Third National Learn to Code Day will spark Canadian digital literacy September 26th

National Learn to Code Day

Ladies Learning Code, the national not-for-profit promoting beginner-friendly tech education, announced today the third annual National Learn to Code Day. Taking place on September 26th, the Canada-wide initiative to promote digital literacy will feature over 1,200 adults attending simultaneous in-person coding workshops in 22 cities across the country.

Ladies Learning Code has partnered with Facebook to provide beginner-friendly python workshops to manipulate large data sets, with the information provided by the Government of Canada. Ladies Learning Code will have over 300 volunteer developers on-hand to ensure a fun and engaging learning environment.

This year’s National Learn to Code Day comes at a time when the focus on digital literacy in Canada has never been higher. Just yesterday, Bitmaker Labs CEO published an open letter petitioning Canada to adopt coding as its third national language. Speaking with Ladies Learning Code Co-Executive Director Melissa Sariffodeen, she made it clear that after three years, National Learn to Code Day represents a diverse grassroots movement.

“On National Learn to Code Day, hundreds of developers (men and women) volunteer their time to mentor and help others learn to code,” she said. “To us, this really reflects the importance and demand for technical skills education and the desire to encourage more women to pursue a technical field. And the fact that thousands of women have come through one of our programs – all with the desire to learn – means we’re on to something. Diversity in the tech community is a collective responsibility and, although we are proud and excited to be pioneering this movement in communities across Canada, we need to work together in all sectors to achieve this goal.”

To find a workshop in a city near you, visiting ladieslearningcodeday.com.

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.