Each and every interaction between humans and computers is governed by code. Whether you create a web app, follow GPS directions when driving or wish to revolutionise social interactions. Programming is everywhere and fundamental to the understanding of a hyper-connected world. Coding is the literacy of today and it helps practice 21st century skills such as problem solving, team work and analytical thinking.
Basic coding skills is also needed for many jobs. Did you know that more than 90% of professional occupations nowadays require digital competences, including programming? There is also a talent shortage as the education system is slow to react to new demands. In Europe we will have up to 900,000 ICT job vacancies by 2020.
In order to empower people of all groups in our society, and ensure the global competitiveness of Europe, we need to raise interest in programming and enhance the digital competence of Europe. Therefore we're supporting coding through various initiatives: