There's no reason why not.
It's just been the habit, for years, to think that youth equals early adopterism and tech savviness. But one of my best friends (40) thought I was doing witchcraft when I showed her YouTube, meanwhile my grandfather (89) spent my entire youth working his way through various gaming consoles, right the way up to the most recent PlayStation. And my Dad (61) told me about writing code and programming machines to make parts for the International Space Station – all using robotics.
There's nothing inherent in the process of writing code that demands a young person do it. It involves sitting at a desk, maintaining lots of focus, problem solving and working to a plan and deadlines. All completely age neutral capabilities.
I see a lot of 'women in tech' stuff and believe me I welcome it, but I love the idea of people reskilling themselves in new things at any age.
Frankly, we need the digital skills.
It’s just one small snapshot of where we are as an industry. But it provides an important reflection of how there is a vast misunderstanding within tech as to what talent actually looks like and how this is greatly hindering the industry’s progress as a whole. Of course, while defaulting to the, “let’s get some kick-ass, young and hungry coders” might feel like an ambitious, lofty approach to hiring, it’s also fundamentally flawed. Not only does this approach limit your talent pool, it also ignores a not-so-hidden secret: coding isn’t rocket science.