274: Why Codeverse Wants to Teach 1 Billion Kids How to Code In Hackable Classrooms
Chicago-based start-up Codeverse is on a simple mission to teach one billion kids how to code and turn today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders.
Codeverse is the brainchild of one of Chicago’s most successful husband and wife duos, Craig Ulliott and Katy Lynch. The pair met at the hugely successful Facebook app, ‘Where I’ve Been’ which was Craig’s first company and was acquired by TripAdvisor in 2011 with 10 million users.
Ulliott and Lynch then joined forces to build the explosively popular digital media firm, SocialKaty, which was acquired by Manifest Digital in 2014. Ulliott also co-founded leading loyalty company Belly, and Lynch served as CEO of Techweek.
On this episode, I speak with co-founder Katy Lynch about why they believe that every child should be set up for success as early as possible. And how they do this by equipping children with the right tools and resources they need to thrive in their ever-changing, technologically-advanced world.
KIDSCRIPT: A KID-FRIENDLY PROPRIETARY LANGUAGE
Built from the ground up purely to teach children to code, KidScript is Codeverse’s original, kid-friendly coding language. Using KidScript, children learn the craft of code while bringing their own ideas to life through a simplified programming language. This innovation allows children to see results as they type, providing a much greater understanding of cause and effect, as well as an immediate sense of accomplishment.
Unlike traditional coding, feedback is given in real time, which enables children to correct errors on the spot, and creates an active learning environment. The underlying curriculum is self-guided and adaptive, meeting and challenging children at each individual skill level.
At Codeverse they believe that Coding teaches essential life skills beyond the computer screen. It encourages creativity, instills confidence, and promotes critical thinking and problem-solving. Teachers on-site at Codeverse are also able to gain real-time visibility into student progress and engagement as the incredible technology in the studio enhances, but does not replace, this fundamental aspect of the classroom.
Katy Lynch was the CEO of Techweek, the nation’s largest traveling technology festival. Prior to Techweek, she was the President and Founder of SocialKaty, Inc, Chicago’s largest social media marketing agency. Founded in 2010, SocialKaty exploded, offering a rich set of services to a diverse portfolio of over 60 full-time clients, including AAA, Spartan Race, Beanie Babies, ServiceMaster, and Firestone Tires.
In July of 2014, Katy announced the merge between SocialKaty, Inc and Manifest Digital, a Chicago-based experience design agency. This combination created one of the largest social and content marketing teams in the U.S.
► Named ‘Top 50 Tech Influencer’ by Crain’s Chicago
► Placed on Thrillist’s ‘Top 50 Twitter Feeds To Follow’
► Listed on Chicago Tribune’s ’10 Chicago Entrepreneurs to Follow on Snapchat’
► Featured on BuiltInChicago’s ’50 Chicago Tech CEOs, Founders, Designers & Hackers to follow’
► Creator of popular hashtag #TravelTuesday
► Actively involved in Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration reform organization, FWD.US
► Model and Brand Ambassador for The Limited’s ‘Leading Looks Like’ National Campaign: