In addition to the traditional educational routes available from McMaster University, Mohawk College, TriOS College and Redeemer University College, there are several Hamilton-area non-profit organizations offering free programs for children, women and men to begin learning about software development and computer science. Check out these programs below:


Ladies Learning Code
We’re a women-run not-for-profit group working to empower everyone to feel comfortable learning beginner-friendly technical skills in a social, collaborative way.


Golden Horseshoe Green Technology
Golden Horseshoe Green Tech is committed to creating a positive difference in the lives of youth in the Greater Hamilton Area by investing in educational egalitarianism and new educational environments. By safely recycling, refurbishing, reusing and reselling electronic waste, we are able to guide environmental stewardship within the GHA and guarantee educational prosperity for our youth.


CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people. At a CoderDojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. Dojos are set up, run by and taught at by volunteers.


McMaster Outreach
Whether you are a student, teacher or parent we hope to provide you with the resources you need to learn and have fun with Computer Science and Software Engineering! We invite grade 8 classes to come to McMaster for a full day of hands-on workshops and discussion about Software.


Gr8 Designs for Gr8 girls
Gr8 Designs offers students the opportunity to learn about computer science with exciting and creative activities. Professors, graduate, and undergraduate students work with the Grade 8 girls to develop computer science skills and create projects of their own.