Microsoft lends YouthSpark support to Hour of Code initiative

Microsoft Building

Hour of Code is a weeklong global initiative to get people of all ages interested in learning the basics of programming and computer science. Last week, we published Apple’s plans to offer one-hour coding workshops in retail stores across Canada. This week Microsoft has announced a similar initiative, headed through its YouthSpark program.

Microsoft’s YouthSpark effort is focused on expanding youth access to computer science education. To that end, Microsoft is sending more than 50 employees to schools and YouthSpark partner sites (e.g. Boys and Girls Clubs) to lead Hour of Code sessions. The company will also send Microsoft-affiliated volunteers to 19 YouthSpark partner sites in ten cities across Canada, and host an Hour of Code session out of its Mississauga office on December 9th.

Visit Hour of Code’s Canadian event page to learn more about sessions taking place in your area.

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.