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December 4, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Apple joins Hour of Code push, hosting events globally

Next week’s Hour of Code introductory programming event is getting a big boost from Apple.

Apple and Code.org announced today that Hour of Code workshops will be held at every Apple store in the world next Thursday, including large events planned for stores in New York, Tokyo, London, Berlin and other locales.

“We are proud to be part of making computer science accessible to students of all ages around the world,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, said in the release. “Education is part of Apple’s DNA and we believe this is as great way to inspire kids to discover technology.”

Microsoft is also hosting Hour of Code events at some of its stores. At those in University Village and Bellevue Square it’s hosting Hour of Code workshops starting today and through December will be having workshops to help students learn to write and publish apps and use other programs. The stores’ web sites individually list the events, under the “in-store events” tab.

Apple is also having special events at some stores with developers and engineers during next week’s Computer Science and Education Week. Details and event registration are available at Apple.com – Code.org is current the centerpiece of the company’s home page:

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They’ll be among 62,000 events scheduled next week.

Code.org – the Seattle nonprofit that organizes the event and advocates for more computer-science education – is aiming to reach 100 million students with its programming tutorials by the end of the year.

Co-founder Hadi Partovi said the group is “thrilled to have Apple on board again this year, encouraging students around the world to explore the wonders of building technology.”

Comments | Topics: Apple, code.org, computer science

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