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Mark Zuckerberg & Bill Gates Want Kids To Learn Code [Video]

In a new video for Code.org, tech icons and celebrities talk about why students should have the opportunity to learn basic computer programming.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on February 27, 2013.

Code.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing computer programming education. In a new promotional video, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and others encourage students to learn how to code and discuss their first experiences with coding.

Code.org wants to increase the availability of programming classes in schools. There is a petition on its website stating that every student should have the opportunity to learn to code, which visitors can add their name to.

This is part of a larger trend we’ve seen from startups like CodeAcademy and big organizations like Google promoting the importance of knowing programming in a digital world.

Mark Zuckerberg And Bill Gates Promote Coding In Schools [Video]

The promo features the founders of Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter, along with others from the tech industry and some celebrities. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi appear in the five-minute video.

The NY Times reports that Microsoft has provided financial support for it to be shown in Regal movie theaters as a week-long ad from Friday, and Mark Zuckerberg will be promoting it to all of his Facebook followers. You can check it out below:

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