, we have seen an increase in the ways
I've asked Tom Scheirsen, who's been working with an organization
called Devoxx4Kids an offshoot of Devoxx, which is the largest Java
conference in Europe, to share their story.
Devoxx4Kids Empowering the New
By Tom Scheirsen, User Group Relationship, EMEA
Over the past few years, Oracle has invested funding and effort (in the form of support through
Oracle Academy) to further the efforts of an organization that is of great
importance to us called Devoxx4Kids
(an offshoot of the Devoxx, which is the largest java conf in Europe). Their focus is to get Gen Y and Z involved in
user groups and Technology, targeting kids between 8-14 years of age, before
they make their career choices and teach them, in a fun way, to play with
technology and influence them at a young age. The goal is to teach, engage and inspire kids about computer programming
while they are having fun. Devoxx4Kids has been very successful in working with
children through workshops around the world, introducing them to:
Devoxx4Kids was started in 2012 in Belgium. Since then, Devoxx4Kids has shared its
curriculum with Java user groups and other organizations around the world. Today,
over 3000 children (36% girls, 64% boys) have attended 108 workshops in more
than 80 countries around the world averaging 50-100 kids per session. Ensuring
technology learning opportunities are available to children is very important
to Devoxx4Kids; in addition, this program also focuses on gender equality,
encouraging girls to attend their sessions. Thus far the entire program has
seen great success.
At Oracle OpenWorld this past October, special Devoxx4Kids sessions were held as part of JavaOne 2014. 150 kids, aged 10-18 had an opportunity to get hands-on to learn programming, robotics and engineering. Specifics are covered in this Java Magazine article and blog entry. Interesting and informative video testimonials from the children are also available there. If you're interested in finding a workshop for the your future programming wizard in your life in a city near you, be sure to check the events page. Check out their website for more information, follow them on Twitter @Devoxx4Kids, and like them on Facebook.