In their own words they are:
“….. a non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education.”
and their “… goals include:
- Spreading the word that there is a worldwide shortage of computer programmers, and that it’s much easier to learn to program than you think.
- Building an authoritative database of all programming schools, whether they are online courses, brick+mortar schools or summer camps.
and the vision is “….. that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn how to code. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.”
They of course include the classic quote from Steve Jobs from the lost interview:
“I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” And elsewhere use the follow on of “Computer Science should be a liberal art.”
Code.org was set up by two brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi (who amongst other things founded the music download site iLike which was finally taken over and out by My Space). Code.org launched towards the end of January this year and is clearly gathering significant momentum.
The $500 billion opportunity is a perceived shortage of 1 million computer jobs by 2020 and we think that’s likely just in the US!
To get involved and learn more you can initially register by supporting the cause by agreeing that ” Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn to code” (they have over half a million signed up so far).
The luminaries in the video range from A to Z or am (that’s Will.i.am) to Zuckerberg (that’s Mark). Over on the website they are adding many more to the list including our very own Richard Branson and Stephen Hawking, alongside Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Mike Bloomberg and Arianna Huffington to name but a few of an ever increasing following.
They have come up with three versions/edits of their introductory video:
- A 1 minute teaser (120,000 views to date)
- A 9 minute short film (560k views)
- A 5 minute version (9.5 million views)
We’ll let you watch the most popular version here but strongly recommend the short film with its extended coverage.