Code for the Future

The Rome Hub project Code for the Future focused on less fortunate children that are in rehabilitative programmes and juvenile prisons. The project attempted to address inequalities in the city of Rome through education. One of the main factors contributing to inequalities is the incarceration of children in the juvenile justice system, which substantially increases the likelihood that youth will then be incarcerated in the adult criminal justice system, entering and often never leaving, the vicious circle of crime.

The project aimed to teach pupils about the foundation of software-coding in order to provide them with the knowledge and the skills that would allow them to break the vicious circle of recidivism. The goal was to give them the fundamentals of software-coding in a visual environment Scratch (ideated by MIT), allowing them to continue to practice and learn even after the pilot project was over. The pilot had an attach rate of 30%. Drawing from the leasons learnt in the pilot, the hub is running a series of workshop in the run-up of to implementing a 2.0 version. The partners for this project were: Italian Department of Justice, Codemotion, Oracle Corporation