Saudi Codes reaches one million participants

Saudi Codes reaches one million participants
The second edition of Saudi Codes saw over one million people complete courses in coding.
Published: 10 February 2019 - 2:29 p.m.
By: Mark Sutton

Saudi Codes, an initiative to help people learn how to code, has reached over one million participants in the Kingdom in its second edition.

The program, organised by the Misk Foundation, reached one million participants in Saudi, and extended to 130 countries, with online training and roadshows in Saudi Arabia.

The second edition of the event was held in partnership between Misk, the Saudi Ministry of Education, the Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Saudi Telecom Company (STC).

Misk said that 1,025,971 participants completed courses this year.

Saudi Codes consists of four elements: supplying coding instruction in JavaScript, Python and MakeCode; a coding pioneers program; a 2030 coding competition; and a special program to empower women to enter the coding field. The program also trained ‘Saudi Codes Ambassadors' to act as mentors to participants.

The second edition concluded with an event in Riyadh yesterday, which was attended by His Excellency Eng. Abdullah Al-Swaha, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, His Excellency Bader Al Asaker, Chairman of the Board of the Misk Initiatives Center, and representatives of the private and non-profit sector partner organisations.

The day-long event included an Ideathon to to develop solutions for improving Saudi lifestyles through sports, entertainment, healthcare, transportation, financial awareness, and recycling and sustainability.

Deemah Alyahya, Executive Manager of Misk Innovation, said: "This partnership has brought new skills and opportunities to a wider array of people than ever before. Together we are demonstrating that coding skills can and should be brought within anyone's reach, and together we are empowering people with the knowledge, skills, and coding confidence they need for a bright future in the Knowledge Economy. In doing so, we are driving the digital transformation of the Kingdom and ensuring its place on the global front-line of innovation."

Misk is planning a third edition of Saudi Codes which will focus on future skills such as AI and data analytics for people with non-technology backgrounds.

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