London – July 2nd , 2013 – Thriving technology company Kainos is targeting bright 17-19 year-olds with its latest drive to nurture the next generation of technology talent.
CodeCamp, a free two-week course in mobile app creation, will offer up to 80 students the chance to work closely with mentors in a real-world software development environment.
CodeCamp is the latest innovative initiative in Kainos’s drive to identify and foster next-generation technology talent. A highly successful technology player with international reach, the company has won awards for being a top employer thanks to its proactive attempts to inspire and develop its people.
CodeCamp applicants must have qualifications in STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Those qualifying will use MIT AppInventor to create real apps for Android phones that can be published to Google’s Play Store.
The course will be hosted at Belfast Metropolitan College. Resulting apps will be judged by teams from Kainos and Belfast Met, with the chance of winning a prize.
Kainos is well known for nurturing young technology talent. Other innovative programmes include the Code4Derry and AppCamp schemes aimed at university students, and the recently-launched Earn as you Learn scheme offering well-paid work and mentoring to top A-Level students while funding them through university.
Commenting on the impetus behind CodeCamp, Tom Gray, CTO at Kainos, said, “The UK has a long heritage of technology innovation, but often there hasn’t been the right level of support behind the talent. Recent generations were responsible for the World Wide Web and the iPhone; who knows what the next generation will come up with. Our goal is to find those creative minds that are currently locked away in their bedrooms, and give them the encouragement and backing they need to develop their talents and realise their dreams.”
Tickets for the CodeCamp are available at kainoscodecamp.eventbrite.co.uk.