Nonprofit Code.org has launched a new campaign called Hour of Code. Some big names in the tech industry are helping promote the campaign including Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Dropbox founder Drew Houston, Twitter co-founder and chairman Jack Dorsey, and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.
“Thanks to the amazing support of new partners and donors, the Hour of Code campaign will launch our long-term mission to give every student the opportunity to learn computer science,” stated Code.org co-founder and CEO Hadi Partovi. “This isn’t just about the tremendous job opportunities in software — every 21st century child can benefit from learning this foundational field.”
Hour of Code has a goal of introducing computer programming to 10 million K-12 students in the U.S. during the Computer Science Education Week taking place between December 9th and December 15th. Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo!, and several other tech companies are supporting the initiative.
The programming lessons will be offered to students through tutorials that are going to be offered online, through smartphones, or classroom settings. Various educational groups have created the tutorials. Hour of Code is optional for schools and teachers. Groups that participate have a chance of winning 10GB of free Dropbox storage, a class full of new computers, and a group video conference with either Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, or Google SVP of advertising and commerce Susan Wojcicki.