Tower Hamlets’ first Coding Club will “develop future aspiring leaders”, according to mayor John Biggs.

The sessions at Quay House, launched on October 14 for Digital Inclusion Week, offered schoolchildren living within easy access of Tech City and Canary Wharf’s Level 39 the chance to build a computer.

They then went on to learn tricks of the trade in a coding class at the South Quay studio.

Stepney’s Shofiqul Alom, 18, said: “I like the fact that you can build anything from nothing through coding, and that you can put any components that you want into a computer so that it does exactly what you want.”

Sir John Cass school pupil Precious Otunuga, 15, added: “I’d like to make education apps for blind and deaf people as part of my career, so I’m definitely coming back here for more classes.”

The club is a collaboration between Tower Hamlets Borough Council, partner Kano and the Elysium Foundation.

Mr Biggs said: “We are committed to helping our residents to take advantage of local enterprise opportunities – and Tech City is on our doorstep.

“Initiatives like Quay Code Club help our residents to engage in the tech industries to develop future aspiring leaders.”

The club is open to all Tower Hamlets residents who want to improve their coding and software development skills.