Bid to benefit Code.org: Ashton Kutcher, Marc Benioff, Mark Cuban, Ellen Pao, and more voice support for computer science education
Tech entrepreneurs and investors like Marc Benioff, Stacy Brown-Philpot, Mark Cuban, Ashton Kutcher, Ellen Pao, Jennifer Tejada, and more have teamed up in support of expanding CS access.
Leading entrepreneurs and luminaries representing a swath of the technology sector are uniting to voice their support for Code.org and Hour of Code in a call for increased computer science access and equitable representation of women and people of color across the industry.
For a limited time from November 9 through December 2, a collective of leaders — including Marc Benioff, Stacy Brown-Philpot, Mark Cuban, Reid Hoffman, Ashton Kutcher, Ellen Pao, Jennifer Tejada, and more — are offering supporters the unique opportunity to receive an elusive Twitter “follow” from one of them, and at the same time, make a meaningful impact in advancing computer science education, particularly for young women and students from groups underrepresented in computer science.
“I’m proud to support Code.org in its mission to expand access to computer science to students around the world. It’s true that anyone can learn and Hour of Code is a big part of spreading that message.” — Reid Hoffman
Each partner is participating in an online charity auction in support of Code.org, giving bidders the opportunity to expand their Twitter networks while also empowering students and teachers. All auctions may be viewed at charitybuzz.com/support/code.
Participating industry leaders are Marc Benioff, Stacy Brown-Philpot, Mark Cuban, Vijaya Gadde, Reid Hoffman, Dara Khosrowshahi, Ashton Kutcher, Charlie Lee, Jana Messerschmidt, Tim O’Reilly, David Pakman, Ellen Pao, Hadi Partovi, Vishal Sikka, Katie Stanton, Jennifer Tejada, and April Underwood.
By leveraging their social media presence, these entrepreneurs, executives, and investors hope to inspire generous participation by the community. All proceeds benefit Code.org’s mission to make computer science education available to every student in every classroom.
“Hour of Code is something I decided to get behind because I really believe in it … I think there’s big value in learning how to code.” — Ashton Kutcher
Many of these partners have previously encouraged students to try a computer science activity:
—Sandra Takamine, Code.org