Some of you might remember the first ever Hour of Code Zimbabwe event from last year which managed to rope in the partcipation of different institutions and introduced the concept of community-led coding sessions.
The team behind the Hour of Code Zimbabwe has gone on host other events that promote the same agenda – imparting programming skills and introducing more people to the world of software development. The good thing is that they don’t have to do it alone.
One of the latest developments for Hour Of Code Zimbabwe is that Astro Mobile, the Zimbabwean mobile device distributor has signed on as a sponsor for future Hour of Code events.
According to ICT Generation, the team behind the Zimbabwean Hour Of Code movement, Astro has pledged to support a host of activities that Hour Of Code has lined up, including monthly Coding battle Sessions and the main development sessions.
The sponsorship will include complimentary gifts to winners of the Battle Of Code contests, and support for the hosting of the Hour of Code training sessions.
Besides the easy to comprehend corporate social responsibility from Astro Mobile, this looks like a long-term investment in the future skills of developers and programmers. It is something that will, at some stage, complement Astro Mobile’s product and service evolution.
Astro Mobile has displayed ambitions for being more than just a device company with services like the Astro Mobi Store. these added services would need locally developed applications which can only be developed by local programmers. Any efforts to grow that pool, like what Hour Of Code is doing, are a win for companies like Astro Mobile. Perhaps other companies with plans for Value Added Services should also support such initiatives?