It all started with a crush on Al Gore. Finnish programmer Linda Liukas had a crush on the man when she was a teenager and learned HTML and CSS so she could build him a fan page. That ignited her passion for coding and a decade later she’s launched a kickstarter for Hello Ruby, the book that teaches kids to code.
She reached her $10K goal within hours of launching and has now passed the $200,000 mark with 22 days to go until the campaign ends. Stretch goals have been announced, and met, with the next one at $250,000 adding in a third book.
Luikas is also the co-founder of Rail Girls which is a non-profit aiming to make technology and programming skills accessible to young women. Her goal with Hello Ruby is similar. She hopes the story will both entertain and inspire kids to look at programming with a new eye towards its creative possibilities.
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