Ireland is the European base for many of the worlds’ largest tech companies, all of which rely heavily on coding and computer programmers. Talented workers in this field are in demand and salaries can range from approximately €23,000 to €100,000 per year, depending on experience and workload.
Starting in 2003, the Europe Code Week initiative was established to make the world of programming more visible to a more diverse audience and to celebrate the facets of creativity, problem solving and collaboration that are applied through the process of coding.
Activities for EU Code Week are introduced as a mixture of fun and educational where building and creativity are encouraged. The initiative has a number of suggestions for beginners on their website which range from coding without the use of digital technology to robotics and mobile app development.
2018 witnessed a significant growth across the board with regards to participation. The number of people who participated jumped to 2.7 million participants from 2017’s 1.2 million. In addition to this, Code Week saw over 44,000 coding based activities take place over more than 70 countries throughout the week.
Crana College in Buncrana, Co. Donegal became one of the first schools in Ireland to introduce coding in to their 1st year curriculum at the beginning of the 2018/19 school year. This innovative move was then launched officially during EU Code Week 2018 where tech giants Google and Intel held sponsored coding events and activities over the course of the week.