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:
- In the public school system, establish an academy of software engineering like the one that just opened in New York City.
- Establish a “software maker” curriculum to teach kids how to make practical things with computers.
- Establish software departments at the undergraduate and graduate levels in universities in the Baltimore area.
- 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: