Liz Gannes

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The Coding Class Blitz: More Than 100 Programs Have Launched in the Past Three Years

Teaching computer science is a mostly un-institutional effort; it’s estimated that nine out of 10 U.S. schools don’t offer programming classes, despite the growing importance and hirability of skilled coders.

KaporCodingNationBut many extracurricular programs have emerged to try to fill that gap for students of all ages. Out of something like 300 publicly available programs, 108 were started in the past three years.

That’s according to a new report released today by the Kapor Center, the social-impact-focused outfit from Lotus founder Mitch Kapor and organizational culture advocate Freada Kapor Klein.

The Kapor Center hopes to add to its list by offering it up to the public as a Google Doc. So far, it has 316 programs, including bootcamps, trainings that offer certifications and credentials, employee training courses and hackathons. Most of those are in the U.S.

Of the current list, 63 are focused on women and girls, and 32 aim to work with historically underrepresented populations, the report said.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik