If a kid is going to learn to code, they need a computer.
For every $250 donated, we'll ship a new laptop to a child waiting to enroll in a programming class.
264 donors have donated 383 laptops to kids.
Help the next kid get one!
We believe that all kids should have the opportunity to create something incredible, to one day become the future of tech. And it all starts with having their own computer.
1. Why this project is important
African Americans, Hispanics, and women are vastly underrepresented in computer science professions. A more diverse population of coders will tackle a wider variety of problems and bring different perspectives to current ones.
By university, many students have already set their minds against a career in tech. We need to reach kids earlier, when they are motivated by curiosity instead of social pressures.
Jobs in software development are expected to increase 22.8% by 2022. Planning for a future in technology will keep doors open for kids, their families, and their communities.
It starts at home
Kids in underserved communities often don’t have access to computers and are less likely to take advantage of existing coding programs.
Codestarter enables organizations that teach coding to include a more diverse student population. Our partners identify high potential kids who want to learn to code but can’t afford their own laptops. Kids apply for Codestarter laptops, and we crowdfund one laptop for one student at a time. Email us if you need laptops for your organization.
Each Code Kit begins with an Acer Chromebook, pre-loaded with Linux and a variety of programming languages. We also include a manual for getting started and working offline. We’re always on the lookout for more awesome things to include, so email us any ideas you have. Codestarter spends 100% of your donation to purchase laptops for kids, and we’ll send you a receipt for a tax deduction.
When the child receives her laptop, she’ll send you a thank-you note. You’ll also receive quarterly updates on her progress for the first year as she learns to code. We want to be transparent, so we post our ongoing evaluation data here. Over time, you’ll see the long-term impact of giving laptops to kids and empowering them to code.