Code.org, the non-profit created by entrepreneurs Ali and Hadi Partovi, continues to gain momentum around its public relations campaign stressing the importance of computer science education. The short film — directed by Lesley Chilcott, the producer of Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth — has been viewed 12 million times since its release two weeks ago.
Hadi Partovi also tells us that they’ve received more than 550,000 online petitions indicating support for more computer programming classes across the country, while another 21,000 computer programmers have agreed to volunteer to teach computer science in their communities. More than 9,500 schools have an expressed an interest in bringing more computer science education to their schools.
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, along with Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey and other tech luminaries, appeared in the original video. But Code.org also just released this outtake in which Zuckerberg describes his interaction with one kid who was interested in learning to code.
Here’s the original video: