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IIT-Madras incubated startup develops HackerKID for children

CHENNAI: IIT-Madras incubated startup GUVI has developed India’s first ‘Gamified Coding Platform’ called ‘HackerKID,’ which aims at teaching kids coding by using a game-based environment. The startup worked with more than 1,200 kids from the Netherlands, the US, Australia and India while developing the product features and designs for HackerKID.
The children are introduced to Block-Based Programming in HackerKID and provided with a virtual playground to practise challenges. Block-based Programming is an easy and powerful way to develop software. The ‘drag and drop’ of blocks or chunks of coding instructions make it simpler for kids, when compared to conventional classroom teaching, to learn the foundations of programming flow and computational thinking.
GUVI is an integrated ed-tech platform in vernacular language, which has a deep penetration in India with a presence in more than 1,000 engineering colleges. It has already upskilled more than 4.6 lakh engineers in latest technology skills such as Python, Java and Machine Learning, among others, and help them gain placement in IT firms.
The beginner’s level of Turtle module is being offered free of cost and features points, rewards, badges for each activity in block-based programming and showcases the kid’s creativity to fellow learners through a leaderboard. The Turtle module prepares kids for the International Block Coding Olympiad which is scheduled to be held shortly.
Highlighting the unique aspects of HackerKID, S P Balamurugan, co-founder and chief executive officer, GUVI, said, “Although learning to code has its amazing advantages among young minds, it is not easy for kids to assimilate the concepts of computer science. Also, there exists a real tussle to draw their attention and to develop an interest in them with conventional text-based coding. For this very reason, HackerKID serves as the platform for kids to start their journey in coding.”
Registrations are now made open to the public. Parents can sign-up on http://www.hackerkid.org and experience the platform along with their kids. Bulk registrations for schools are also facilitated free of cost. Requests can be sent to reach@hackerkid.org
Unlike the traditional text-based coding classroom approach, the gaming style with the ‘play-to-code’ method would enable children to master the flow in programming.