Teaching granny how to code – online workshop in Greece

Publication date: October 28, 2020
On 17 October 2020, Alexander Innovation Zone S.A. and the GREEK COMPUTER SOCIETY (GCS), Division of Macedonia-Thrace organised the webinar “Teaching my grannies coding. The webinar took place as part of this year’s EU Code Week celebrations.
The webinar is part of a series that will follow until the end of the year, for more online activities in Greek, have a look at the calendar of featured events. Over 20 people participated from various Greek regions like Poros, Alexandroupoli, Veria and Koufalia.
Children and their grannies and grandpas split into pairs and made their first steps into coding.
Dr Theodouli (Lia) Terzidou, a teacher of Information Technology and Petros Tsiompanis, a high school student, led the workshop together.
Together, kids and their grandparents learned how to use the video conferencing tool Zoom. They wrote their first lines of code while playing in Minecraft and discovered that programming is fun for everyone and has no age restrictions.
It is worth mentioning that the participation of grandmothers was double compared to that of grandfathers. Most of the senior participants were 71 to 80 years old, while some participants were even over 81. As for their young assistants, the majority was under ten years old!
The goal of this workshop was to inspire startups to create technology products and services tailored to the needs of the elderly. By observing the digital behaviour of senior citizens during this cycle of webinars, young entrepreneurs have the opportunity to listen to their needs and come up with innovative solutions.
Stay tuned for the next online workshop!
For more information, visit www.thessinnozone.gr