Amsterdam wants to learn programming youth




The City of Amsterdam wants to learn programming youngsters. Therefore, schools should pay attention to programming and should be special coding academies. The municipality hopes that startups it easier in finding personnel.

Amsterdam The desire to learn programming youth is part of a plan to make Amsterdam more attractive for start-ups. According to the municipality of Amsterdam there are currently too few ‘technical and entrepreneurial talents’ to meet the needs of start-ups. Amsterdam reserving 5 million euros for the plan.

Alderman Kajsa Ollongren of Economic Affairs wants to learn to program 250 young people a year in the coding academies. In the next four years, which is expected to cost 5.7 million euros. The council hopes that companies also deposit money. The municipality has for the overall plan, which embraces more than just learning to program by children, after all, only 5 million euros. It is unclear whether companies have made specific commitments. Alderman Ollongren hopes to work with start-up accelerators as Rockstart and Startup Bootcamp.

In addition, the municipality that schools pay more attention to programming. “But it also depends a bit on the national government down,” said spokesman Sebastian Meijer on behalf of the alderman. Wants to support the municipal schools who want to give more attention to programming. This could be worked with, for example museum Nemo and Google, thinks the church.

The city hopes that Amsterdam is one of the three most popular destinations for start-ups in Europe alongside London and Berlin. To this end, the municipality also get various tech fairs in Amsterdam, including the European edition of TechCrunch Disrupt, and the city wants to start his own start-up scholarship named Amsterdam Launchpad Week.


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