Newcastle United will welcome 50 lucky teenagers this summer after the club sponsors launched a hunt for the next generation of internet visionaries in the North East.
Wonga Codemakers, a new initiative from the digital finance company, is seeking ambitious young people who are keen to shape the future of everything digital – from business and communications, to computer games and mobile apps.
Successful applicants will enjoy a free week’s coding camp at St James’ Park, learning programming languages that will enable them to control computers.
Wonga founder and CEO Errol Damelin explained: “Computer code is a language that few people understand, but it has the power to do so much and we’re determined to help fill a gap in school curriculums with an inspiring and accessible programme.
“The Newcastle camp will allow us to get things started and our vision is to educate and inspire thousands of children over the next few years. We’ll give successful applicants the skills needed to create working websites from scratch, but we’ll also fire their imaginations and make it enjoyable, so this won’t be your average IT experience.
“This is a non-profit initiative we’re launching in partnership with Codecademy.com, the global education company, and NUFC’s excellent Foundation.
“We’re still a young company but we’re determined to do something meaningful alongside our business activities and we’ve already been supporting entrepreneurial endeavours, such as providing thousands of interest-free loans via Kiva.org.”
The pilot programme will kick off with a coding camp for 13 and 14 year olds, from July 29 to August 2. Initially open to Year 8 and 9 pupils, they or their parents can now apply for a place on the camp at http://wongacodemakers.org/ . The application process will remain open until mid-July.