icitizen and The Iron Yard team up to host Hour of Code event for Nashville students →

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 17, 2016)The Iron Yard, the country’s largest immersive code school, and icitizen, an innovative polling tech company based in Nashville, announced the two organizations will collaborate in hosting a free Hour of Code event on Tues., Dec. 6 from 5-6 p.m as part of Computer Science Education Week. The event will be held on The Iron Yard’s campus at 613 Ewing Ave #200, Nashville, TN 37203. It will be open for students ages 7-18 to attend.

“Nashville has a vibrant tech culture and we are excited to share the opportunities STEM education can bring with local students,” said Josh Cournoyer, Campus Director at The Iron Yard in Nashville. “An important part of investing in the tech economy for the long-run is reaching out to the next generation and getting them excited about coding at an early age. We are thrilled to partner with icitizen to celebrate Computer Science Education Week in Nashville, and work with Nashville’s youth.”

Students and staff from The Iron Yard, as well as team members and engineers from icitizen, will teach a curriculum that covers computer science fundamentals and demystifies “code” to show that anyone can learn the basics. The workshops are designed for both children who are brand new to coding and aspiring developers. The event is a part of Computer Science Education Week, recognized worldwide from Dec. 5-11, and enables students to gain exposure to a range of coding languages that are in high demand in job markets like Nashville.

“We’re excited to partner with The Iron Yard for this event,” said Brian Kuhn, Chief Product Officer of icitizen. “Nashville has done a tremendous job supporting and promoting STEM education. This is an amazing opportunity to further that cause by joining forces with IronYard and showing more students how technology will influence their futures. Soon enough, basic coding skills will be a must-have to enter the job market, and making it fun at an early age is a great way to encourage students to dive in.”

You can RSVP for the Hour of Code event on Dec. 6 and learn more about the event here.

Can’t make the event? The Hour of Code is a global movement that includes tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. Anyone can host an event or participate. Learn more here.

About icitizen:

icitizen connects citizens to the information, organizations and elected representatives most relevant to them. Through icitizen, citizens easily promote and stay informed on important issues and vote in polls to create meaningful change. Anonymous poll results and public opinion data are shared with representatives, organizations, companies and other stakeholders to inform policy. Using representative sampling based on U.S. Census and voter file targets, icitizen’s polling services help policymakers drive sound, data-driven decisions.

icitizen is based in Nashville, Tenn., and was featured on the 2016 IDC Innovator’s report as one of the top platforms for political engagement. The company’s polls are regularly featured in Fivethirtyeight, the New York Times and Huffington Post. For more information, visit icitizen.com.

About The Iron Yard:

The Iron Yard is one of the world’s largest code schools and exists to create real, lasting change for people, companies and communities through technology education. The school offers full-time programs in Back-End Engineering, Front-End Engineering, Mobile Engineering and Design. The Iron Yard operates more than 20 campuses in the U.S. For more information, visit theironyard.com.

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