I am staggered and truly impressed by what the team at Code.org has accomplished in such a short
period of time.
When Hadi Partovi started conversations in May of this year with
to merge our organizations he had huge goals: to get Computer
Science into every school, to teach every american student how to
code, and to do all of this in months, not years. We were,
understandably, a bit skeptical, but Hadi has the credentials,
passion, vision, and resources to accomplish great things.
In July the board voted to merge our organizations. Technically
Learning would gain the reach, funding and connections of Code.org
and Code.org would gain their first two staff, our capabilities to
build curriculum and our knowhow of how to work successfully with
vote was a clear win for both organizations. Although my baby,
Technically Learning, would live on in memory (and memorial) alone, the possibility
of doing such great things for so many with the resources that
Code.org could offer was too great to resist.
Since the merger I have seen Code.org grow from our initial two
full time employees to 16
employees and growing! They've secured huge donors from the ilk of Bill
Gates, Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg and many, many more. They've
recorded dozens of promotional videos including videos from Chris Bosh,
Bassett, even Barack Obama
himself check out their youtube channel for much
Their recent hour of code has
been a smashing success. Over 15 Million kids and adults
have learned an hour of code! A friends son wrote 91 lines of code
in his class last week and was so proud of his accomplishment he
posted on Facebook, which is where I heard about it.
Code.org's mission is hugely important for the success of our
children and our country in the coming years. By 2020 there will be
an estimated 1.4 Million jobs in computing, a million more than
there are now. I remember when I started Computer Science at MSU
one of the staff said that 80% of the jobs that would be available
to me hadn't been invented yet. Four years later we had seen the
dot com bubble and Computer Science jobs had skyrocketed; his
estimate, although lofty, was far smaller than reality. I believe
that in less than six years we'll have to find a million people for
computer related jobs.
One of the reasons we started Technically Learning is the
massive lack of women and minorities in the STEM fields. Code.org
is trying to change that by teaching all students, no matter their
background to learn to code. Programming is especially powerful for
lower income students; if you have access to a computer you can
learn to program and build something amazing.
Overall Code.org is doing amazing things with their resources,
and making huge impact for the success of future students, their
careers, and ultimately our country. I'm proud to have been able to
be a part of the organization in even a small way. To see the
success of Code.org is truly inspiring and shows what one person
with a vision can do.
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