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February 27, 2013

Tech Billionaires Champion Nonprofit for Young Programmers

Bill Gates, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, appear in a video released Tuesday by the nonprofit group Code.org that aims to boost programming skills among young people, says Reuters.

Code.org was founded by twin brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi, Iran-born emigres who founded and sold a series of technology companies and were early investors in Facebook, Dropbox, and Zappos. The 10-minute video, which also features sports and entertainment celebrities, touts the benefits of computer education, which can lead to lucrative jobs but does not feature widely in school curricula.

"Computer programming, right now, is the best embodiment of the American Dream," Hadi Partovi said. "The American Dream is to be the next Mark Zuckerberg. ... The tragedy is the skills it takes are not hard to learn, but only 10 percent of schools offer [computer science] courses, and these are usually the privileged schools."