Ireland tops leader board during Europe Code Week

20 Oct 2014

Europe Code Week saw Ireland hold 508 coding events, miles ahead of larger countries such as France, which held 233, Spain, which held 238 events, Germany, which held 68, and the UK, which hosted 54 events.

During the vital week, which saw Ireland punch well above its weight, only Greece came close with 443 events registered by the end of the week 11-18 October.

Last year’s EU Code Week led to the formation of EXCITED, The Digital Learning Movement.

Led by Ciarán Cannon, TD, this global movement for innovation and inspiration in digital learning then ran its first ever event, EXCITED, The Digital Learning Festival in Dublin Castle in May 2014.

Genuine hunger for learning and growth in coding

This hugely popular two-day event played host to world class leaders in education, technology and enterprise who spoke and took part in panel discussions and debates about the future of digital learning.

“We in Ireland have very high standards in coding practice and applications,” said Ciarán Cannon TD.

“The performance of our schools and clubs over the past week has not been surprising to me but has been a true reflection of this expertise and the genuine hunger for learning and growth in coding that exists in this country.

“I see this as indicative of the potential Ireland has to lead Europe into the future of coding and digital learning for the future,” Cannon said.

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John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist. He joined Silicon Republic in 2002 to become the fulcrum of the company’s news service He was recipient of the Irish Internet Association’s NetVisionary Technology Journalist Award 2005 and Siliconrepublic.com has been awarded ‘Best Technology Site’ at the Irish Web Awards seven times. In 2011 he received the David Manley Award commending him for his dedication to covering entrepreneurs. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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