There is a real shortage of software developers – and it’s a global problem.
Getting children engaged with programming is especially important and the government can play a role in developing this interest, panelists said.
Reid noted that children love technology-related classes in school, but don’t show the same enthusiasm for learning how to program. Attracting children to programming as they get older is challenging because they tend to avoid the discipline since they don’t understand it, he said. Governments, he continued, can help remedy this by adding programming courses early in the education process.