Techmums taster courses released online, targeting 1m students by 2020
Dr Sue Black speaking at Inspirefest 2015. Image: Conor McCabe Photography

Techmums taster courses released online, targeting 1m students by 2020

27 Jan 2017

With optimistic plans of reaching 1m users by the end of the decade, Techmums is releasing a taster version of its free five-week IT course online.

Aimed at mothers with little or no IT experience, Techmums has proved remarkably popular to date.

Headed up by Sue Black, who spoke at Inspirefest last year and will return this summer, a taster version of the courses will be provided free of charge to mothers with no prior IT experience.

Covering basics like safety and general IT skills, right up to entry-level coding and app design, the programme is built to help non-digital natives to reskill for today’s online world.

It will be released online next month, with support from Cognifide, Addison Group and Capgemini, part of Black’s drive to reach 1m ‘techmums’.

“Team Techmums are so excited to be supported by WPP’s agencies and Capgemini,” said Black in BusinessCloud.

“We aim to have one million techmums across the globe by 2020 and are looking forward to working with them to make that happen.” The course entered Ireland in late 2015.

Black made her name through the work she did to protect one of WWII’s most important cryptography hubs, Bletchley Park.

Made famous by the film The Imitation Game, Bletchley Park was where the British forces finally cracked Enigma, one of Germany’s most successful encryption techniques.

It was not technical glories that caught Black’s attention, but the people who achieved these war-winning successes.

The codebreaking at Bletchley Park saved as many as 22m people according to Black, who was astonished at how little was known about it in the general populace, even that it was a museum at all.

Add this to the fact that it was “teetering on a financial knife edge”, and Black was called into action. Thus, Saving Bletchley Park was born.

Inspirefest is Silicon Republic’s international event connecting sci-tech professionals passionate about the future of STEM. Book now to get your Early Bird tickets.

Updated, 2.10pm, 27 January 2017: This article was updated to clarify that a taster version of the course will be available next month.

Gordon Hunt
By Gordon Hunt

Gordon Hunt joined Silicon Republic in October 2014 as a journalist. He spends most of his time avoiding conversations about music, appreciating even the least creative pun and rueing the day he panicked when meeting Paul McGrath. His favourite thing on the internet is the ‘Random Article’ link on Wikipedia.

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