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13 Jul 2016

WATCH: TedX Talk On Learning To Code and Create

 

Students around the world are told they must ‘Learn to Code!’ This certainlysounds great, but why should you learn to code?

Will it really help you accomplish your personal goals or land your dream job?

We’ll see how learning to code is only a part of joining the digital revolution, but we’ll go further to explore how you can harness technology to your unique way of impacting the world. Learn how you can shape the future by not just learning to code, but learning to create.

Justin Richards is the Founder/CEO of Youth Digital that has taught over 40,000 students how to create with technology. Justin leads a team of 40 passionate people in delivering amazing technology courses for students in over 100 countries. Students as young as age 8 learn how to create everything from apps to mods to fashion collections.

Prior to starting Youth Digital at age 22, he taught technology courses to students in downtown St. Louis. Justin grew up helping his family start computer schools in Romanian orphanages and taught himself to develop and design as a hobby, before turning that passion into Youth Digital. In the end, Youth Digital is a place that Justin would have loved as a child.

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12 May 2016

WATCH: The Next Web

20 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. For his next project, he’s building a web for open, linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together.

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10 May 2016

WATCH: You Should Learn To Program!

Christian is an SMU President’s Scholar majoring in Computer Science with a premedical specialization. He has an affinity for tech startups, a knack for Web development, and a fascination with the rapid progress of technology and its implications on the future of human society. Christian is on a mission to inspire the world to learn to program.

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03 May 2016

WATCH: TED Talk From Elon Musk

Entrepreneur Elon Musk is a man with many plans. The founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX sits down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about his visionary projects, which include a mass-marketed electric car, a solar energy leasing company and a fully reusable rocket.

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22 Apr 2016

Watch: TED Talk About Artificial Intelligence Becoming Smarter than Humans

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as “smart” as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: “Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make.”

A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we’re building right now, driven by thinking machines.

Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values — or will they have values of their own?

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19 Apr 2016

WATCH: Inspiring TEDx Talk On Computer Science Education

Ashley’s talk shines a light on the major problem that is American Computer Science education. In 2020, 1.4 million new jobs will be available for those with competing backgrounds, but we’ll only have engineers to fill two-thirds of them.

Ashley shows us how we can right this wrong.

Ashley Gavin is a computer science education consultant with a passion for making computer science curricula empowering, accessible, and above all, fun.

Her work in curriculum and program development serves as the foundation for some of the finest educational organizations in the country including her brainchild “Girls Who Code”.

During high school, Ashley was actively interested in tech. However, she was denied access to computer science courses at her school due her failing grades in math and science.

In her senior year, the newly appointed CS teacher noticed her affinity for tech and took a risk by letting her drop math and take computer science instead.

Ashley has since been working to do so for as many students as possible, especially those in underrepresented groups.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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17 Apr 2016

WATCH: Hadi Partovi Explains How Computer Science is For Everyone

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.This persuasive talk shows how essential and easy it is to gain a basic understanding of computer science learning principles.

Our world increasingly driven by technology and software, so we all need to know the creative, problem-solving power of computer science.

This is especially important to students who will lead the way in our shared future. Learn how you can take the next step at http://code.org .

Hadi Partovi learned computer science so he could have games to play on the computer his father gave him (a Commodore 64) when he was 10 years old in Iran.

Since then he has worked as computer programmer and also as an entrepreneur, investor, and as co-founder of Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to growing computer science education in the US and worldwide.

Hadi has been Microsoft’s Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer, was General Manager of MSN.com where he helped deliver 30% annual growth and MSN’s only year of profit.

He was on the founding teams of Tellme and iLike. As an angel investor and startup advisor, Hadi’s portfolio includes Facebook, Zappos, Dropbox, airbnb, OPOWER, Flixster, Bluekai, TASER, and many others.

Partovi explains in depth just why the computer science and technology industry needs more women and young children involved and how it will be foundational to any job within the next 30-40 years.

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13 Apr 2016

Watch this TED Talk About Teaching Your Kids About Computers

Linda Liukas is a Finnish computer programmer, children’s writer and programming instructor. In 2014, her Hello Ruby coding book for children raised $380,000 on Kickstarter becoming the platform’s most highly funded children’s book.

Computer code is the next universal language, and its syntax will be limited only by the imaginations of the next generation of programmers.

Linda Liukas is helping to educate problem-solving kids, encouraging them to see computers not as mechanical, boring and complicated but as colorful, expressive machines meant to be tinkered with.

In this talk, she invites us to imagine a world where the Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow grow up to be optimistic and brave about technology and use it to create a new world that is wonderful, whimsical and a tiny bit weird.

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