Monday, June 24, 2024

To attract more girls into IT, Accenture PH holds ?Hour of Code? anew

Accenture?s local office recently teamed up with advocacy group Code.org to support ?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, and continue learning beyond one hour.

Grade school pupils participate in the "Hour of Code" initiative of Accenture Philippines at its Libis site in Quezon City. The all-girl contingent used a GUI-based programming tool from Code.org
Grade school pupils participate in the “Hour of Code” initiative of Accenture Philippines at its Libis site in Quezon City. The all-girl contingent used a GUI-based programming tool from Code.org

Through the activity, Accenture sought to inspire, develop, and grow the next generation of technology talent and help introduce computer science to students in the Philippines.

This is the second year that Accenture in the Philippines has conducted Hour of Code. It is one of Accenture?s key efforts to encourage STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) adoption among the youth in order to build a talent pool of highly skilled IT professionals for the IT-BPM industry?s future needs.

?Technology is changing the way we all work and live. It is extremely important to get students interested in and exposed to technology, specifically code which is the language that powers technology, at an early age so that they understand the way things work. This will also give them an appreciation for technology and encourage them to pursue studies and careers in STEM,? explained Ambe Tierro, Accenture Delivery Centers for Technology lead in the Philippines.

Accenture hosted a special all-girls coding session with select 7-12 year old daughters of its technology employees and students from Food for Hungry Minds school, an organization dedicated to providing underprivileged children access to quality education.

The youngest participant is a 5-year-old daughter of Michael Edward Lao, managing director for Accenture technology
The youngest participant is a 5-year-old daughter of Michael Edward Lao, managing director
for Accenture technology

Other activities included #HourOfCode Sessions in public and private schools and Accenture facilities:

? Ambe Tierro, technology lead of Accenture in the Philippines, taught three classes with approximately 80 Grade 4 students of PAREF Southridge

? JP Palpallatoc, digital group lead of Accenture in the Philippines, taught two classes with approximately 80 Grade 6 students of St. Paul College, Pasig City, Elizabeth Seton School in Imus, Cavite (30+ Grade 7 students)

? Bagumbayan Elementary School in Manila (50 Grade 6 students)

? Ilaya Barangka Elementary School in Mandaluyong (60+ Grade 6 students)

? Cebu National Science High School (35 Grade 7 & 8 students)

? Accenture Kids Edition ? Accenture Technology employees brought along their children ? a total of 180 kids, to six designated Accenture facilities: five in Manila, and one in Cebu, for an hour of fun and coding

?Accenture is a staunch advocate of developing the talent of the future in the IT-BPM industry and is a proud supporter of activities such as Hour of Code,? added Tierro.

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