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.Tech Teams Up With Code.org and 3 Leading Registrars to Expand Access to a Computer Science Education

Radix's .Tech Domains, in collaboration Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools, has just launched a praiseworthy new program that deserves widespread attention. It is a campaign, labeled #MyStartInTech, that seeks to eliminate widening gaps that impact young women and students from marginalized communities who are interested in computer science.  

The collaboration, that is also being supported by leading domain registrars Domain.com, GoDaddy Pro and Namecheap, will direct all sales proceeds for every standard one-year .Tech domain registered through any of the participating partners during the program period to Code.org.  

The campaign comes at a time when the rapid acceleration of digitization compels all industries to embrace innovation, increasing the importance of coding skills and overall investment in STEM. However, Code.org data shows that as of 2020, less than half of high schools in the United States teach foundational computer science, despite the fact that the number of job openings in the space have been multiplying year over year.  

Suman Das, Sr. Director of Brand Operations for .Tech Domains, said, "We are proud to join 

forces with Code.org to support its mission of ensuring that everyone has access to the type of education and skill sets that will set them up for future success. This is something that closely aligns with our own vision at .Tech Domains, as we continue to strive to build a more sustainable and inclusive tech ecosystem of the future.  

Hadi Partovi, Code.org CEO and co-founder, added, "The fields of software, computing, and computer science are historically plagued by stark under representation by gender, race, ethnicity, geography, and family income. We are grateful and excited to collaborate with .Tech Domains on this campaign to engage a top level domain used by startups and developers to help bridge this gap and drive our mission to increase diversity and equity in K-12 computer science."

Individuals from the tech industry can participate by visiting www.startin.tech and sharing how they got their start in tech and the role computer science played in their journey. The site also has more information on the partnership, how to donate to Code.org or help in other ways.

(Posted May 13, 2021)

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