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Salesforce and XANT Encourage Kids to Code

Christopher Tuttle

According to a 2014 article in “Time,” by the year 2020, American universities will not be able to supply enough qualified_MG_2246 graduates to fill even a third of the country’s 1.4 million computing positions.

That’s no good, especially when you consider how crucial programmers are in today’s digital world.

There are so many kids who are eager to learn, but they just don’t know where to go. There aren’t enough programs to inspire children and introduce them to the possibility of a future in coding.

Enter CoderDojo.

CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. These clubs teach children and teenagers between the ages of 7 and 17 how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology.

Recognizing the importance of this initiative, the Salesforce Foundation recently announced a partnership with CoderDojo.

XANT is also working to address this problem. Not only is the world lacking programmers, but there is also a serious shortage of women in science and technology.

Earlier this year, the XANT Do Good Foundation invited a group of girls to visit our office and learn from our employees.

The Girl Code camp included 37 girls who worked in teams on problem-solving activities and games designed to inspire innovation.

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We encourage other like-minded organizations to join us in supporting important initiatives like these. Check out the XANT Do Good Foundation and Salesforce Foundation pages to find ways to get involved.

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