Make software education a major industry: Mike Subelsky's 'One Big Idea for Baltimore' [VIDEO] - Technical.ly Baltimore

Oct. 9, 2012 10:30 am

Make software education a major industry: Mike Subelsky’s ‘One Big Idea for Baltimore’ [VIDEO]

Today we roll out a new feature on Technically Baltimore: One Big Idea. We’d like to use this space to allow technologists, community organizers, activists and other thought leaders in Baltimore city propose one idea for making this city a better place to live and work. Ignite Baltimore founder Mike Subelsky kicks off One Big Idea […]
Mike Subelsky.

Mike Subelsky.

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Today we roll out a new feature on Technically Baltimore: One Big Idea. We’d like to use this space to allow technologists, community organizers, activists and other thought leaders in Baltimore city propose one idea for making this city a better place to live and work.

Ignite Baltimore founder Mike Subelsky kicks off One Big Idea with a proposal for making software education (as distinct from computer science) a major industry in Charm City.

“Computer science is a study of what computers can do,” Subelsky says. “We don’t have anyone really studying … the process of making computers do things. What should we make them do?”

Subelsky proposes four ways to go about doing this:

  1. In the public school system, establish an academy of software engineering like the one that just opened in New York City.
  2. Establish a “software maker” curriculum to teach kids how to make practical things with computers.
  3. Establish software departments at the undergraduate and graduate levels in universities in the Baltimore area.
  4. For the companies that need software developers: something like Living Social’s Hungry Academy, which would train people for jobs in software development.

Mike Subelsky shares his One Big Idea below:

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