October 8, 2014

Google, Microsoft, and Other Tech Companies Want to Get 100 Million Students Coding in One Year

Google, Microsoft, and other major names in tech are joining together with the nonprofit Code.org in a major fundraising drive that hopes to introduce 100 million students to coding. Code.org wants to bring its computer science courses into tens of thousands of new classrooms over the next year, and it says that it'll need $5 million in order to do that. It's launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise the money, but it'll only need to get half of it from web donors — the other half will come from dollar-for-dollar matching provided by the supporting tech companies and figures, which also includes Bill Gates and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.

Code.org is particularly focused on promoting its Hour of Code program, which...

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