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Anybody can learn.

  • No experience needed
  • No computers either
  • Ages 6-106

The first Hour of Code in the UK had over 3 million participants, with overwhelming feedback from students, teachers, and parents.

Leaders and trendsetters agree more students should learn computer science

Joanna Shields

OBE Chairman, Tech City UK and UK Ambassador for Digital Industries

"The way we work, live and experience the world is changing. Digital tools are helping everyone, not just engineers and computer scientists, to create exciting new experiences, products and services. If we want our kids to be more than just passive consumers - if we want them to become a generation of creators and makers - we need to teach them about the building blocks of today's world, and I can't imagine a better way to start than the Hour of Code.”

Boris Johnson

Mayor of London

"I want London to be at the forefront of the technology sector, so it’s vital our youngsters are equipped with the skills they'll need to compete at the very highest levels on the global stage. My London Schools Excellence Fund is supporting a range of projects aimed at raising standards across the capital and I wholeheartedly welcome initiatives like the Hour of Code, which will help even more schoolchildren to get to grips with some of the basics. I urge all London schools to take part on 3 March."

Baroness Martha Lane Fox

Founder, Lastminute.com

"Hour of code is fantastic. Yes, The uk needs many more technical skills but more than that learning to code can help unleash the next generation of creativity."

Michael Smith

Founder, Moshi Monsters

"Learning to code is not only fun, challenging and mind expanding for kids, it's equipping our next generation with one of the most important tools of the 21st century"

Mark Zuckerberg

Founder, Facebook

“Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren't enough people who are trained and have these skills today.“


Musician/The Black Eyed Peas and Entrepreneur

“Here we are, 2013, we ALL depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code. It's important for these kids, right now, starting at 8 years old, to read and write code.“

Tim Berners Lee

Inventor, World Wide Web

"I'm so excited to see the launch of Hour of Code in the UK, in this, the Web's 25th birthday year. Learning to code gives you a completely new perspective when you look at a computer. Before, you think of it as an appliance -- like a fridge -- accepting what it can do. After, you know that you can code that computer to do anything you can imagine it doing. That's a massive change ... and a massive challenge!"

Ian Livingstone

Founder, Games Workshop

"Our world has become exponentially reliant on technology. It is vital that children learn how to become creators, not just consumers of digital technology. It is the difference between reading and writing. Code powers innovation and creativity. Coding is no longer a marginal skill for geeks. From making games, to fighting cybercrime, to designing a jet propulsion engine, computing is essential knowledge. Learning to code will enable children to become problem-solvers and digital-makers for jobs that don’t yet exist."

Richard Branson

Founder, Virgin Group

“Whether we're fighting climate change or going to space, everything is moved forward by computers, and we don't have enough people who can code. Teaching young people to code early on can help build skills and confidence and energize the classroom with learning-by-doing opportunities. I learned how to fly a hot air balloon when I was 30,000 feet up and my life was in the balance: you can learn skills at any age but why wait when we can teach everyone to code now!“

Sherry Coutu

CBE Chairman, Founders4Schools

"Our progress can be charted through people wanting to create a better future and feeling empowered to do so. In the past that was fuelled by learning to read and write and add things up - whether at school, the home or both. Nowadays, we will need to understand basic problem solving that comes from understanding coding and how it works. The hour of code is an important mission to help everyone who would like to understand more about how the tech behind our modern lives works and to understand how it can help them achieve greater impact. I sometimes describe it to my kids as giving us 'magical powers', which I think we can all use.”

Sheryl Sandberg

Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

“An understanding of computer science is becoming increasingly essential in today’s world. Our national competitiveness depends upon our ability to educate our children – and that includes our girls – in this critical field.“

Ashton Kutcher


“I'd like to advocate for computer coding to be an institution in the public school systems right next to biology, chemistry, physics, etc. If we want to spur job growth in the US we have to educate ourselves in the disciplines where jobs are available and where economic growth is feasible.“

President Bill Clinton

“At a time when people are saying "I want a good job - I got out of college and I could’nt find one," every single year in America there is a standing demand for 120,000 people who are training in computer science.“

Bill Gates

Chairman, Microsoft

“Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.“

Arianna Huffington

Founder, The Huffington Post

“Learning to code is useful no matter what your career ambitions are. “

Eric Schmidt

Executive Chairman, Google

“For most people on Earth, the digital revolution hasn't even started yet. Within the next 10 years, all that will change. Let's get the whole world coding!“

Snoop Dogg

Rapper, Singer-songwriter, and Actor

“support tha american dream n make coding available to EVERYONE!!“

Steven Hawking

Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, and Author

“Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.“

Jack Dorsey

Creator, Twitter. Founder and CEO, Square

“I think that great programming is not all that dissimilar to great art. Once you start thinking in concepts of programming it makes you a better person...as does learning a foreign language, as does learning math, as does learning how to read.“

Drew Houston

Founder & CEO, Dropbox

“Software touches all of these different things you use, and tech companies are revolutionizing all different areas of the world...from how we shop to how farming works, all these things that aren't technical are being turned upside down by software. So being able to play in that universe really makes a difference.“

Simon Peyton Jones

Chairman, Computing At School

"With the advent in September of the new Computing curriculum, which includes computational thinking and computer science for the first time, the UK Hour of Code is perfectly timed as a springboard for children and their parents, by helping them to dip their toe in the water of this rich, fascinating new subject."

Meg Whitman

President and CEO, Hewlett-Packard

“If you have a daughter, she should go be an engineer.“

Susan Wojcicki

Senior Vice President, Google

“Learning to code makes kids feel empowered, creative, and confident. If we want our young women to retain these traits into adulthood, a great option is to expose them to computer programming in their youth.“

Phil Smith

CEO of Cisco UK & Ireland

“In our increasingly digitally enabled society code builders become the architects of our future. What an opportunity for any young person to get on board and truly change the way we work, live, play and learn."

Justine Roberts

Chief Executive Officer, Mumsnet

"The internet is central to our lives, yet only a small minority of us understand how it works. Learning the language of code will be as important to children today as learning the three Rs - without that understanding, we are denying ourselves access to the most important creative tool at our disposal. That's why we're backing the UK Hour of Code."

Matthew Hancock

Under-Secretary of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning

"Young people have grown up surrounded by smartphones and tablets, and the perception that computers are just for geeks has been well and truly demolished. For them to be successful in the 21st century it is vital they are equipped with the right skills for the modern digital economy, and by teaching coding we will be giving youngsters in this country an essential head-start."

Avid Larizadeh

General Partner, Google Ventures and UK lead for Hour of Code

"I brought the Hour of Code to the UK to boost awareness and challenge people’s perception of coding. I wanted to give Children, Teachers, Parents and Organisations the opportunity to experience how creative and engaging coding and computational skills can be, whilst helping spread the important message that coding is accessible to all. In looking forward and with technology underpinning so much of our daily lives, I believe it is important to equip the next generation with an understanding and appreciation of coding, so that it might be of real benefit to their future lives and careers."