How a single mom of four switched careers to land a six-figure salary

After separating from her husband in June, single mom Shannon Lance found herself suddenly needing to earn enough to support four children. Lance began her job search after completing an intensive 14-week program with Washington-based Coding Dojo. Just six days after beginning her job hunt, Lance secured a six-figure offer from travel expenses firm SAP Concur. “I was (previously) a teacher and had a bunch of professional experience that gave me soft skills which helped land the job,” she said. H


After separating from her husband in June, single mom Shannon Lance found herself suddenly needing to earn enough to support four children. Lance began her job search after completing an intensive 14-week program with Washington-based Coding Dojo. Just six days after beginning her job hunt, Lance secured a six-figure offer from travel expenses firm SAP Concur. “I was (previously) a teacher and had a bunch of professional experience that gave me soft skills which helped land the job,” she said. H
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How a single mom of four switched careers to land a six-figure salary

After separating from her husband in June, single mom Shannon Lance found herself suddenly needing to earn enough to support four children. “I have a teaching degree but (teaching) won’t pay the bills for a family of five – it’s just not an option,” she told CNBC. “I thought about nursing, but the biggest drawback was that it required going back to school for two years to get another degree – I didn’t have two years, I have kids and bills to pay.” Despite being a self-confessed technophobe, Lance decided to learn computer coding after a suggestion from her brother-in-law, taking the plunge into an entirely new career path. Lance began her job search after completing an intensive 14-week program with Washington-based Coding Dojo. Just six days after beginning her job hunt, Lance secured a six-figure offer from travel expenses firm SAP Concur. In an interview with CNBC, she shared her tips on achieving success in a new career.

Value your ‘soft skills’

Although a career change can set you back in terms of direct industry experience, Lance urged others not to underestimate the value of basic core capabilities that appeal to employers — like strong communication or leadership skills. “I was (previously) a teacher and had a bunch of professional experience that gave me soft skills which helped land the job,” she said. “(That was) combined with having just coming out of a great program which gave me all the right tech skills.”

Be willing to learn

As well as considering how your skillset could be transferred to a new industry, Lance told CNBC that having the right attitude was a real asset when it came to landing a job with no direct experience. She said she was upfront about what she could and couldn’t do, taking the approach: “I don’t know a lot about it, but I do know a little bit – and I’m willing to learn more.” According to Lance, embracing those knowledge gaps and showcasing a desire for self-improvement could be just as valuable as experience to some employers. “For the job I got, the company was starting a new team that would be using new technology, so we’d all be learning whether they hired somebody with experience or not,” she said. “They wanted people who were capable of learning quickly and who could work and learn under pressure. Going through Coding Dojo proved I had those capabilities and that desire to keep learning.”

Work your own way

Although Lance didn’t feel intellectually limited while learning to code, she said comparing her own pace of work to others’ sometimes led to unnecessary frustration and could impact her confidence. “One challenge was the amount of time it took to get through everything. I don’t think I had trouble with the actual program, but I didn’t have any tech background, so every assignment would take me one and a half times as long as everyone else,” she told CNBC. “Some of the people in my group had played on computers since they were 12 — so the assignments only took 20 to 30 minutes for them to complete.” She said it was important to find your own way to get work done, rather than sticking to the chronological or seemingly “correct” method. Her coding program was organized into three sections, and when she initially attempted to do each assignment in order, Lance found herself falling behind. “I’d have to skip forward and go back again – that’s not a good strategy,” she said. Instead, she got through all of the reading and learning materials for each topic before attempting to complete an assignment. “Make sure you do the reading and homework way before you start struggling with (graded assignments and technical work),” she said. “And make sure you allow yourself enough time outside of class to get stuff done.” Lance also advised those considering a career change not to overestimate their own academic ability. “I was pretty good in school and didn’t have to study a lot,” she said. “I went into Coding Dojo thinking I could get it done quicker, underestimating how much time it would consume. (You have to let it) take as long as it takes.”

