Video: Coders the wizards of the future, says Newell

Valve boss, Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and others on the benefits of programming in schools
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Valve MD Gabe Newell have joined a wealth of other top developers and programmers on the importance of learning to code in schools in a new video.

Newell and Zuckerberg spoke of the benefits of learning how to code, how easy it can be and the lack of enough skilled programmers to fill jobs in a number of industries.

They were also joined by the likes of Valve technical artist Bronwen Grimes, Bill Gates, Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, Will.I.Am, Dropbox creator Drew Houston and Facebook’s first female engineer Ruchi Sanghvi.

“The programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future,” said Newell.

“You’re going to look like you have magic powers compared to everybody else."

Zuckerberg added: “Our policy is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. The whole limit in the system is there just aren’t enough people in the system who are trained and have these skills today.”

Valve’s Grimes also stated: “Valve technical artist ‘you don’t have to be a genius to code. Do you have to be a genius to read?

“Computers are everywhere, do you want to work in agriculture, entertainment, manufacturing? It’s just all over.”

The video claimed that only one in ten schools taught students how to code, echoing similar problems in the UK highlighted by the Next Gen Skills report, although the government has recently introduced computer science in the curriculum in an effort to overcome the digital skills gap in the country.

You can watch the video by CodeOrg below.

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