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Year of Code loses an expert advisor

Emma Mulqueeny says she wants nothing to do with it
Mon Feb 10 2014, 15:12
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SOMEONE WHO KNOWS ABOUT CODING has distanced herself from the exciting, government backed suck it and see Year of Code and insisted that she wants have nothing to do with it.

The Year of Code launched last week with the sort of noise a welly boot makes when it is pulled out of thick mud.

We heard that it is headed by someone who cannot code, but is keen on learning, and populated by a few close knit organisations. With high aims but a low portrayal of present teaching methods, the plan has been criticised by people who code, know about coding, and teach coding.

That is not to say that the Year of Code does not have backers, and there are many of them listed on its webpages. However, at least one has posted her response to the project and said that she is not keen on it.

Emma Mulqueeny, listed on the Year of Code website as Emma Mulqueeney, is the founder and CEO of Young Rewired State. She said that she had very little knowledge of the Year of Code plans or her involvement with them.

"Right, this Lottie Dexter, Rohan Silva, Year of Code thing is being a massive pain in the arse. I swear to god I *knew* this would happen... Here's where we are," she said in a blog post.

"[I] was introduced to Lottie Dexter by Rohan, (who begged to be excused for not speaking to me before - pleas of busy-ness in getting this all set up (and his final million for his Index Ventures) but I know that other brands and people cited in this PR push had NO IDEA what was going on."

Mulqueeny said that Rohan and his kin had chosen not to engage closely with the organisations that the Year of Code claimed to be associated with, and that she had only spoken to Dexter for the first time three days before the Year of Code was announced.

"I want nothing to do with this," she added. "I also think £500k is a balls amount of money, matched with a 24 year old PR girl sent out to 'mauling by media' XFactor style, is this government's way of kicking this subject into the long grass for good." µ


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