Apple is Hosting Free Coding Lessons at its Stores Next Week

By Gerald Lynch on at

Ever fancied dabbling in some coding, but never known where to start? Apple will be teaming up with to host hour-long free workshops, teaching coding basics to anyone that signs up, no matter what their age or ability.

446 Apple stores worldwide will be participating on Thursday 11th December, with the event coinciding with the second annual Hour of Code, "a global movement to make computer science accessible to all students," aiming to remove "the veil of mystery that surrounds computer science and breaking stereotypes that steer girls and minorities away from the field."

"We’re thrilled to have Apple on board again this year, encouraging students around the world to explore the wonders of building technology,” said Hadi Partovi, co-founder of “The Hour of Code, we hope, will continue to spark a creative fire that students might otherwise never discover.”

“We are proud to be part of making computer science accessible to students of all ages around the world,” added Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Education is part of Apple’s DNA and we believe this is a great way to inspire kids to discover technology.”

All of Apple's retail stores in the UK are participating. Places are filling up super-fast, so if you're interested in some free tutoring, sign up snappily. [Apple]

Update: This post originally stated that only selected Apple stores are taking part. In fact, all Apple retail stores will be hosting the coding event. The post has been updated to reflect that.