The team at the Kapor Center  for Social Impact has collected  CODING NATION, a database of information on 300+ programs or software that teach youth and adults elements of computer science and coding. Organizations are both virtual and located in cities around the country.  Done with the support of  bootcamper.ioThe Computer Science Collaboration Project, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), who all shared data sets, the database catalogues organizations that provide some type of coding training. Orgs are broken into these categories:

  • Bootcamps: Intensives that prepare participants for at least entry-level developer positions.
  • Certifications: Trainings that result in a certification/credential, badge, or belt to identify skill development progress.
  • Corporation-focused: Courses that provide training to corporations or on behalf of a specific corporation.
  • Hackathons: Event in which individuals collaborate in a short and intense time period (typically 24 to 72 hours) to build a mobile or web application.

According to Co-director Cedric Brown,  the list was focused on tech and coding, not STEM programs, especially those which happen outside of traditional school structures.  The list does have a few programs that are based outside of the U.S., but the focus is mostly national.

To our knowledge, this is the first publication of this type of list in the US, and we urge readers to add to it–Click here to access the database in Google Docs, make comments, and download.  –


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Disclosure: Oakland Local is a partner with Kapor Center in another, upcoming tech project.

About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local ( a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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