Lyttle launches exciting new computer coding project ‘Thinkspace’

Alliance East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle will sponsor the launch of a new project called ‘Thinkspace’ at Stormont on Wednesday at 18:00. The project aims to get young people involved in computer coding by creating a relaxed and inclusive environment where they can go and use the latest technology to develop their skills. The project will operate throughout the UK and has been backed by Stephen Fry, Richard Branson and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. It was developed in England but will be led in Northern Ireland by local teenagers Jordan Earle and Matthew Carson.

A Thinkspace is a place designed to be like a Google/Twitter office where people can come and relax, while also learning key skills. One of the key aims is to make sure Thinkspace is accessible to everyone regardless of their gender, socioeconomic background, or physical location. They are looking to create partnerships with schools, colleges, and youth organisations to roll out Thinkspace across Northern Ireland.

Chris Lyttle MLA said: “It is great to see young people enthusiastic about computer coding who are working creatively to encourage others to get involved.

“It is important that our young people are equipped with the skills to compete for jobs available in emerging industries such as software design. These sectors could become lucrative areas for the growth of our economy, which further highlights the positive role that projects such as ‘Thinkspace’ can play.

“Endorsements from people like Stephen Fry and Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak have been a real encouragement to the young people and I am excited to see the results of the first ‘Thinkspace’ partnership with WIMPS in the coming months. I would like to wish Jordan and Matthew all the success and I am sure they will act as an inspiration for other young people to get involved in computer coding.”


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