Portcullis is encouraging children in the Hillingdon borough to write code as part of a competition to present the most innovative Raspberry Pi-based product to help the community.
The IT security firm wants to recruit potential ethical hackers starting from a young age.
A lack of computing talent is putting the UK at a disadvantage in terms of business, particularly in the IT security sector, according to Portcullis.
The UK security talent pool is limited, and Portcullis' commercial director Tim Anderson told ComputerworldUK that he is keen to speak to pupils about career options in the industry.
He said: "There is a definite gap in the education sector with students missing the fundamentals of coding and programming. A lot of young people think they are good with computers but when it comes to understanding how computers work, we have a lot of passengers and not enough mechanics. Many kids lack the skills to do anything tangible with what they know."
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