Weekly Digest
08 September 2014

September 8th, EYIF Innovation Weekly Digest

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On coding at school. “Getting more kids to code has been a cause célèbre for the technology industry for some time. Teaching programming skills to children is seen as a long-term solution to the “skills gap” between the number of technology jobs and the people qualified to fill them”. The UK starts the course with a new national curriculum for schools that includes computation. Starting at the age of 5 years, The Guardian explains how it will work. There’s a reason behind this. “At primary level, it helps children to be articulate and think logically: when they start breaking down what’s happening, they can start predicting what’s going to happen. It’s about looking around you almost like an engineer at how things are constructed.” What do you think?

On women in tech (and Obama’s new CTO). Later this week Google’s executive Megan Smith was named as the next Chief Technology Officer of the United States of America. Megan has decades of experience in Silicon Valley and you can read here what being a CTO for the Government implies. But here’s another view: Obama’s new CTO pick is a big step for women in tech. “And yet, having a woman fulfil one of the top roles in tech will likely have its own halo effect. As Smith told a room full of young girls at an event this summer introducing Google’s Made With Code initiative, what women really need are more “heroes.” “Nobody’s encouraging you. Nobody’s showing you the value of why you’re doing this and why it’s so impactful on the world,” Smith said at the time. “We want to show you that you have incredible heroes who already do this work.”

On startup mentors. How to find the good, the bad and the ugly? In this Techcrunch post you will find others’ experiences and opinions. For example: “best mentor relationships seem to develop organically. The entrepreneur has a series of interactions with someone and after a while both sides realise they’re getting value from the conversations and – de facto – the person has become a mentor.” Make sure you read also the comments, where the debate continues.