image of CEO Chris Smith and Director of Technology Steve Lavigne teaching kids how to code.
OPIN builds new pipeline of Ottawa tech talent through Kids & Code
Kids & Code was founded to share the joys and rewards of coding with children and to meet a growing demand for software development skills.

Four years ago, Steve Lavigne, the OPIN's director of technology, began Kids & Code, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching kids between the ages of six and 17 the basics of coding. Classes are free and run monthly in different parts of the Ottawa region. 

"As a mentor at Kids & Code, I have witnessed many children find their passion for coding,” says Chris Smith, founder and CEO of OPIN Software. “I believe the program is fundamental to our community as it encourages young people of all ages and backgrounds to experiment with software programming."

Read the full article to learn the story behind Kids & Code, and how you can contribute.