Code.org CEO: Coding Provided ‘Order Amidst Chaos’ as Bombs Fell Near My Home #HourOfCode #makereducation
In celebration of Hour of Code, check out this interview with Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi from Entrepreneur.
Hadi Partovi, 43, remembers when he got hooked on coding. He was 10 and bombs were falling outside.
The co-founder and CEO of Code.org, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to expanding global student access to computer science, first learned to program video games while growing up in war-torn Iran in the 1980s. His family’s home was in the capital of Tehran near the local TV station, a prime bombing target.
One day, Hadi’s father brought home a computer — a Commodore 64 — for him and his identical twin brother, Ali. “He said, ‘This doesn’t have any games on it, but here’s a book to teach yourself BASIC programs. You can write your own games,’” Hadi recalls.
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