President Obama kicks off Computer Science Education Week

In New York City in August, women coded for women's health. (Photo: SELF Magazine)
In New York City in August, women coded for women's health. (Photo: SELF Magazine)

This morning, President Obama kicked off Computer Science Education Week by pushing Code.org’s “Hour of Code” initiative with a pump up speech urging more people to get involved in learning to code. As the president said, “Don’t just consume things, create things. Take an hour to learn about the technology that touches every part of our lives.”

Spark Capital partner Bijan Sabet also published a piece in TechCrunch this morning imploring action during this CS Education Week. “All students should have meaningful access to curriculum and courses that teach computing literacy. It is necessary in the 21st century, no matter what career you pursue,” he said.

“Your time, leadership and financial support are needed to ensure all children will receive access to the skills they need for success,” Sabet concluded, while promoting the opportunities to do something presented by MassCAN and the MassTLC Ed Foundation here in the Bay State.

As part of this week, Boston-based online skills testing site Smarterer has created a special class for those lacking an understanding of computer developing to expand their own coding skills. The class takes place this Wednesday evening at Communispace, and will bring in developers from Boston startups to introduce and teach the how-tos of Javascript.

From what I hear, the event is filling up fast.

Dennis Keohane was a Senior Staff Writer for BetaBoston.
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