A Sheffield-born tech tycoon is spending more than £1m of his own money on a foundation to boost computer science in city schools.
David Richards, chief executive of WANdisco, is donating $1.5m to help kids get ready for ‘real world’ jobs in a booming, well-paid sector desperate for people.
He has set up the David and Jane Richards Family Foundation after growing frustrated with the government’s focus on coding in computer classes, a job he believes will increasingly be done by artificial intelligence.
“I’ve been thinking about this for 10 years. I knew I couldn’t keep complaining to my wife Jane all the time, I had to do something. Now I’m in the fortunate position where I can.”
In Silicon Valley, where he lives, it is common for tech founders to spend their wealth this way, he added.
The foundation will run hands-on courses to teach pupils how to use applications to manipulate and analyse huge amounts of data.