Celine Boudier learnt her first coding concepts in high school when she discovered she could program her calculator in Basic. Since then, she graduated as a software engineer at ENSTA ParisTech, France and worked 7 years at Aldebaran (now SoftBank Robotics Europe, Paris) as app developer and lead on ASKNAO, a set of robotic applications to help educators teach learning goals to children with autism. She also worked as Product Owner and Team Leader on Choregraphe, the graphical programming software for robotic apps. Now she keeps on the path of technology for education, working at Ocado Technology as Team Lead for Code For Life. Her team works with a group of volunteers from UK and Poland on open source coding games to inspire the next generation of technologists.
Do you remember when you wrote your first line of code? Lucy and Chris remember. It was January 2016 for Lucy. By now, she is familiar with all basic coding concepts. Lucy is 6 years old. For Chris, it was about 10 years ago, but he wished he had learnt earlier. Chris is 28. In January, Lucy’s teacher introduced Code for Life into the classroom. Ocado Technology's Code for Life is a free, open source project whose first web game, Rapid Router, teaches programming to primary school children. It offers fun activities for pupils and materials to support teachers. When Chris was Lucy's age, nobody told him about programming and now he wishes he had access to tools such as Code For Life. That's why he has been working with a team of like-minded volunteers for two years on the project, helping improve the first web app and think about new ones such as an artificial intelligence game for teenagers, to inspire children like Lucy. Care to help or to know more? You will hear about the Code For Life development pipelines, the new ideas, the volunteering coordination and how the team wants to make sure children and teachers will have the best programming experience.