TicketNetwork realizes the importance of having a future generation of people who know how to code. With that in mind, we’ve helped sponsor the Connecticut Science Center’s DaVinci Coder Girls-Only Hackathon taking place this Saturday on May 21st.
The event will take place at the Connecticut Science Center from 8 AM to 5 PM with the main goal being to show girls in middle school and high school that coding is a successful tool, and with it they can impact the future in a positive way. According to some research, women actually write better code than their male counterpart. Girls will be able to work together to create a new app or game that will continue to inspire future generations.
In recognition of the Hackathon, we’re celebrating some of the lesser-known coders from the world of sports and entertainment. Here is our top list of celebrities who can code:
One of the most important advocates for our future generation learning how to code is Victoria’s Secret Angel Karlie Kloss. Her presence at the forefront of this movement is important because it shows girls of all ages that coding is not something that can only be mastered by men. Kloss’ passion for coding can be seen on her Instagram page as she usually posts videos of herself coding. She is so invested in girls becoming the future of coding that she started the Kode With Karlie Scholarship at the Flatiron School in New York. Her work makes her not only one of the most beautiful advocates for the next generation learning code but also one of the best.
One of the biggest advocates for our future generation learning to code is a pretty big man. NBA power forward Chris Bosh, a member of the Miami Heat, is not only a smart basketball player, but a smart person in general. Bosh grew up a coder, his parents were both tech-savvy and in high school he participated in a computer club known as the Wizkids and joined numerous other engineering clubs. Bosh also attended college at Georgia Tech, and when his talent is no longer required in the NBA he will begin coding again and continue his work with the non-profit organization Code.org.
No, you are not being Punk’d, Ashton Kutcher really is an avid coder. Although he is best known for his role as the dull Michael Kelso in That 70s Show, Kutcher studied Biochemical Engineering at the University of Iowa. He likes keeping tabs on budding technology companies and is invested in Foursquare and Uber. Kutcher is a spokesperson for code and all things tech and has even made appearances at conferences such as TechCrunch. Kutcher is an ambassador for the Hour of Code as well and works with organizations to spread the word about the importance of coding.
Another coder turned comedian is host of the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon. Fallon attended college in New York at the College of Saint Rose where he studied computer science. His father was a long time employee at IBM, one of the leaders in the tech industry, and Fallon was ready to follow in his footsteps. Even though most of America is glad that the former SNL legend chose comedy, he is still proficient in coding.
Even musicians have come to the forefront to support the idea that code needs to be an essential part of learning for our next generation. On https://code.org/quotes the list goes on of the influential people that are joining the cause. The two most notable names in the entertainment business are Snoop Dogg and Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas.
“We all depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code,” says Will.iam. “It’s important for these kids, right now, starting at 8 years old, to read and write code.”
The DaVinci Coder Girls-Only Hackathon is something that TN is very proud to be a part of because we appreciate our coders and realize how important a skill it is. Without coders we could not be as successful as we strive to be, and TN is not alone in realizing the importance of a strong coder.
President Barack Obama encouraged coding to become a daily routine for students from kindergarten to college. The initiative, known as “The Hour of Code,” was promoted by President Obama as he wanted today’s generation to create the next app or video game rather than just buying them.
Obama got endorsements from unlikely sources after he introduced this idea as well. Celebrities Ashton Kutcher and Shakira were the first to publicly support Obama as they know that coding is a great avenue for young people to make a living.
If you would like to help support the art of coding, check out the CT Science Center’s Hackathon or other causes that support this endeavor, like Code.org.