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Code for Asia x you

a Community Campus on the cloud

Only 0.5% of the world’s population knows how to code. Since 2017, we have been democratising this “superpower” by enabling young people in Asia to learn to code and apply technology for impact, no prior experience required. We believe that the skills gap can be addressed at scale only by engaging young people as agents and co-creators of their own learning in a collaborative environment. We are building community-powered software (EDvengers) to do this effectively.

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Why we exist

Lee is 18 years old today. At some point during the COVID-19 pandemic, her dad barged into the room hurrying her to pick up a phone call on the home line in the middle of her history exam; “Lee we couldn’t see you on our end!” said her professor in distress. Turns out both the stream from her mobile and laptop camera were off for some reason. This, after enduring a distraught TA who was fumbling with troubleshooting another student’s connection all of which she bore complete witness to; yet Lee is one of the luckier ones in the current situation, to be able to continue her education.

Educational inequalities. Climate change. Whatever the problem that you can think of – tech is and is not the answer. From directing street lights to the way that we fly, much if not all of modern life as we know it will vanish if code were to cease to exist. For a tool that dominates over every imaginable aspect of human lives, surprisingly, only a very select few are fluent in this literacy. In fact, more people in the world could read and write in 1820 (12%) than there are that can code today (0.5%).

Technology is the answer. We will need to design inclusive and intuitive applications if we are to bring a majority, rather than a few, of the world into the embrace of progress. Technology is not the answer. It cannot lead to meaningful progress unless more diverse perspectives are brought into its ambit, unless we build solutions that can allow any Lee and Ali to get their jobs done effectively while being mindful of the structural barriers that stand in their way. Technology needs to work for humanity rather than against humanity. Given the dismal state of public education and the rapid advance of automation, the design and delivery of these essential skills for thriving in the digital age requires urgent innovation. At {Code for Asia}, we build communities of learning and software so that young people can build the futures that they desire through learning to code and being part of a regional community to drive change together.

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  • Problem-based learning: Go from zero to hero or heroine as you learn and apply coding to solving for real-world challenges.
  • A global, social experience: Come team up, learn and struggle together alongside mentors and experts who are here to guide you.
  • Scaled for growth: We leverage technology to deliver seamless and intuitive experiences so that you can focus on learning and connecting.
  • Smart and relevant: As you engage with the community, find recommendations and opportunities that are most suitable for you! (Coming soon).

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What we do

Just how do we create change through our communities and technology?

Collaborate for collective impact-making

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