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Coding tool turns web users into creators


Within the School of Information and Communications Technology is Seneca's Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT). One of their most recent projects is with Mozilla on the web content creation tool Thimble.

We all use websites every day, but few of us understand the coding behind them. Thimble was created as a tool for everyone to create, examine, and remix web content using a code editor.

Mozilla wanted to make Thimble even more intuitive and friendly for the average user. Seneca College students, Kieran Sedgwick and Gideon Thomas worked on revamping and revitalizing Thimble by adding new features and functionality to the tool.

Thimble made an immediate impact on the web coding community. In 2015, it was part of the Hour of Code events around the world and Girls Learning Code event hosted by Google Canada.

Thimble is completely free and open for anyone to use. Head over to to try it for yourself.

The project was funded by the Innovation Enhancement (IE) grant obtained through NSERC College and Community Innovation (CCI) program.

Project Partner: Mozilla Foundation

Sector: Information and Communication Technology