Code 441 Commended For Planning Hackathon

December 31, 2014

Rolfe Commissiong, the Shadow Minister of Human Affairs with responsibility for Workforce Development, commended the non-profit organization Code 441 and Bermudian Jahde Eve for organizing the first “Hackathon” on the island.

Mr Commissiong said, “This event was designed to expose our young people to the vast opportunities available in the global tech sector, particularly in the field of programming and coding.

“We need to encourage our young people like Jahde Eve, who is showing young Bermudians what is possible once they apply themselves. And we also need to ensure that more persons of colour; and women, immerse themselves in STEM related learning.

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Mr. Commissiong continued, “STEM which is the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math represents the new frontier of learning; and one in which Bermuda needs to embrace if we are going to maintain our global competitiveness.

“Previously , we have noted that the world renowned CISCO certification is now available at the Bermuda college. This cutting edge programme was facilitated by the previous Progressive Labour Party government and it continues to offer real value for our young people and is available right now.

“We believe that the growth in tech related careers will be exponential over the coming decades and once a student achieves the necessary proficiency, it can serve as a global passport to well paying, highly rewarding and exciting careers.

“We also commend the XL Group for hosting the event,” added Mr. Commissiong.

For more information on the Hackathon, visit the website, Facebook page, and Twitter page.

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  1. Sky Pilot says:

    he just had to bring in the race card!…typical,wouldn’t expect anything less from Commissiong.

    It’s about he and his cronies looked around Bermuda and saw all the colours here

    • Sky Pilot says:

      correction:
      It’s about ‘time’ he and …..

    • Truth Teller says:

      Wow…in both the US and Europe their is a growing awareness that more racial and gender diversity is needed in this growing sector. The fact of the matter is that the tech sector in this part of the world is dominated by white males.

      Is there something wrong in encouraging the above? And in Europe you may find that in near future that they may take the route of imposing quotas to ensure that more women are found at the highest levels of corporate life.

      Are you opposed to the gender part too; or just the part that is calling for more racial diversity?

      Its always those who have historically benefited from entitlement and white privilege who are the usually loudest voices against inclusiveness.

      Along with Leah Scott of course!!!!

  2. bluebird says:

    @ Rolfe,
    many of us suggested this at (50) fifty years ago,maybe you should have a look at the Government/Public education system as they will not change.

  3. Common Sense says:

    I fully agree with Rolfe Commissiong in commending Code 441 for its excellent programme designed to encourage our young Bermudians to get involved in this new frontier of learning in science, technology, engineering and math. This is exactly what Bermuda needs to embrace if we are going to maintain our global competitiveness. And thanks also to the XL Group for sponsoring the event.

    This is the way forward.