The primary motivation for this event was the lack of available resources for children with vision impairment who want to learn to code. Speaking from experience, Ben Mustill Rose, a developer with vision impairment who works at the BBC, says:
“Programmes that teach coding fundamentals, like Scratch, are inaccessible to children with vision impairment as they are based on visuals. This means that if you’re blind, you have to get into text programming straight away, which puts many children off.”
Another goal of the project is to build awareness among the next generation of sighted developers - starting with children who attend CoderDojo and other coding clubs - of accessibility issues including the fact that not everyone sees a website in the same way.