A short film, encouraging students to consider computer programing, has rallied the biggest stars of the tech industry. It is available online and will also be distributed to schools, and played at the start of movies in theaters across the country with Microsoft’s sponsorship.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Valve co-founder Gabe Newell are among the tech luminaries who appear in the film, explaining the value of learning to write software code and sharing anecdotes about how they got started.
It’s the first big outreach by Code.org, a nonprofit formed by entrepreneurs Hadi Partovi and Ali Partovi to expand computer literacy and improve education in America. They recruited Lesley Chilcott, producer of documentaries “Waiting for Superman” and “An Inconvenient Truth,” to direct the film, which may reach 500,000 teachers and 10 million students over the next few weeks. Code’s vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn how to code.