Lorien and MAMA.codes close digital divide with kids’ charity boardroom takeover

Children took over our Lorien boardroom in London for an eco-hackathon.

Our digital talent solutions specialist teamed up with kids’ coding school MAMA.codes for ‘Green the World’, in which children aged five to 11 were challenged to find tech solutions to climate change, pollution and waste, and present them. They were supported by business leaders and mentors from Impellam and MAMA.codes, who helped them see the real-world applications and potential for their ideas.

Twenty-four children attended the event. They heard from Lorien MD David Gettins, and Impellam IT Director Rachel Tonks spoke to them about her career and the importance of women in tech. The children spent the morning doing coding activities and then used the skills they’d learnt to present their idea to green the world. Among the solutions presented were installing solar panels at school.

Chris Blackburn, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Lorien, SRG and Carbon60, was among those who attended. He said: “As custodians of some of the best STEM organisations in the UK, we have a responsibility to engage and educate youngers about the world of STEM, so we can create a pipeline of talent and open up opportunities to children from all backgrounds.”

Lorien has been working with MAMA.codes since 2020 to boost STEM career prospects and confidence in children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Three-quarters of those who attended are part of MAMA.codes’ outreach programme, which was set up in 2018 in partnership with charity Nova New Opportunities to support families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

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