"CodeNow opened my eyes to different careers I can choose and how much work people put into video games and certain web sites. Even for apps I use on my phone every day."
"CodeNow opened countless doors for me. They helped me solidify my career path. I'm more sure of my ambitions in technology and combined my love for Computer Science (CS) and fashion!"
"During the program, things came together and I got really excited about coding. I did not have much of a direction until CodeNow happened."
CodeNow is a 501(c)(3) non-profit teaching high school students how to solve meaningful problems through coding. Our program has four levels to introduce you to web design, coding, and how to come up with your own app ideas.
Over two weekends you’ll learn how to go from an idea to a full-fledged app that you and other people can actually use. By “app” we mean… type in a URL, click on a page, and see something cool and useful happen. Kind of like the apps you use everyday such as Facebook or Twitter. By the end, you’ll take home your own codebase (to brag about and show to your friends and family), and we’ll provide you with a pathway to continue building and learning how to make new projects of your own.
Once you’ve completed the workshop we won’t leave you hanging. Now it’s time for you to set the pace for how often you’d like to practice coding and learn more. We’ll provide you with guidance, mentorship, support, and the resources you’ll need to level up your skills over time and on your schedule. Once you’ve made some progress here, you’ll unlock the ability to participate in one of our hackathons.
Ever thought about being your own boss or starting your own company? This is how teenage entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg got their start. They made something they thought was interesting, useful, or fun and shared it with other people. That’s exactly what you’ll do at a CodeNow hackathon. You’ll develop a portfolio of projects and a codebase of work which will prepare you for college and future careers in tech as software engineers, web designers, and product managers.
Rather than giving you more material to learn, our job now becomes to help you make your own ideas real! As a capstone for the CodeNow program, you will gain practical development experience through a national summer app competition. By combining all you’ve learned through the workshop, the online courses and hackathons, you’ll bring it all to the table to emerge as a successful designer, programmer, and budding entrepreneur with a portfolio of projects to show for it.
By joining CodeNow, you will learn the coding, design, and problem-solving skills to make your ideas real. You'll make new friends and start living the life of a creator, rather than just a consumer, of software.
There are a lot of options if you want to learn computer science principles to pass your AP exam. At CodeNow, we’ll teach you how to make apps that you and your friends can use today to do cool and interesting things (you'll also learn enough to do well in your CS classes too).
We believe having the motivation to build something you care about is the best way to learn. Joining CodeNow means you'll develop an interest in making the world a better place through technology, design and business.
This is our primary acceptance criteria for CodeNow. You need to be driven by a problem you want to solve or an idea you want to make real, but also have the tenacity to persist when times get tough.
CodeNow is comprised of highschoolers who come from a variety of backgrounds, neighborhoods, and socioeconomic statuses. Our diversity and emphasis on working with others is what makes our program special.
Practical, applicable, hands-on learning is at the core of our teaching philosophy. You won’t find any fluff in our programs, we’ll teach you what's necessary to take the next step towards making your idea real.
CodeNow has been recognized by the White House, was selected to participate in Y Combinator’s accelerator program as part of their first batch of nonprofits, and has been featured in a number of publications, including TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Fast Company, and The Wall Street Journal.
If you're not a potential student, you can still help by connecting us with a
forward thinking company or foundation we should work with, introducing us to a young
person who is curious about tech, or volunteering for one of our upcoming workshops!
Director of Learning & Engagement
Director of Programs