Frequently Asked Questions
What differentiates Code.X from MOOCs (e.g., Coursera)?
Is this cost effective?
Code.X is more than just a coding camp. Beyond CS, the curricula has a focus on problem solving and Design Thinking in order to foster critical thinking skills and empower students – which requires in-person interaction and project based learning.
More significantly, the low student–teacher ratio allows for individual attention and comprehensive mentorship that shapes students beyond just academics. We believe that these students will grow to become change-agents in their communities.
Local organizations partner with Code.X to improve the standard of technical education, leading to significant and deliberate secondary effects. As we do not rely on paid teaching professionals or contractors to implement, the relative cost to operate is low.
What does Code.X uniquely understand about the problem its addressing?
Technology and education eco-systems in developing countries involve a variety of stakeholders (NGOs, government, private sector) but may lack the expertise and exposure to technology leaders to execute their visions.
Moreover, the majority of existing initiatives are focused on inputs rather than outcomes, and subsequently, fail to deliver the desired impact. Many of these projects operate on short-term timelines with excessive red-tape (i.e., are unsustainable).
Furthermore, the “Aid Industry” disincentivizes innovation due to entrenched participants (e.g., sub-contractors, outside consultants) that rely on a steady stream of projects, leading to the promotion of programs without much concern over quality.
How is this sustainable? What's the ramp up / expansion plan?
Code.X is designed to be de-centralized, with on-the-ground partners owning their programs and sharing in Code.X’s vision from Day 1.
Code.X focuses on knowledge transfer and building up the capacity of our local partners to rely less on Code.X over time (see page 10 for details). The core organization does not need to significantly grow in size to expand operations to new markets.
In 2018, Code.X is planning to launch 1-2 new pilots. The goal of this year is to focus on standardizing curriculum, developing metrics, and assessing transferability.
Code.X believes that technology is the future, and that all voices deserve to be a part ofthat future, no matter the circumstances of one’s life.
Among students, Code.X programs are expected to achieve both gender and socioeconomic diversity, with a 50:50 ratio of girls to boys as well as two-thirds of students from underserved communities.
Code.X instructors model this diversity, with an equal gender ratio, in addition to socioeconomic and racial diversity. To prevent socioeconomic status from being a barrier, all expenses are paid for both students and instructors.
What is Code.X’s commitment to diversity?
We are starting with Stanford students in order to focus on program execution. This allows for streamlining recruitment and building a community of Code.X volunteer alumni. Additionally, demand at Stanford significantly exceeds available Code.X volunteer positions (by a ratio of 5:1).
As we expand, we will recruit students and young alumni from other universities while maintaining our standards of teaching and quality of brand.
Why is Code.X limited to Stanford? Do you plan to expand the volunteer pool?
To provide world-class instruction, we need to attract world-class instructors. Being selected as a Code.X instructor is a prestigious achievement, and covering all expenses is one component of that. Most volunteers take time off from their summer internships, and we would like to remove as many barriers as possible for their participation.
As mentioned, this also enables socioeconomic diversity of our instructors, which also benefits students. We strongly believe that the return on investment is significant.