#SuperCoders wins at European Digital Skills Awards 2016

#SuperCoders has won 1st Prize in the category of "Digital Skills for all Citizens" at the European Digital Skills Awards, organised by the European Commission. The prize was awarded in recognition of efforts made by the Group in the field of digital education, via an international project carried out by volunteer Orange employees.

The European Digital Skills Awards celebrate initiatives aiming to develop IT skills and improve the careers, education and daily lives of European citizens. The European Commission organises the awards in order to identify and highlight projects having had a significant and quantifiable impact, and thereby to inspire other operators to carry out similar initiatives across the continent.

At the 2016 awards, the jury selected four winning projects from a group of 16 finalists.

#SuperCoders emerged as the winner in the "Digital Skills for all citizens" category, which recognised projects working to improve digital literacy among the general population. #SuperCodeurs saw off competition from 65 other projects in its category, and ranked among the top 4 programs out of 258 European projects presented across all categories. The project has been a rewarding success both for Orange and the many volunteers involved in this far-reaching scheme.

Since 2014, 6500 young people have been introduced to the skill of coding, thanks to #SuperCodeurs and the commitment of its thousand-strong network of volunteer coaches

The Orange Group is particularly proud of the #SuperCoders program, whose objective is to give children aged 9 - 13 a first experience of IT coding and robotic programming. Free workshops were organised in a number of countries throughout the year (especially during European Coding Week and the European Commission’s Code Week), run by volunteer training staff from Orange and its partner associations. Children are asked to design games and short animations using the Scratch tool and to programme small robots such as the Thymio, making this a simple, fun and educational introduction to the digital world.

In some workshops, children even had the opportunity to share their experiences with participants in other countries via live video conferencing.

#SuperCoders was launched in 2014 as part of Orange’s "Better Internet for Kids" program; by the end of 2016, it will have reached over 6,500 children in 17 countries across Europe and Africa. The program is a firm illustration of the Group's determination to support digital education, so that every individual can become an active participant in the digital world of tomorrow.

Yves Boillot (#SuperCodeurs Program Director – Orange Group CSR) and Grégoire Khatchadourian (Manager and Coach training supervisor for #SuperCodeurs - OLPS)