CodeNow: A Startup Non-Profit That Teaches Kids to Code

Most of us in the tech industry know there’s a huge issue in America with regard to engineer scarcity, as well as the broad digital divide between the digerati and the under-served.  CodeNow is a DC startup non-profit that aims to solve both problems by teaching disadvantaged kids to code.

This holiday season CodeNow is pushing to raise money to buy kids netbooks so they can teach more students crucial programing skills in DC. iStrategyLabs is a huge fan – we were CodeNow’s first sponsor – and so is the Whitehouse (read here).

Buy a kid a netbook. Contribute anything – even $10. Donate your latte fund. Whatever. IT WILL ACTUALLY MATTER. Watch the videos below and contribute to this great program.  If you do…please comment on this post or email me (peter at istrategylabs dot com) to tell me – I’m going to invite every single donor this season to a super secret VIP happy hour on me just to say thank you. The donation link is

6 Responses to “CodeNow: A Startup Non-Profit That Teaches Kids to Code”

  1. Wooow! Such a cool project!!! Have you guys looked at Sugar ( and maybe Turtle Art (

  2. Aaron says:

    Happily donated a netbook! I’ve been following Ryan and CodeNow for a while and know that this donation will go a long way. Its a fantastic organization and I am excited to see (and now help!) CodeNow and its participants grow!

  3. Kevin May says:

    As a doctoral student bootstrapping my business, donations are not something I can usually offer. But the mission of CodeNow is too important not to be a part of so was very glad to be able to donate a netbook! I would like to hear if there is a need/opportunity to volunteer my time to be a mentor/educator for the kids CodeNow is working with.


  4. Jocelyn says:

    Wonderful. Love what you’re doing.

  5. Jamaal says:

    I just made a contribution. I also have an old (2 years old) that I can donate. It already has things live visual studio, wamp and ubuntu installed.

  6. Todd Fisk says:

    Woeful dearth of posts here. My donation is small, but I’m happy to do it. Thanks for all you do for the community Peter.