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Meet the 10-year-old coder grabbing the attention of Google, Microsoft and Michelle Obama

But she also stands out from other 10-year-olds — Mehta is the CEO, founder and inventor of CoderBunnyz, a board game that teaches players as young as 4 basic coding concepts. Players draw and move their bunny piece along the board with the goal of eating carrots and hopping to their final destination. “CoderBunnyz will basically teach you all the concepts you ever need in computer programming,” Mehta tells CNBC Make It. Since inventing CoderBunnyz, Mehta also invented a second game called Coder


But she also stands out from other 10-year-olds — Mehta is the CEO, founder and inventor of CoderBunnyz, a board game that teaches players as young as 4 basic coding concepts. Players draw and move their bunny piece along the board with the goal of eating carrots and hopping to their final destination. “CoderBunnyz will basically teach you all the concepts you ever need in computer programming,” Mehta tells CNBC Make It. Since inventing CoderBunnyz, Mehta also invented a second game called Coder
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Meet the 10-year-old coder grabbing the attention of Google, Microsoft and Michelle Obama

Scroll through Samaira Mehta’s Instagram and you’ll see that she is a lot like other kids her age. She posts about having a lemonade stand, going swimming and doing the “In My Feelings” dance challenge. But she also stands out from other 10-year-olds — Mehta is the CEO, founder and inventor of CoderBunnyz, a board game that teaches players as young as 4 basic coding concepts. Players draw and move their bunny piece along the board with the goal of eating carrots and hopping to their final destination. “CoderBunnyz will basically teach you all the concepts you ever need in computer programming,” Mehta tells CNBC Make It. “There’s the very basic concepts like sequencing and conditionals to more advanced concepts like loops, functions, stack, queue, lists, parallelism, inheritance and many others.” Mehta says she first conceptualized the board game when she was “about 6-and-a-half, maybe 7,” after her father, an engineer who serves as an official adviser for the company, started teaching her how to code. As she researched learning materials for first-time coders, Mehta noticed there was an opening in the market for a product that helped young people pick up programming.

Samaira Mehta

She started by sketching how she wanted the game to be designed. Then, with the help of her family, she connected with graphic designers and game manufacturers in China and New Zealand. After exchanging dozens of emails, Mehta settled on a product that she says she’s very proud of. “My family is very much involved in my business,” she says. Her mother oversees marketing and social media for CoderBunnyz and her little brother tests the games. Since inventing CoderBunnyz, Mehta also invented a second game called CoderMindz, a coding-based artificial intelligence (AI) board game that teachers basic AI concepts using the Java programming language. “I’m really passionate about coding,” says the budding entrepreneur. “I want the kids to be the same way, because coding is the future and coding is what the world will depend on in the next 10 to 15 years. So if kids learn to code now, [when] they grow up they can think of coding maybe as a career option.” So far, Mehta says her company has generated about $200,000 in revenue since April 2018 and sold about 6,000 games. She says she is reinvesting that money in the company, saving for college and donating to charities that address homelessness in her community.

CoderBunnyz

At first, Mehta sold the board games through her website and stored the games in her garage. “We used to pack every order we got,” she says. “And when it started building up, and we started getting more orders, we were not able to fulfill that many, so we were seeing if we could get it on Amazon, and luckily within almost just the first year, we got it on Amazon.” Today, Mehta has a team that helps package the games and Amazon helps fulfill shipping. The business venture has taken Mehta to schools, libraries and companies like Facebook, Microsoft and Intel, where she has held workshops for employers and their kids about how to get young people involved with coding.


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Meet the 28-year-old who wants building computers and coding to be as easy as playing with Lego

Alex Klein is not your everyday tech entrepreneur. The 28-year-old founder of start-up Kano Computing started out as a journalist interested in politics and economics, writing for the likes of The Daily Beast, New York Magazine, The New Republic and The Times of London. That experience of unearthing stories hidden in the underbelly of politics, business and finance, he says, was equally applicable to the obfuscated world of technology. Klein set up London-headquartered Kano, which sells do-it-yo


Alex Klein is not your everyday tech entrepreneur. The 28-year-old founder of start-up Kano Computing started out as a journalist interested in politics and economics, writing for the likes of The Daily Beast, New York Magazine, The New Republic and The Times of London. That experience of unearthing stories hidden in the underbelly of politics, business and finance, he says, was equally applicable to the obfuscated world of technology. Klein set up London-headquartered Kano, which sells do-it-yo
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Meet the 28-year-old who wants building computers and coding to be as easy as playing with Lego

Alex Klein is not your everyday tech entrepreneur.

