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Free, Open, Non/Profit Movement Inspires Youth Interest in Software ProgrammingWho says a kid's brain has to rot during summer? NOT up in HERE! This weekend we are super/stoked to kick off a brand/new, Midtown Atlanta/based chapter of CoderDojo, a free and open learning lab to teach youth (Ages 7/17) how to code and get excited about the future of software programming. Kudos to one of our developers, Josh Gough for getting the ball rolling. Josh and VersionOne CTO Ian Culling have been very busy coordinating volunteers and chatting with other successful Dojos from here to Ireland in prep for what's now close to 50 kids expected this Saturday at our first event. The goal is to get young people learning how to code, develop Web sites, apps, programs, games and more from a network of volunteer mentors from around the Atlanta coding community. (HR disclaimer: we have a 'no/creeper rule' // all mentors will have passed a professional background check funded by the VersionOne Foundation).What is CoderDojo?Coder Dojo Ponce Springs is part of a global movement that provides a safe and fun environment where kids gain skills in software engineering – a job market projected to grow 30 percent by the year 2020. “In a CoderDojo, kids unleash their curiosity and creativity,” Gough said. “Adult mentors assist and encourage, but kids quickly start teaching each other, spreading their excitement to their peers. Thousands of kids in more than 200 Dojos around the world are learning to code today. We can't wait to see what Atlanta’s kids create!” The kick/off session is this Saturday, June 29 at 2pm ET. But if you can't make the first one, no worries; kids can join at any time. Sessions are held twice a month in VersionOne’s Midtown office space (620 Glen Iris Drive, Atlanta, GA) and are open to all Metro Atlanta youth. VersionOne will donate about a dozen laptops to the program for kids who cannot provide their own; but if you have a laptop, please bring it. Also note that parents/guardians are required to remain in attendance when they bring kids under Age 13. “In addition to giving young people a great learning opportunity regardless of their economic situations, the most important goal is to make sure these kids have an awesome time,” said Culling.Learn more. Tell your social network...CoderDojo Ponce Springs is funded by the VersionOne Foundation and grants from the local community. To learn more about CoderDojo Ponce Springs and register for any of the sessions, visit http://www.meetup.com/CoderDojoPonceSprings/ (share this link with #coderdojo). For information on making a contribution contact HR@VersionOne.com.