Code (Cayman) is a learning and support network dedicated to supporting the growth of the local technology industry, and ensuring the skills required to enter or grow in this sector are accessible to everyone through training, events and mentorship programs.
Youth Code Cayman is set to take place Monday, 12 August 2019 from 9:00am–2:00pm at Strathvale House a Cayman Enterprise City building. The program is open to all students between the ages of 12–17 years-old who are interested in coding and registration is free, but space is limited to 20 participants. The one-week course offers an intensive deep dive into computer programming, game development, website and application creation and more, plus ongoing one-on-one mentor support throughout the months following the program. A follow-up course is being planned for the fall so that participants can continue to advance and hone their coding skills.
Code (Cayman) was founded in 2019 by the Ministry of Community Affairs, Cayman Enterprise City, Walkers and Cartan Group as an initiative to support coding in Cayman. Youth Code Cayman is sponsored by Harneys and Omise Holdings, whose support includes the donation of 20 laptops to the youth program. Harneys and Omise Holdings are committed to helping develop Cayman into a technology center in the long-term, which includes nurturing Cayman’s next generation of technology experts through training and education programs.
In the US, computing jobs are the primary source of new wages and are projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs, yet 65% of schools do not teach computer science. In Cayman, Code (Cayman) is committed to supporting local students interested in technology through extracurricular education; the founders of the organization are committed to investing in the future of Cayman’s youth, from mentoring students through secondary and tertiary education to helping them find employment in the industry.
“Every 21st century child should have a chance to learn about algorithms, how to make an application, or how the internet works,” explains Brandon Caruana, Director of Code (Cayman) and Managing Member of Cartan Group. “As a group we are passionate about technology, software, security, cryptography, hardware and making technology accessible to everyone.”
Caruana will also lead the youth program. “We are excited about taking some of the best and brightest students in our community and building a long-term support infrastructure and community for the next generation of Cayman-based technology companies,” he adds.
Code (Cayman) recently completed its first training program Women Who Code, a 12 week-long introductory computer programming course. The free program was developed to help close the technology sector’s gender gap and offered more than 30 women a supportive network and platform to learn how to code. Following its success, the organization is prepping for a second series of the program to take place in fall 2019.
About Code (Cayman)
Code (Cayman) supports and develops active contributors to Cayman’s digital economy. Code (Cayman) designs and organizes programs for individuals interested in software development to learn or further their knowledge about the topic, pursue a career in the field or as an extracurricular activity or hobby. These programs are customized to introduce participants to programming and provide a setting to acquire the foundational skills, understanding, and knowledge to support further exploration in the field. Code (Cayman) wishes to empower individuals who want to acquire the necessary skillset to pursue a career in coding. Code (Cayman) fosters and nurtures support networks between students, alumni, and volunteers to promote leadership and encourage professional growth in the technology industry.