NEWTOWN, Pa., July 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE: EPAM), a leading global provider of digital platform engineering and software development services and longstanding collaborator of the Scratch Foundation, will support the 2018 Scratch Conference at MIT in Cambridge, MA from July 26-28, 2018. The event will bring together hundreds of educators and technologists to share ideas on expanding tech education among children around the world.
Developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is a programming language and online community used by young people (ages eight and up) to code and share interactive games, stories, and animations. During this event, attendees will hear from experts and share best practices in using Scratch, as well as learn the functionality and features of the new version of the platform, Scratch 3.0.
"EPAM started its work with Scratch three years ago through its eKids program, which leverages our knowledge and technical expertise to educate the next generation of technologists," said Larry Solomon, Chief People Officer, EPAM. "We are fortunate to have the opportunity through Scratch to work with children around the world and share our passion for technology with them."
EPAM eKids encourages primary-aged children to explore software engineering through hands-on challenges and mentoring opportunities with EPAM employees. To date, the program has reached over 1,500 children across 15 countries, and 760 EPAM employees have donated over 32,000 volunteer hours to teach children how to code.
"As children create and share projects with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively," said Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab and founder of Scratch. "We appreciate EPAM's support in helping today's children prepare for tomorrow's society."
For more information about EPAM's work in improving tech knowledge among children across the globe, visit https://www.epam.com/about/company/social-responsibility. To learn more about the 2018 Scratch Conference, visit https://scratch.mit.edu/conference/.
About EPAM Systems
Since 1993, EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE: EPAM) has leveraged its core engineering expertise to become a leading global product development and digital platform engineering services company. Through its 'Engineering DNA' and innovative strategy, consulting, and design capabilities, EPAM works in collaboration with its customers to deliver innovative solutions that turn complex business challenges into real business opportunities. EPAM's global teams serve customers in over 25 countries across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. EPAM is a recognized market leader among independent research agencies and was ranked #12 in FORBES 25 Fastest Growing Public Tech Companies and as a top UK Digital Design & Build Agency. Learn more at http://www.epam.com/ and follow us on Twitter @EPAMSYSTEMS and LinkedIn.
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