Considering projections that there will be three billion users on the Internet and over 15 billion network-connected devices by 2015, it seems increasingly preposterous that 90% of schools still don't teach computer science as part of their curriculum. In an ambitious move to tackle this glaring statistic, the non-profit Code.org has launched an Indiegogo campaign to ask for $5 million, in the hopes of training 10,000 computer science teachers and bring computer science courses to 100 million students.
With many educators and their institutions still ill-equipped to support coding in the classroom, it's fallen on other parties to help fill in the gaps. Code.org is probably by far the most visible of these groups — supported by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojciki and America's very own Barack Obama, the non-profit so far says it has taught 40 million students in over 200 countries. With that kind of track record and pedigree under its belt, it's perhaps no surprise that tech giants such as Facebook, Google, and Salesforce have joined forces to help Code.org scale their work even further with this year's Hour of Code campaign.
Code.org's major donor partners, which include also Bill Gates and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, have pledged to match all contributions made up to a total of $2.5 million. As of now, the crowdfunding campaign is hovering just under $4 million, with nearly a month left to raise the remaining million. Hour of Code introduces students to computer science with a basic, one-hour tutorial. The results reported so far are nothing short of impressive: the campaign's website reports that in 2013, more girls tried computer science in a one week span than in the last 70 years, an attempt to address the long-term challenge of gender inequality in tech.
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