March 12 2020

The Reference participates in Code City 2020

We are proud to announce The Reference will join the City of Ghent’s STEM project Code City once again in 2020. For the second year in a row, we are one of various Ghent-based companies that will coach students of local schools in their journey to learn the basics of writing code.

What is Code City 2020?

During Code City 2020, students from Ghent-based primary and secondary schools learn the basics of writing code and programming. In one hour time, one of many coaches from various local companies active in technology will teach them all they need to know to get started.

During the first year, the students learned to write code through Minecraft, last year they programmed Bluebot robots. In 2020, we’ll make the learning process fun with a MicroBit mini-computer. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to get more students excited to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The Reference at Code City 2020

We’re proud to be a part of the Code City 2020 project. As a company with its headquarters rooted Ghent, The Reference has an eager team of experienced coders and programmers ready to share their wisdom and knowledge. In this team of 170 experts, eight volunteered to teach their skills to the Code City students.

John De Wever, Marketing & Communication Director at The Reference: “We were happy to be a part of this beautiful initiative in 2019 and wouldn’t want to miss out on this year’s installment. Today, we can spark the same interest in programming many of our own developers had when they were younger. By contributing to this project, I’m certain we help make the future an even more exciting place. After all, it’s the people behind the technology we use that shape our society through digital.”

Sam De Bock is one of the returning developers from The Reference that is eager to participate. “Last year, I've had the opportunity to join my Project Manager on his Code City adventure as an additional technical expert. I felt a bit jealous of the kids, as I didn't get these lessons when I was a younger. I really stood behind the concept and wanted to join again this year for another round.”

For more information on Code City 2020, visit their official website.

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