Coding Bootcamp Praha selected as a finalist of the 2018 European edition of the Inclusive Innovation Challenge organised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The MIT IIC (now MIT Solve) was launched in 2015 to recognize and celebrate organizations around the world that are using technology to solve a grand challenge of our time — to create not only prosperity but shared prosperity by reinventing the future of work in the digital era. A brainchild of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, the IIC seeks to find and promote startups and entrepreneurial organizations using technology to increase financial prospects for low- and moderate-income earners. The IIC supports entrepreneurs by recognizing and rewarding such technological solutions that create greater shared prosperity today.
In 2018, the year that Coding Bootcamp Praha was listed among the finalists, the IIC expanded to a global tournament model, collaborating with partners in five regions — North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The award categories included Skills Development & Opportunity Matching, Income Growth & Job Creation, Technology Access, and Financial Inclusion. Coding Bootcamp Praha was selected among the Top 3 in the Skills Development & Opportunity Matching category, and together with other finalists of the European edition took part in the award ceremony in Darmstadt, Germany, on September 10, 2018.
Skills Development & Opportunity Matching
As an edtech non-profit startup, we believe it is critical to prepare people to succeed in rapidly-growing job categories in tech, including all types of software development, robotics, AI, and renewable energy. Our goal is to build and cultivate the digital society by helping as many people as possible to learn programming. The Coding Bootcamp Praha innovative educational model is re-inventing the way programming can be taught in an affordable way. Our scalable solution combines the best of the on-line and off-line teaching concepts to reach and provide high-quality education to students regardless of their age, gender or socioeconomic background. We strongly believe that all people should be empowered to build great products that make everyone’s lives better and easier.
The demand for high-tech skills is on a long-term growth track. According to the latest predictions, the gap between demand and supply is expected to reach half a million. Simultaneously, Millennials report a mismatch between their skill set and the skill set expected for their current job or a job they would prefer to work at. However, the skills mismatch affects all layers of society, from the productivity and efficiency of businesses to current and future welfare of young people. Accessible life-long education and training are, therefore, gaining more relevance than ever as the industry strives to reach maturity while keeping up with disruptive change.