ReadWriteReflect offers a look back at major technology trends, products and companies of the past year.

Last January marked the launch of, a nonprofit that promotes computer-science education. launched Hour Of Code, a nationwide campaign that urged Americans to learn how to program. President Obama even recorded a video in support of the campaign. Nearly 15 million people responded to the call.

And that experience encapsulates what a whirlwind year it’s been for the “learn to code” movement. In 2012, about 170,000 people—including New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg—resolved to learn to code in that year’s Codecademy campaign. In 2013, 88 times that number actually did learn to code—and that’s just in’s campaign, which was one of many.

Demand for developers continues to rise, so this trend isn’t showing signs of peaking yet. Here’s why it took off in 2013.

High Demand

It’s no wonder so many people are buying into learn-to-code campaigns. The technology industry is where the jobs are.

In 2010, there were 913,000 U.S. jobs for software developers, a number expected to grow by — For more information read the original article here.    

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