Make It Stop

Why Leo ‘the Homeless Coder’ Remains on the Streets One Successful App and $10,000 Later

Leo Grand and Patrick McConlogue.

The following story from last summer probably rings a bell.

On his way to work each morning, Patrick McConlogue, a New York entrepreneur, passed the same homeless man. His name was Leo Grand, and the two would soon become friends in the unlikeliest of fashions.

Mr. McConlogue stopped one morning to offer the man a choice: $100, no strings attached, or the opportunity to learn to code. Read More

Teach Me How to Startup

Mark Zuckerberg, Will.i.Am and Chris Bosh Star in Infomercial About Learning to Code

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Agitprop about “coding as the new literacy,” lost momentum last year somewhere around the time adults felt compelled to issue public apologies to Codecademy for ignoring their email tutorials. But with President Obama shouting out high tech high schools in the State of the Union–and Chinese hackers inspiring a possible “Sputnik moment“–the cause of educating young minds in the ways of coding seems to have taken on new urgency.

Witness, for example, this video produced by Code.org, a nonprofit devoted to enhancing computer programming education. “Learn about a new ‘superpower’ that isn’t being taught in in 90% of US schools,” the description advertises. Wait, America still has a chance at staying a superpower? Tell me more! Read More