A friendly hello!
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Hello everyone - I'm Matt. I've recently joined the Code For Kids team to help out as its Marketing Manager. That means I'll be helping to promote and build the Code For Kids brand as we seek world domi... erm... code inspiration.
My interests have always been in digital. One summer, when I was about 11 or 12, I had the choice of going to a summer camp or doing something otherwise productive with my time. That's when I decided to learn HTML. Seeing as I'm now 25 - you may be able to appreciate how far things have come since then. That summer changed the way I took on challenges. I learned that if you really wanted to learn something, you had the ability to go out there and do it (and this was before great resources like CodeAcademy). Of course, the websites I built back then were nothing like what can be done today - but it nevertheless gave me a start, and more importantly - a feeling that even if something seemed really complicated, I could learn it if I applied myself.
Now, for some of you - that may seem "fluffy". But for me, it's the exact feeling that I want to be a part of bringing to every child that participates in Code For Kids. In an age where kids will never know the fine luxuries of film-based cameras, dial-up modems or music on cassettes, and where platforms are more open to develop on than ever, no one should be limited in making their dreams digital. Whether it's building a blog and sharing their thoughts with 7 billion people, or inventing an all new way to do so; code literacy is quickly becoming as important as knowing how to read and write.
Of course, it has to start somewhere: that's what we're here to help with.