There are more than 250 UW computer science students in one class — intro to coding. Photo via

Analysis: The exploding demand for computer science education, and why America needs to keep up

The chart above tells quite a story. That blue line — the one that looks like a hockey stick — shows how interest in computer science from freshmen at the University of Washington in Seattle has skyrocketed since 2010 compared with other engineering fields. The UW is not alone. Countless other U.S. universities, from Harvard to Stanford to the University of Michigan, are seeing… Read More

Hadi Partovi partners with 30 school districts to help teach kids about computer science

More than two million students across the nation will learn how to code thanks to a Seattle-based organization that is on a serious mission to teach kids about computer science. today announced partnerships with 30 schools districts — including three of the top 10 largest districts in the country — that will allow teachers to use the… Read More


GeekWire Awards: Vote for Geek of the Year

It’s time to kick off the voting in another key GeekWire Awards category — Geek of the Year. This is a special award, designed to recognize not just technical prowess but also efforts to strengthen the broader technology community. Reflecting that spirit, the voting in this category last year resulted in a rare tie, with computer scientist Oren… Read More


Learn to code? No: Learn a real language

The “learn to code” movement may be about to run afoul of the Law of Unintended Consequences. Few (least of all nerdy me) will argue that learning a computer language as a kid doesn’t have merit. Grasping some of the basics of computer science by picking up a programming language is a great way to… Read More


In one month, 500K students sign up for’s computer science 101 course is on a mission to get more kids learning about computer science, and so far, the Seattle-based non-profit seems to be making legitimate progress. Hadi Partovi, a longtime Seattle entrepreneur who founded this past January with his brother, Ali, wrote up a 2013 recap today that outlined the organization’s accomplishments thus far. One particular stat was… Read More co-founder Hadi Partovi speaks at the 2013 GeekWire Summit. founder on the real reason there aren’t more women in tech

Why aren’t there more women working in technology? That’s likely one of the most highly-debated questions in today’s tech world, and the discussions heated up again last week after Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham was interviewed — and later we found out, misquoted — by The Information. Now Hadi Partovi, longtime entrepreneur and co-founder of Seattle-based non-profit,… Read More


New Year’s Tech Resolution #3: Learn to code

If there has been one rallying cry for the tech establishment this year, it’s that everyone who can should learn to code. While part of the argument for building code literacy has to do with getting more people ready for coding jobs, I’ve found that just having a baseline understanding of how technology works, under… Read More


Computer science exposure: ‘Hour of Code’ campaign reaches 10 million students

So far, the “Hour of Code” movement seems to be working — at least from an exposure standpoint. The campaign, part of Computer Science Education Week and created by Seattle-based, announced today that more than 10 million students in 170 countries have tried their hand at an Hour of Code lessons this week, writing more than… Read More

gates-bill111111 video featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and other coding geeks goes viral, the non-profit created by entrepreneurs Ali and Hadi Partovi, has struck a nerve with its video about the importance of computer science education. The video, which was released earlier this week, has already been viewed more than five million times. (across various platforms). Of course, it didn’t hurt that the video — directed by Lesley… Read More


Marc Andreessen, Jack Dorsey, Ron Conway and others join to boost computer science education in the U.S.

Seattle entrepreneur Hadi Partovi is on a mission to transform computer science education in the U.S. And Partovi is off to a pretty fast start with, the nonprofit which he formed last month with his twin brother Ali. Among members of’s newly-formed advisory board are some of the biggest names in technology, including venture… Read More