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2023 Scratch Conference Innovation Sponsor Spotlight: EPAM

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2023 Scratch Conference Innovation Sponsor Spotlight: EPAM

The Scratch Foundation is grateful for EPAM’s Innovation Sponsorship of the 2023 Scratch Conference. Each year, the Scratch Conference brings together thousands of educators and Scratch enthusiasts from all over the world to attend collaborative sessions, workshops, and panels with thought partners and peer educators who are using Scratch and ScratchJr in playful and creative ways inside and outside of the classroom.

EPAM’s approach to corporate responsibility is guided by three principles: operate ethically, protect the environment, and support global and local communities. For nearly 30 years, EPAM has engaged with communities worldwide through education and innovation programs. EPAM is committed to building lifelong learners and addressing the tech education gap by providing coding education to children and young adults from diverse backgrounds. EPAM’s ongoing partnership with the Scratch Foundation supports the Scratch Foundation’s effort to engage a wide ecosystem of young people in creative learning and digital skill development.

EPAM’s commitment to education and protection of the environment was most recently celebrated in the March 2023 “Earth Hour” Scratch Studio in collaboration with the Scratch Foundation and World Wildlife Foundation. Earth Hour, a yearly celebration started by WWF in 2007, invites everyone in the world to spend 60 minutes doing something positive for our planet: from picking up trash at a park to planting a tree, or even getting friends together for a virtual Earth Hour event. This year, WWF joined forces with the Scratch Foundation and EPAM to engage kids creatively and encourage Scratchers to share digital projects to celebrate the Biggest Hour for Earth with the Scratch online community in a special studio. A studio on Scratch is like a collaborative online gallery: it’s a collection of projects based on a certain theme.

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