Tech programme aims to teach kids about IT and entrepreneurship

Jason Suttie and Lisa Illingworth at the launch of the CtrlSHIFT tech programme. Photo:Laura Pisanello

Wealth Creators and The Coding Ground have combined forces to teach school children about IT and entrepreneurship.

The CtrlSHIFT competition will focus on tech-minded teenagers in Gauteng and give those who have interesting tech ideas an opportunity to learn how to code, build a prototype and turn the ideas into a viable business.

The competition is open to all Grade 8 to 10 schoolchildren in Gauteng who have innovative ideas in various areas of technology.

Lisa Illingworth, the co-founder of Wealth Creators said, “The kids come with their tech ideas and pitch their ideas to a panel of tech entrepreneurs who will qualify their ideas. They then get taken through an introduction to programming and a bootcamp which will turn their idea into a business.”

Jason Suttie is excited about the launch of the CtrlSHIFT tech programme. Photo: Laura Pisanello

From here, the best ideas will be selected to be developed into a working prototype. The Coding Ground team will give six weeks of dedicated time to develop a prototype for the schoolchild with the winning idea and wireframe

Illingworth added that the partnership between Wealth Creators and The Coding Ground happened by chance but they are both passionate about giving children skills which they are not taught in schools.

“Kids from all over have signed up with their ideas and there are some really cool ideas because they’re not risk averse, they don’t have this switch in their head that tells them something isn’t going to work, they’re willing to try new things.”

Jason Suttie from the Coding Ground said, “The Coding Ground is really about us rolling up our sleeves and saying we’re willing to do something to solve a problem and raise the level of skills and widen the pool of talent in South Africa.”

“The future is not in traditional jobs and traditional ways of thinking,” added Suttie.

“We need to equip our youth with skills and behaviors that give them the best possible opportunities to be future-proofed. CtrlSHIFT has been designed to give teenagers the experience in taking an idea and turning it into a working model both technological sound and viable as a business. This combines two critical skills needed in the future world of work.”

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The official launch was hosted on 27 March 2018 and entries can be submitted online until 30 April 2018 at www.wealthcreator.co.za

Details: CtrlSHIFT

Share your thoughts on the CtrlSHIFT programme on the Sandton Chronicle Facebook page.

Lisa Illingworth and Boo Prince at the launch of the CtrlSHIFT tech programme. Photo: Laura Pisanello

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