CODE KIDS VS. GAMING: CODE KIDS ALUMNI SEE WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WORK IN A TECH COMPANY
CODE Kids alumni had a memorable teambuilding in Bucharest and Cluj – 22 aspiring programmers, graduates of the coding clubs organized by Progress Foundation in rural libraries in Romania lived for 2 days an intense learning experience and saw what it means to work in a gaming firm. Thus, they received valuable and insightful information about technology, communication and HR from professionals in the field, and they also played with the results of their intellectual effort. The main partner and sponsor of the project is Gameloft Romania.
In 6 years of CODE Kids, more than 4600 children from 32 counties, mainly from rural areas, have participated in programming courses organised in public libraries. In 2022, 110 clubs are active nationwide, with 1200 children enrolled. Alumni play a key role in the development of the programme and remain with the programme after the 2 years of technology courses, becoming volunteers. They are committed to passing on what they have received and helping to open new programming and robotics clubs for as many rural children as possible, because they know from their own experience that it can change their educational path and, indeed, their career prospects.
“Our alumni network is living proof that the CODE Kids program really works as we intended, giving rural kids a great chance to learn coding in a sustained and fun way, but also to develop soft skills and become an example in their communities. The days spent with corporate super professionals were filled with important content on topics of great interest to them, information they can put to use both to grow their program and prepare for the next step: choosing a career. And, most importantly, they were able to exercise their imagination and dream of the day when they themselves will be part of a large technology company. Thank you to Gamloft for joining us in an experience we won’t soon forget.” said Narcis Lunceanu, coordinator of the CODE Kids alumni network.
About Progress and CODE Kids
CODE Kids is the flagship project of Progress Foundation, awarded in 2022 in Brussels at the Emerging Europe Awards competition with the top prize in the Future-proof Education category. Progress Foundation is a non-governmental organization, founded in 1996 in Bistrita, which contributes to the development of community institutions, vulnerable individuals and groups and helps people become more empowered through education, technology, research and innovation. The organisation supports people to evolve, realise their potential and achieve well-being in sustainable and resilient communities. Through its partnerships, Progress Foundation focuses on facilitating lifelong learning, transferring innovation, building IT and STEM skills, and developing new methodologies for participatory design and social inclusion. In achieving its goals and reaching every social group, the organization uses public libraries and community spaces in villages and towns as focal points for learning and centers for social innovation. www.progressfoundation.ro.
A leading game developer, Gameloft has been one of the top innovators in its field since 2000. Gameloft creates games for all digital platforms, 2 of which are in the “Top 10 iOS Games by All-Time Worldwide Downloads” according to App Annie. Gameloft operates its own franchises such as Asphalt®, Dragon Mania Legends, Modern Combat and Dungeon Hunter, while developing partnerships with major franchise owners such as Disney®, LEGO®, Universal, Illumination Entertainment, Hasbro®, Fox Digital Entertainment, Mattel®, Lamborghini® and Ferrari®.
Gameloft distributes its games in more than 100 countries and employs more than 3,600 people worldwide. Each month, advertisers can communicate to the 70 million unique users of Gameloft games through Gameloft for brands, a B2B solution offering dedicated solutions for brands and agencies. Gameloft is a Vivendi company.
Gameloft Bucharest was founded in 2000. A second studio was opened in Cluj-Napoca in August 2010. With a team of almost 400 professionals in Bucharest and 150 in Cluj, Gameloft Romania is growing steadily.
We create 100% cross-platform compatible games, from PCs to consoles, from mobile phones to tablets, bringing joy to millions of gamers around the world.
We are proud of games like: NOVA, NOVA 2, NOVA 3, Backstab, The Dark Knight Rises, Modern Combat 5, Starfront: Collision, Ferrari GT, Asphalt 5, Asphalt 6, Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front, Terminator: Salvation, Shrek Kart, Captain America 2, Blitz Brigade, Brothers in Arms 3, Sniper Fury, Asphalt 9, Iron Blade, Auto Defense, Sniper Champions and Gangstar New York.
Find out more about Gameloft Romania by visiting the company’s website, LinkedIn page and Facebook page.