YNAP’S TECHNOLOGY EXPERTS WILL HOLD CODING SESSIONS FOR STUDENTS IN THE UK AND ITALY DURING COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WEEK, 5-11 DECEMBER.

Milan, 5 December 2016 – YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP (“YNAP”), the world’s leading online luxury fashion retailer, is taking part in the Hour of Code initiative, the biggest technology learning event globally created by the non-profit association Code.org to raise awareness of computer science and teach people the basic skills of computer programming. YNAP is keen to encourage the adoption of digital skills by the younger generation and fully recognises that education is a key driver to achieve this goal.

The Hour of Code takes place 5-11 December 2016 during Computer Science Education Week and involves tens of millions of kids aged 4 and beyond and adults, with over 100,000 events being held in more than 180 countries.

“The demands of tomorrow’s workplace are rapidly changing and it is critically important that we equip future generations with the skills they need to thrive. Our tech teams in the UK and Italy look forward to being part of the Hour of Code, sharing their passion for combining creativity and technology to code the future”

– commented Alex Alexander, Chief Information Officer, YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP

YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP will actively participate in the Hour of Code by offering lessons in the UK and Italy. Experts from YNAP’s technology team in London and Bologna will teach coding to children and young people aged 4 to 16 at a number of primary and secondary schools, higher learning and training centres in London, Milan and Bologna – the cities where the Group has its principal offices.

The scheme provides students with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of programming and a chance to engage with computer science, testing out coding programs that will allow them to develop new innovations themselves.

The aim is to spread the basic technical knowledge required to understand coding processes and to enhance computational thinking skills – the logical aptitude and ability to solve problems creatively and efficiently, important qualities for younger generations living in an increasingly digital future.