TECH WEEK: Young innovators learn the art of coding in White City

The next generation of local innovators are learning the art of coding in White City.

Imperial College London is giving local young residents, aged 10-14, the chance to be the next Steve Jobs of this world with an after-school coding club at the Inventions Rooms in Wood Lane.

The Imperial Codelab programme uses interactive and creative coding projects to give young people the opportunity to develop practical skills in problem-solving, creativity and computational thinking.

It forms part of the booming tech district in White City which includes the likes of Airbus, pharmaceutical giant Novartis and fashion giant Yoox Net-A-Porter Group, which funds the coding club.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local young people to fulfil their potential and work in some of the hottest industries we’re bringing to the borough,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy and the Arts.

“We want all our residents to share in the prosperity we’re bringing to the borough as we make H&F the best place to live, work and play in Europe.”

The coding club coincides with the council’s Industrial Strategy (pdf 2.6MB) to make H&F a place where new developments and investment offer real benefits for local residents.

Solve the coding puzzle

White City resident Naomi Gentle is a huge fan of the coding club. “Coding is like solving a puzzle,” said the 11-year-old. “The classes are very interesting. I love coming here.”

Hammersmith mum, Frances Southerden, is another admirer of the coding club.

“My son Alex is very interested in coding so I brought him down and he absolutely loves the classes. This is an amazing opportunity for local young people to learn with a world leading university,” added Frances.

The learning platform used on the course was developed by Imperial students from the Department of Computing as a project for their master’s degree.

Since graduating, they have founded digital education start-up TuringLab, who remain crucial to the delivery of Codelab at Imperial.

Professor Susan Eisenbach from Imperial College London was instrumental in setting up Codelab.

“We ran Codelab last year on our South Kensington Campus, but expanding the programme this year to include White City has been a really positive step,” said Professor Eisenbach.

“Many of the best software engineers started coding in their early teens. We are very pleased to be able to give local young people a leg up into this exciting world."

The coding club is on Wednesdays at the Invention Rooms from 4pm to 5.30pm.

If you would like to find out more about attending the coding club or other activities taking place at The Invention Rooms, please email Imperial’s White City Community Engagement Team at:

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