December 07, 2015
Accenture Teams with Code.org to Advance Coding Literacy and Encourage Participation in Hour of Code
Accenture employees in 186 cities across 56 countries pledge to complete nearly 8,000 Hours of Code
NEW YORK; Dec. 7, 2015 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is teaming with Code.org to support global participation in Hour of Code, one of the world’s largest educational events, designed to prove anyone can learn the basics of coding, have fun doing it, then continue learning beyond one hour. Thousands of Accenture employees around the world have pledged to complete nearly 8,000 Hours of Code during Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13). This number is expected to grow as Accenture employees commit to an Hour of Code and volunteer to work with teachers and Code.org to help students learn the basics of computer science at local schools and events through fun, game-like online lessons.
Organized by Code.org, the Hour of Code brings together more than 350 partner organizations and tens of millions of students in every country around the world. The campaign culminates with a massive coding event the week of Dec 7-13, with 191,000 registered events. The goal of the grassroots movement is to empower every student in every school with the opportunity to learn computer science. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.
”We are aligned with Code.org’s mission and vision that exposure to coding is important to the success of every student, regardless of what field they choose to pursue,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology officer. “We must all do more to encourage greater interest in computer science in schools, especially for girls and underrepresented students of color. Armed with coding skills they develop throughout their academic careers, students will be much better prepared to fill key roles in the digital businesses of the future. I am impressed with the passion and energy that our Accenture people are showing in their commitment to this important cause.”
“The need for people with STEM skills has never been greater,” said Roxanne Taylor, Accenture’s chief marketing and communications officer. “By 2020, there will be 1.2 million jobs requiring computer-related skills in the U.S. alone. Yet the pipeline of graduates with technology skills is lacking, especially among women. Code.org is helping to reverse this trend by addressing the issue early in the education cycle. We need to get young people excited about computer science long before they enter college. Hour of Code is an amazing campaign that does just that.”
As part of its collaboration with Code.org, senior Accenture leaders will join with employees in 186 cities across 56 countries to participate in Hour of Code activities including:
- Paul Daugherty, Accenture Chief Technology Officer, will join Code.org Co-founder and CEO Hadi Partovi at Fort Greene Preparatory Academy, Brooklyn, NY, US
- Ellyn Shook, Accenture Chief Human Resources Officer, at Oakridge International School, Bangalore, India
- Julie Sweet, Accenture Group Chief Executive – North America, at The National Center for Children and Families, Washington, D.C., US
- Emma McGuigan, Senior Managing Director, Accenture’s UK and Ireland Technology Group, at STEM organization, London, UK
- Jane Livesey, Managing Director, Accenture’s Australia and New Zealand Technology Lead , at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour School in Sydney, Australia
- Marc Carrel-Billiard, Managing Director, Accenture Technology, Global Technology R&D, at Fremont High School in Oakland, California, US
“Accenture is leading by example in their efforts to support computer science education with a company-wide commitment to help students start learning skills that will prepare them for the best opportunities in any future career path,” said Code.org CEO and Co-founder Hadi Partovi. “By not only looking inward into their own organization, Accenture’s support in classrooms and Code.org events around the world will address some of the biggest issues faced by the technology industry, helping make it more diverse, inclusive and available to all people.”
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 358,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.
Code.org is a 501c3 public non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. After launching in 2013, Code.org organized the Hour of Code campaign – which has introduced over 100 million students to computer science to date – and partnered with 90 public school districts nationwide to expand computer science programs. Code.org is supported by philanthropic donations from corporations, foundations and generous individuals, including Ballmer Family Giving, Google, Infosys Foundation USA, Microsoft, Omidyar Network and others.
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