Hamilton Insurance Group and AXA XL are co-sponsoring Code441’s annual hackathon in Bermuda on December 20.
AXA XL has supported the event for the past five years, hosting it in its Bermuda office.
The re/insurance companies said the event, in which between 50 and 75 young people spend a day learning about the web and building and designing apps. enhances youth digital literacy on the island.
They will be supported by local and international tech professionals, including Jahde Eve, a Bermuda born software engineer currently working in Silicon Valley and. founder of Code441.
Patrick Tannock, managing director and CEO of AXA XL’s Bermuda insurance operations, said the hackathon exposed young Bermudans to fundamental skill sets. “This will enable them to participate and thrive in a digital world so they are ready not just for the blue-collar and white-collar jobs but also the new-collar jobs that will and are being created due to the relentless pace of technological change,” he said.
Pina Albo, Hamilton’s CEO, said Hamilton has witnessed the many benefits of teaching young people practical computer science skills and inspiring them to love coding and app design. “Now, more than ever, it’s important for young people to be digitally literate so they can thrive locally in the classroom setting and in jobs, as well as internationally as they compete with their peers from around the world,” he said.
Hamilton Insurance, AXA XL, Patrick Tannock, Pina Albo