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The Second ‘Saudi Codes’ Taught over 1 million participants

The Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz ‘Misk’ Foundation celebrated the winners of the first session of ‘Saudi Codes’.
Saudi Codes is a partnership between Misk, the Saudi Education Ministry, the Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Saudi Telecom Co. (STC).

It is an educational initiative designed to teach people computer programming in an accessible and relevant way. The second “Saudi Codes” event taught 1,025,971 Arabic speakers in Saudi Arabia and 139 other countries how to code in three programming languages: JavaScript, Python and MakeCode.

Saudi Arabia scored the fourth place globally in accomplishing 40 hours of coding with the participation of 307 thousand students and 4000 trainers from 113 cities and towns.

Dr. Al-Eissa pointed out that the Saudi Vision 2030 focuses on the three main themes: a vibrant society, a thriving economy, and an ambitious nation. He stressed that ‘Saudi Codes’ enforces these themes by investing in the development of the human capital in line with the labor market needs.

The daylong celebrations at Al-Raidah Digital City saw 60 coders participate in an “Ideathon” to develop solutions for improving lifestyles in the Kingdom. The winners of this final challenge were announced in an evening ceremony.

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Sawaha and the chairman of the board of the Misk Initiatives Center, Bader Al-Asaker, attended the event, along with representatives from partner organizations.

Deemah Al-Yahya, executive manager of Misk Innovation, the foundation’s training initiative, welcomed this collaboration between sectors.