Code.org announced the Hour of Code campaign last year to recruit ten million students to try their hand at coding and computer science and this campaign blew past its goal in days and has now reached 44 million students worldwide. Now, they are targeting to reach a cumulative 100 million students. Microsoft, Google and others are helping them to reach this goal. They are also launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise $5 million which will help them reach 100 million students and train 10,000 new teachers to expand access to computer science in schools.
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.
Read more about this campaign here.