Learn to code in a day? Yes you can, says Decoded’s Kathryn Parsons (video)

21 Jun 2013

Kathryn Parsons, co-founder, Decoded

Certainly in Ireland coding has become the buzzword of late. The future coding generation is being spawned by the week with countless coding clubs springing up around the island for youths – think CoderDojo. At the European Digital Agenda Assembly in Dublin this week, we got to talk to one UK innovator, Kathryn Parsons, who has spotted a niche: to teach companies spanning all sectors how to code via her new start-up Decoded. She claims people can learn the fundamentals of coding, such as building an app, in just one day.

Parsons was in Dublin yesterday for the plenary session of the Digital Agenda Assembly.

European Commission heavyweights, such as vice-president Neelie Kroes, were at the event this week to share ideas with young innovators, entrepreneurs, industry and the public sector about how to shape Europe’s future digital economy.

Among them was Parsons, a linguist, who launched London-based Decoded along with Steve Henry in 2011. The idea for Decoded came about after she struggled to find software developers and programmers at her previous creative agency. Since setting up Decoded, the company has been gaining traction fast – having branched across the pond into New York and also in Singapore. And with that, Parsons is fast becoming a mover and shaker in coding education circles.

She claims people who engage in Decoded’s school will leave being able to build their own app using HTML, CSS and Javascript after just a day’s training.

Decoded appears to be attracting all types of people from corporations – including management – all eager to skill up on the business of coding.

Watch Parsons in the following video as she talks about the demystification of coding and why she thinks Ireland is a great exemplar for teaching kids how to code.

Digital Agenda Assembly 2013 – Co-founder Kathryn Parsons on how Decoded is teaching people how to code in a day

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Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic