Virgin Media launches 'Future Makers Awards'

The awards will recognise young coders aged 10 to 17

Maeve McLaughlin
by Maeve McLaughlin on 20th October, 2016

Virgin Media has announced the launch of a Europe-wide initiative called the Future Makers Awards to mark Europe Code Week which began on Saturday 15th October and runs until this Sunday, the 23rd.

About the Future Makers Awards

The competition asks young Irish people - aged between 10 and 17 - to submit ideas that they feel can bring about positive social change in their communities using technology and coding.

The awards were created in conjunction with the well-known CoderDojo movement, which organises free coding clubs around the world.

How the competition will work is:

  • Participants will have six weeks to develop their projects - they must submit their applications and a presentation video by 1 December.
  • There will be two age groups - 10 to 13, and 14 to 17. In February 2017 the best ideas in both age groups will be recognised.

Anyone interested in applying can find further information and the application form on the Coder Dojo website.

“Coding is the language of the future”

Speaking about the awards, Tony Hanway, CEO of Virgin Media said: “Coding is the language of the future as it is at the core of digitisation. The earlier youngsters take an interest in coding, the easier it will be for them to find their way in the digital world.

“With the Europe-wide Future Makers Awards Virgin Media want to inspire Irish children and young people to get involved with the language of the future – after all coding is great fun and an essential skill for future development.”

Giustina Mizzoni, Executive Director of the CoderDojo Foundation said they were delighted to be partnering with Virgin Media to “empower even more children to make the future with code”.

Mizzoni added: “The premise of the Future Makers Awards, inspiring young people to use their coding and tech skills for social good, is a core part of the CoderDojo ethos. Technology can be a fundamental force for social change, through encouraging youths to use their digital making skills to create positive change in their local communities we are ensuring that future is bright for generations to come!”