The World’s Most Famous Entrepeneurs Throw Their Influence Behind Teaching Kids to Code

The World’s Most Famous Entrepeneurs Throw Their Influence Behind Teaching Kids to Code

This week Code.org officially launched with a great video by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and more. The video covers how they personally got started programming, why it’s important, and where it can take you. Watch the whole inspirational video (click here if reading in email):

While I might have taken will.i.am out of the video and cut the minute that felt like recruiting for startups, I think it is extremely well done and an important message. One of the most powerful parts was hearing the first programming experiences of these big wigs. We put these entrepreneurs on a pedestal, but they all began with a curiosity and interest in making something of their own. Every journey starts with a simple first step, which we often lose sight of this considering how far they have come since then.

I hope Code.org is successful in their mission to spread the word about the current shortage of computer programming education. They are also attempting to create a database of all computer programming classes available. It’s slowly populating with data, but will be an excellent complement to our Bay Area Kids Programming Events Calendar.

I’ll leave you with a quote from the video about the immense power of a programmer:

To be able to actually come up with an idea and then see it in your hands and then be able to press a button and have it be in millions of peoples hands. I think we’re the first generation in the world that has had that kind of experience.
-Drew Houston, Founder of Dropbox

Posted by Brian Skinner / Posted on 01 Mar
  • Post Comments 2

     Carol Conti
    • Mar 6 2013
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    Magnificent filmstrip!
     Hardeep
    • Mar 26 2013
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    The video does sounds very inspiring. We all like it and some of us feel that why schools dont teach or you can say schools fail to teach? whatever makes you satisfying blaming schools. I beleive that what you fail to percieve is, "The reason behind not teaching". Look at your self, where are you. You have became an enterprenure because you make more money than a computer teacher in high school. It is very important for all of us to look at the statistics. There are not that many teachers who teach computer science. Why NOT because they know as a computer programmer (working privately) they can make more money. so why need to waste time dealing with 30 students, sometimes more than that. instead where they work alone in the cozy office. it is the matter of money nowadays. we all blame each other but look at who you are what are you talking about. IN BC, Computer science is not an acdemic course where everyone knows that technology is one of the essential skill that 21 century learners should have it than why its an elective course? mostly schools have one teacher in the computer department why? There is lot more than that. my request to all those who are thinking schools dont teach and think about why. Come Join teacher Career

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