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The new way of learning to code! School of Code presents the world's first multiplayer coding platform. Team up and have fun coding!
The new way of learning to code! School of Code presents the world's first multiplayer coding platform. Team up and have fun coding!
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School of Code - The Multiplayer Learn to Code Experience

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For each pledge of £15 or more we will give access to our platform to someone in need for free giving them the opportunity to learn to code in our supportive community. You will also be helping us run our community coding classes such as our course with the homelessness charity Crisis and our upcoming project to tech refugees to code with Hack Your Future.

Make learning to code fun, social, and for everyone!

Learning a new skill can be lonely, hard, and it can be difficult to keep going when you get stuck, especially when you have no support around you. The School of Code makes learning a social experience - we combine multiplayer gaming with social learning to make learning to code fun, accessible, and meaning anyone, anywhere, can learn the skills of the future. You can team up, collaborate, compete, and learn to code together. We are creating the collaborative, creative coders that the world needs!

And can you think of a better way to spend Christmas Day then coding your characters with your family and friends? Then grab one of our rewards and gift it to someone special!

Why are we doing this?

We started School of Code to do social good! There is a massive technology skills gap, with lots of job opportunities. But at the same time there is rising automation and massive unemployment. The School of Code was setup to solve these two problems by helping more and different types of people get into coding. There are great careers in tech available, but unless we give everyone fair access to coding education these will be out of reach for many people!

We are all massive consumers of technology spending hours on smartphones, playing games, surfing the web, but many of us have no clue what's underneath this technology... The School of Code wants to help people become creators, not just consumers, and we think that the opportunity to learn those skills should be open to everyone. Instead of just playing games that add no value, and spending time on social media, people can have fun and learn code with our multiplayer coding platform.

Check out how we have helped the homelessness charity Crisis with our coding class, or taught kids and parents to code together with the BBC.

We are also going to be working with Hack Your Future to teach refugees how to code. Now we want to scale our approach and help people all over the world. There are bright kids in classrooms all over the world that struggle to learn computing because they need support from people who know how to code! The School of Code multiplayer platform means that we can team up students and experienced coders from all over the world to help each other, meaning everyone can have the chance for a great tech education.

How can you get involved?

If you see any rewards you like, then choose them, pledge to our campaign, and we will love you forever! Also please share this page with your friends, family, and whoever else you know.

Access to our platform allows you log on to the School of Code and create yourself a pixel character while learning HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills (these are the languages of the web, and allow you to create websites). 

Our community access allows you to invite anyone in our community into a game, meaning you can find learning buddies, mentors, tutors, or just someone to play a coding game with. This community access usually costs a subscription of £5/month, but you can get 1 year access for just £15 giving you a 75% discount.

Our premium curriculum is designed to take you from complete beginner to professional developer, and can take you through making websites and apps from scratch. We have a pipeline of content coming, and access will cost a subscription of £14.99 a month, but you can purchase 1 year of premium content for just £35 - that's a massive 81% discount!

Check out some more of our rewards below:

Newly Added! Christmas eCards

The Wildcard Reward

And as a wildcard reward, Bhish will get a commemorative pixel character tattoo with your initials on it... 

What can you do with it?

  • Learn to code
  • Collaborate with others - work together to complete a challenge
  • Compete against others - code against each other and see who wins
  • Code a pixel character - use them as your online avatar, upgrade them as your skills improve, play games with them, and you don't have to stop at just one!

You can also:

  • Use it to teach in schools, with peer-learning in the classroom through students teaming up and coding together
  • Use it in interviews - find out a candidates coding skills, soft skills, and how they work in a team to get the right culture and skills fit
  • Mentor other learners - you can help others by playing in tasks and challenges with them. You'll earn points and unlock special treats, and get a warm glowy feeling inside for helping people :)

Who's it for?

If you can read and type, this is for you. Whether you are a beginner, or a pro, come and have fun with code! We've used it with everyone, from age 8 to age 88. 

Have you tried coding and got stuck, bored, or lost motivation? Then School of Code is for you. We make coding fun and social. We let you team up, collaborate, learn from others, and help teach others.

Do you want to escape into the exciting world of tech? The School of Code is for you. Careers at companies like Facebook, Google, etc are the inspiration for a lot of learners. Working there is hugely collaborative - you are in a team of brilliant people solving challenges together, helping each other, reviewing each other's work and giving tips on how to improve. But when most people learn to code, they often just complete exercises on their own, losing any chance to become collaborative, creative thinkers. Our platform is perfect for learning how to work with lots of different people and improving your coding skills at the same time.

Do you learn better when you are bored, lonely, and frustrated? School of Code is probably not for you.

Character Building With Friends On The School of Code
Character Building With Friends On The School of Code

What Do People Think?

We used our collaborative learning platform in a project with the homelessness charity Crisis to teach some of their members to code. Here is what Pete from Crisis had to say:

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Stemettes are a great organisation set up to encourage and support getting more girls into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths. Head Stemette Anne-Marie tells us how the School of Code platform can help the great work they do.

