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Programming is important, programming is the future. You often hear that from politicians and entrepreneurs. But does the average citizen even know what code and tech are all about?

Stephan Hillekamps doesn't think so. That is why he and his colleague Alexander Mrozek have brought out a starter kit for newcomers to programming. “With Codino we want to enable a new approach to programming and inspire enthusiasm for this ability in everyone who is interested,” he explains. For many people, programming has so far been a bit strange.

That is why the founders, who started Codino in May, are now offering a box: For almost 100 euros you can get instructions for the C ++ programming language, various hardware parts for building an alarm system or a keyboard that plays sounds that are programmed by the user . There are also LED lights that the user can light up. A total of ten projects should be feasible in this way.

According to the founder, there was no specific reason why the Codino founders chose C ++: “You can discuss which programming language is currently in vogue and which is not,” says Hillekamps. It's more about getting excited about programming. "At the end of the day, the basics of programming are taught that are the same or similar in many languages," believes the founder.

So far, the two founders have been working full-time in project management at Google in Berlin. "We have been very much concerned with digitization and new technologies for a long time, but our work at Google gave us a different perspective on the latest developments," says Hillekamps. Working on the search engine showed them how important technology and digitization are. And these were based on programming. He stresses that Google has nothing to do with Codino.

There are several ways to learn to code. The German company Tinkerbots takes a playful and somewhat more unusual approach, which with its high-tech construction kit wants to encourage children to build their own robots, which they can then program themselves.

These concepts received international attention a few years ago when a venture called Kano offered its computer and programming kit for children for crowdfunding and even convinced Apple founder Steve Wozniak. There are also some providers who sell starter boxes for programming beginners on Amazon, for example, at a lower price. Nevertheless, Hillekamps believes that the playful Codino concept will prevail, especially with teenagers. He says: "Users should see what is possible with programming in reality."

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