Hour of Code Events

What is Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a global movement introducing tens of millions of people worldwide to computer science, inspiring folks to learn more about coding and computer programming. The Hour of Code takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week. At 42, we LOVE coding. We eat, sleep code. We train to code and code to train. So we want to share our love for coding with others and help the average Joe and Jane try coding.

Hour of Code Events at 42

Get your code on at one of two events: the Hour of Code or the Virtual Hour of Code (details below)

How does it work?

1. Turn up! Log on to the webinar or if you’re coming to our pretty awesome campus with 1024 iMacs, we’ll set you up with a computer to use.
2. Choose your game/activity. There are activities for all ages, and we’ll be using resources from Code.org. Some examples include Minecraft, Star Wars, Disney’s Frozen, Angry Birds, and Plants vs. Zombies. No matter how old you are, there’s a coding game for you to help you learn a bit of code. You can work in pairs or as a group if you like.
3. Celebrate! At the end of the hour, it’s time to celebrate! Light snacks will be provided at our in-person event 🙂

Additional Information

We encourage you to invite friends, families, and make this a fun community event. We’re excited to share the 42 community with you and our love of coding 🙂 We also have a pretty awesome campus.

These events are open to all ages and stages of life.

You are welcome to bring your own device if you wish.

For those coming to our in-person event on Thursday, park anywhere on our campus and follow the signs for the entrance. If you come in the wrong door, head upstairs to the second floor to join us.

May the code be with you!

Hour of Code Event

Thursday, December 7, 5:42 – 6:42pm

Join us in person for an Hour of Code at our awesome campus in Fremont! We’re a fun, creative group of coders who want to share our passion with the world. You don’t have to be a nerd, computer expert, or language expert to learn how to code. Coding is for everyone. What better way to test your perceptions about coding than to try an hour of code?!

Come alone, with friends, or as a group or family. We’ll set you up with a computer and get you connected with coding resources to help you begin an hour of code. At the end of an hour, we’ll have a little celebration. If you’re interested in learning more about 42, you’re welcome to ask for a quick tour or to chat with some of our students who are pursuing software engineering and computer programming as a career.


Virtual Hour of Code

Wednesday, December 6, 12:42 – 1:42pm

Can’t attend an in-person Hour of Code event? No worries! Join us for a virtual event. Get out your webcams and join us in virtual community for an Hour of Code.
We’ve got a couple of hosts lined up for you to direct the event. If you’ve never coded before, don’t be alarmed: we’re here to help you adventure into your first hour of code. At 42, we LOVE coding, so you’ll be among an enthusiastic bunch more than willing to help out and spread the joy 🙂

All you need is an internet connection and a computer with a web browser. Register using the link below and we’ll send you an email with an access link to our virtual webinar-style. You’ll see 42 staff on camera at 12:42pm, then the Hour of Code will begin. We’ll have instructions for you – all you need to do is turn up (virtually)!


No Experience Necessary!

You do not need any previous coding or computer experience to join us for the Hour of Code!

Open to All Ages

We believe everyone can learn to code, no matter how young or old they are. It’s like an art – everyone should try it 🙂

Fun for All

What we love about Hour of Code is that there are games and activities for everyone, so you’ll never run out of something to do.

About 42 Silicon Valley

42 Silicon Valley is an elite software engineering program in the Bay Area. We’re a disruptive educational model working to change diversity in tech, make education accessible, and eliminate the skills gap. We don’t charge tuition; we don’t have teachers, classes, or courses; admissions is based on merit; and we offer free accommodation to students who need it. Students learn code by coding. We’ve simulated the work environment as part of our program meaning students are highly effective and valuable in the workplace. We’re proud to have students at LinkedIn, Samsung, Apple’s subsidiary FileMaker, Microsoft, Scality, and more.

Learn more about our college-level program.

We also offer a high school program called HackHighSchool – a free computer programming course that runs through the academic school year.