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We have also used the School of Code platform in classrooms, helping teachers and students with computer science lessons. It has been great for classrooms of all ages, from 8-18, and we've found that especially between ages 10-16 this fills a gap in tech education - it engages the whole class and enables teachers of any experience level get their kids coding together! Mash (a Computer Science Teacher) used it for his A-Level students - here's what he thinks about it:

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Where have we been and where are we going?

We have a prototype - and it is AWESOME (if we do say so ourselves). We've iterated over time and from the great feedback of our community to bring you the great platform that you can get access to today. But we have big plans for the future, it is our aim to make the learn to code experience for you as engaging, fun and informative as possible so we will always be innovating and bringing you the best in coding education. the timeline below shows you: our story so far, what's on the horizon and then the plans beyond that.

Once the Kickstarter campaign ends we'll get straight to work on getting rewards out to you and implementing our plan for scaling the School of code offering. We want to provide you the best user experience and here is a breakdown of how funds will be allocated to deliver that:

Kickstarter Funding Breakdown
Kickstarter Funding Breakdown

Coding Games!

As a bonus for those people who have scrolled all the way down to the bottom of our page, check out this cool video. As you improve your coding abilities, you will get badges, points, rewards, and can even unlock mini-games to play with your friends. Here is an example of a "Flappy Bird" game:

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Risks and challenges

We have a working production prototype. The risks to us completing our platform are:

1. Scaling the platform curriculum - we have expertise in computer science, and we have been teaching lots of different types of people over the last year. We will use this experience to make curriculum into an enjoyable multiplayer experience for everyone.

2. Scaling the platform technology - we have a team of top tech talent, and this last year have developed a brand new offering in the learn to code world. We have the skills and passion to carry on this development and create something really innovative for tech education and online learning.

3. Chris has handed in his PhD, and just awaiting his viva - barring a mishap he will be Dr. Meah soon (although if people ask "is there a doctor on board", he'd probably just get his laptop out...)

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    Early Access To The Platform Granted

    This perk will get you early access to our platform. This means that while it is in development, you will be able to play, code, and help us improve it by giving feedback on the latest features we add, as we add them. That means you'll be in the first batch to be making your very own pixel characters - YAY!

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    Personalised Christmas eCard

    Give something special this Chirstmas. Design someone with code and send them a personalised Christmas eCard! What says Merry Christmas better than a Christmas Pixie?

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    1 Year Community Subscription

    You will get access to our entire community for a whole year. That means you can invite anyone into a game with you - whether to collaborate, compete, ask for help, or help someone else, you'll have full access to all community features

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    Pixel Mug :)

    Access to the platform, code your character, and then get it printed on a mug :)

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    Your Pixel Character T-Shirt (for Xmas)

    When you have designed your character, we will print it on your very own t-shirt! We will send it and (as long as you finish coding your character in time) get it to you for Christmas - YAY!

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    Your Pixel Character T-Shirt (2nd Batch)

    When you have designed your character, we will print it on your very own t-shirt!

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    1 Year Premium Curriculum Subscription

    We will be creating premium content on our platform for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript - and you will be the first to get it.

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    Full Curriculum + Printed Goodies

    You get access to the full curriculum for 1 year and also a t-shirt with your pixel character.... best day ever!

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    Classroom Access

    Give access to a class of 25 students, who will be able to code characters, play games, and will be given the curriculum when released.

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    Coding For Business

    A specific package to teach you what you the basics of web technology in business - learn to speak the language of the techies. Perfect for entrepreneurs. Includes a 1 hour consultancy

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    A Badge In Your Honour

    Have a badge that users can earn named after you, and work with us on the design!

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    Interviews, But Better

    Use our multiplayer coding platform for up to 100 interviews. Forget about whiteboard interviews, engage candidates with a team programming game, and learn about their coding skills, soft skills, and how they work in a team to find that perfect skills-culture fit and hire!

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    2 Day Online Coding Bootcamp

    Join us for a 2 Day Online Coding Bootcamp - the School of Code team will take you through as much as we can possibly pack in to 2 days from the comfort of your own home.

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    School Workshop

    We will run a coding workshop for a school to get students excited about code and making their very own pixel characters. We also show them how to do cool things with tech, from making robots to creating a keyboard out of bananas. This workshop inspires kids to get into technology and gives them an introduction to what they are capable of doing with code!

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    Coding trial - for the horde

    This reward consists of 500 Community Access subscriptions for three months - so you and your horde can get a real taster for coding and do some great learning together

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    Sponsor A School

    Sponsor a whole school anywhere in the world, giving all of the students (up to 2000 accounts) to sign up to our Character Building platform, so that they can team up and learn to code together. You could even sponsor two, and we can get the modern day version of pen-pals going (pixel-avatar-pals? it's catchy!)

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    Sponsor A Challenge

    Your name, logo, and branding can be incorporated into a coding challenge or mini-game so that people can thank you for the joy you bring to coding!!! Get your company name recognised, and help get more and different types of people into coding.

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    The Wildcard Package

    As a thank you for this kind gesture, we will give you one of every reward above + Bhish will get a pixel character tattoo with your initials front and centre. Bhish is completely tattoo free at this point in time...

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