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Apple is offering free “Hour of Code” workshops for a full week

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In a bid to get more people on to the coding bandwagon, Apple has opened registration for coding workshops that are being organized in partnership with Code.org. Between December 5 to December 11, which is also Computer Science Education Week, the company will be holding Hour of Code workshops every day for one full week. The workshops will be held at all of Apple’s around 500 retail stores spread across the world.

The workshop is aimed at kids and other first timers. Along with acquainting them with the basics of computer science, the workshop will also attempt to generate awareness about the swift programming language. Attendants will also be offered an introduction to Swift Playgrounds, which is Apple’s iPad app for learning to code within its ecosystem.

Announcing the event, the company said,

We believe that learning to code opens doors to future opportunities. So as part of Computer Science Education Week, we’re hosting free workshops at the Apple Store December 5–11 to support the Hour of Code.

This is not the first time that the tech giant is offering to teach people to code. It has previously held similar workshops as well, however, they were usually limited to a day. The one week program is thus a first.

Speaking on the topic, Apple SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts said,

Hour of Code embodies our vision for Apple stores as a place for the community to gather, learn and be entertained. We’re proud to introduce the Swift Playgrounds app into the workshops and honored to again work side-by-side with Code.org on this incredibly important initiative. Hour of Code is one of the absolute highlights of the year for both our teams and the families that visit our stores.

The Hour Of Code comes as part of Apple’s big push towards education. ConnectEd schools, which receive grants from Apple to boost education, will also be able to host the Hour Of Code workshops in their premises. The company has been helping propagate code in other ways as well. For example, the company launched coding camps for kids in its stores back in June. It also came into the news for donating as many as 54,500 iPads to students and teachers in September.

In case you are wondering, the move will help rouse interest about Apple’s ecosystem and perhaps even get more people coding using Swift. Unlike Android, that has people developing applications left and right, the Cupertino giant still has a relatively small community of devs. Through schemes like “Hour Of Code” and “Swift Playground”, Apple hopes to change the equation.

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