Devoxx4Kids is a spin-off of the Devoxx developer conference, with some differences: the event lasts one day, does not include any conferences, but focuses on workshops and, of course, is designed for kids (ages 10-14).
Last year, I volunteered for Devoxx4Kids London and it was lots of fun. I like IT and I like kids, so it’s a good motivation! Playing with Scratch, making Nao the robot dance & talk, programming some Lego Mindstorms for battles, etc. You almost end up being a kid yourself!
It’s a very good initiative to introduce basic engineering and programming skills to the youngest generation so they discover what IT is in a good and practical way. This experience can also teach them some soft skills like patience, sharing and listening.
Devoxx4Kids is also a good opportunity to teach kids that tech is not something only for boys, and girls can take their part too. As they are young, they are much less concerned with stereotypes. As a reader of this blog and probably an adult, you won’t be surprised that someone working in IT can be associated to a bearded nerdy guy typing lines of code in the dark with his coffee & a sexy wallpaper…
Joke apart, Devoxx4kids will take place next Saturday (on May 11th) in London. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend and help this year, I will have to give the Sphero BOLT and the Harry Potter coding wand a miss. But don’t hesitate, if you are interested and free that day, I would say it’s never too late to volunteer. You can find all the details on the event page or reach them via Facebook or Twitter.
If you are not living in London or even in UK, there are plenty of Devoxx4Kids around the world, get in touch with the one near your home, I’m sure they will be happy to have some extra help!