Mum who has cracked code for success in business shortlisted for Vision Award

BY TOBY PORTER toby@slpmedia.co.uk

Algorithms, codes, programming and polymorphism may sound like gobbledegook to many of us.

So it would seem rash to build a website around these semi-mythical skills aimed at three-year-olds.

But Liane Katz, a Herne Hill mum-of-two and business owner, has won a place in the final line-up of The Mpower National Business Awards, celebrating parents who juggle business with family life.

And she has done it by teaching children to programme computers, using animation they can understand and recreate for themselves.

Liane is on a mission to start all young children on their coding journey and give every young child the confidence and ability to code.

Liane has been shortlisted for the Vision Award, for her plans to roll out her London-wide kids’ coding clubs across the UK and then franchise Mama.codes internationally.

Liane is also in with a chance of winning Mpower Woman Of The Year 2018, awarded to a mum who is an inspiration to all women in business.

Mama.codes was founded by Liane and friends Luci Hindmarsh and Alice Thompson – three London mothers with digital backgrounds with a shared mission to promote digital literacy among young children.

The three wanted to find genuinely creative ways for their children to use their screentime, and did not want their daughters to miss out on the vital 21st century skill of coding.

They joined forces with primary schools and specialist coding teachers to develop curriculum packs for ages three to five and five to seven.

Liane said “It was an amazing feeling to be shortlisted for this award and for mama. codes to be selected as we are a company trying to do business differently.

“Everyone in the team is able to work flexibly and remotely when needed, and currently all our local area teachers are parents too.

“We have a unique teaching method that introduces children as young as three to coding through song, rhyme and storytelling.

“Mama.codes offers online learn-to-code projects, runs kids’ code clubs and holiday workshops, supplies lesson-ready materials to schools and pre-schools and runs ‘parent hacks,’ a relaxed and sociable way to get to grips with the coding curriculum and learn fun ways to support children’s learning and enjoy healthy screentime as a family.”

Mama.codes introduces children as young as three to coding through song, rhyme and storytelling using free kids’ coding app ScratchJr.

Through following the creative coding projects, children of all backgrounds and learning styles are able to learn to code creatively with confidence.

They can also have fun with code, and make full use of their imagination.

The awards were created by another working mum. Nicola Huelin is a multi-award-winning business coach, founder of the Mpower awards, and mother to four children with her partner, Graham.

She said: “Often invisible to most, mums in business are changing the business landscape, while raising and inspiring the generations of the future.

“We believe their efforts and successes in overcoming the unique challenges of combining business and motherhood, particularly in those first few years when it’s the hardest, need to be recognised and celebrated.”

Liane will find out if she’s won on Saturday, June 23, when the winners will be announced at The Mpower Gala, held at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury in London.


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