In January, Code.org was offically launched, with the goal of promoting education in computer science and programming accessible for everyone. The organization founded by brothers Hadi Partovi and Ali Partovi, is pushing a new initiative today backed by a who's who of stars, tech luminaries and even the country's top Republican a Dmeocratic politicians. The initiative is called "The Hour of Code," and was kicked off today by a video from President Barack Obama. In his video, the President highlights the importance of computer science and programming and encourages Americans of all ages to try to learn some coding. You can check it out the video to your left.
The program is tied into Computer Science Education Week 2013, and excitedly welcomes "5 million students in 35,000 schools across 167 countries to their first Hour of Code." Other high profile names backing this initiative include Facebook founder Mrk Zuckerberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrities Ashton Kutcher and Shakira, and even Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.