Accenture Brings Coding to Students with Hour of Code Activities to Ignite Interest in Computer Science

Accenture teams with Code.org through tutorials and classroom learning sessions that focus on digital technology skills

With over 500,000 computer science jobs available in the U.S. alone, an education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is more important than ever. That’s why Accenture (NYSE: ACN) continues to support Code.org and Hour of Code, a global educational movement that reaches millions of students through a one-hour introduction to coding and computer science.

Accenture employees in more than 200 cities across 55 countries have pledged to complete more than 14,000 Hours of Code during Computer Science Education Week in December. This includes more than 2,000 hours pledged by Accenture employees to lead local events or volunteer at schools in their communities by working with teachers and Code.org to expand opportunities for students to learn coding and computer science skills. This comes after Accenture announced a commitment of $10 million to support the Internet Association’s initiatives to expand STEM and computer science education.

As part of the #AI4Good initiative and in conjunction with Hour of Code, Accenture is helping students better understand artificial intelligence (AI) with an AI-focused coding tutorial. In the tutorial, a robot is sent to an unknown planet to discover if humanity could establish a new settlement. The student learns about various AI techniques that teach the robot how to recognize animals and plants, understand a new language and have dialogue with inhabitants.

To learn more or participate in Hour of Code visit accenture.com/HoC2017 or code.org/.

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