Last year, we unveiled the Hour of Code: a grassroots campaign to recruit ten million students to try their hand at computer science — to break stereotypes and to remove the veil of mystery that surrounds the field. The campaign blew past its goal in days and has now reached 44 million students worldwide.
For this year’s Computer Science Education Week (December 8 - 14), we want the Hour of Code to reach a cumulative 100 million students, worldwide. Today dozens of the largest companies, including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Salesforce.com, and Target are joining forces to support this goal. Whether you’re a student, a teacher, or a parent, you can help us reach this goal.
We’re also launching a historic crowdfunding campaign. In the next 60 days we’re raising $5 million: to help us reach 100 million students and train 10,000 new teachers to expand access to computer science in schools. Every dollar donated will be matched, so please consider a generous gift in support.
I first learned to program a computer when I was 10 years old, when I lived in Iran, during the war with Iraq. 30 years later, living in the USA, the majority of our schools still don’t offer children the opportunity to participate in creating the technology that surrounds us. A sea change in education takes a critical mass, and we need your help. I’m humbled by the generous support of Code.org’s donors and partners and know we’re on our way to giving every student access to this foundational field through Hour of Code.
The generous donors matching gifts to our crowdfunding campaign are: Microsoft, Google, Salesforce.com, Omidyar Network, Quadrivium Foundation, Bill Gates, Reid Hoffman, and Feroz and Erica Dewan.
Participating tech companies include: Atlassian, Chegg, Dice.com, Disney Interactive, Dropbox, Eventbrite, Facebook, GoDaddy, Google, JPMorgan Chase, Juniper Networks, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Optimizely, Pearson, Pluralsight, Redfin, Salesforce.com, Target, TASER, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), viagogo, Whitepages, Workday, Yelp, Zappos, Zillow, zulily, and Y Combinator.
Each of these companies will ask employees to support the Hour of Code in a variety of ways, including trying the Hour of Code themselves, spreading the word to local schools, hosting Hour of Code events at company offices, and donating to the crowdfunding campaign to enable millions of students globally to participate in the Hour of Code.
We all know the tech industry suffers a lack of diversity in its workforce. We can fix this. We are fixing this. The Hour of Code creates an opportunity for every student – boys and girls, of all backgrounds – to try computer science together, worldwide. Please join us, and make history.