The 28-year-old founder of start-up Kano Computing started out as a journalist interested in politics and economics, writing for the likes of The Daily Beast, New York Magazine, The New Republic and The Times of London.

That experience of unearthing stories hidden in the underbelly of politics, business and finance, he says, was equally applicable to the obfuscated world of technology.

“There’s always this hunger to look inside and this hunger to get the real story and peel back the layers of the onion and get the truth, even when people might obscure and throw buzzwords at you,” Klein told CNBC in an interview.

His line of thinking is that the devices and apps we use on a daily basis — from Apple’s iPhone to Facebook’s social media platform — are built with the intention that a consumer will use them, instead of giving someone the chance to have a say about how those devices and apps work and what functions are built into them.

Klein set up London-headquartered Kano, which sells do-it-yourself computer kits, in January 2013, alongside his cousin Saul Klein and fellow entrepreneur Yonatan Raz-Fridman. Its products are primarily targeted at children, the idea being that anyone — whether they’re five years old or 50 — can learn how to put together their own computer and code.


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‘Sesame Street’ has a venture fund, and it’s investing in a start-up that wants to simplify coding for kids

A venture fund formed by the company behind the beloved TV show “Sesame Street” has invested in a start-up that wants computer building and coding to return to the forefront of consumer technology. Kano, known for its do-it-yourself computer building kits for kids, said that it had bagged the funding from Sesame Ventures, the social-minded venture arm of Sesame Workshop, to help it fuel growth and work on new products. The investment was part of a $28 million funding round Kano scored last year,


A venture fund formed by the company behind the beloved TV show “Sesame Street” has invested in a start-up that wants computer building and coding to return to the forefront of consumer technology. Kano, known for its do-it-yourself computer building kits for kids, said that it had bagged the funding from Sesame Ventures, the social-minded venture arm of Sesame Workshop, to help it fuel growth and work on new products. The investment was part of a $28 million funding round Kano scored last year,
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‘Sesame Street’ has a venture fund, and it’s investing in a start-up that wants to simplify coding for kids

A venture fund formed by the company behind the beloved TV show “Sesame Street” has invested in a start-up that wants computer building and coding to return to the forefront of consumer technology.

Kano, known for its do-it-yourself computer building kits for kids, said that it had bagged the funding from Sesame Ventures, the social-minded venture arm of Sesame Workshop, to help it fuel growth and work on new products.

The investment was part of a $28 million funding round Kano scored last year, however the companies did not disclose how much has been poured into the start-up in this latest injection of cash.

Alex Klein, Kano’s chief executive and co-founder, said on Friday that the firm’s aim was to help children and people of all ages understand how the technology they use every day works, instead of just consuming it much in the way that people use platforms like Facebook and Netflix.

“We see dozens of hours of engagement, actually a level of engagement especially in the first month which rivals Snapchat,” Klein told CNBC over the phone. “What people are doing on Kano is not just using applications like Whatsapp or Wikipedia or Minecraft but remaking them and sharing their own versions of them.”


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How this coding bootcamp is helping women land tech jobs at Reddit, Facebook and Amazon

In 1995, women made up 37 percent of the computing workforce, according to a study by Girls Who Code and Accenture. One company making constant progress towards a more gender inclusive tech workforce is the all-female San Francisco-based coding bootcamp Hackbright Academy. Founded in 2012, Hackbright’s mission is to provide women from diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to launch careers in tech through their software engineering program. Unlike other popular coding organizations, like Girl


In 1995, women made up 37 percent of the computing workforce, according to a study by Girls Who Code and Accenture. One company making constant progress towards a more gender inclusive tech workforce is the all-female San Francisco-based coding bootcamp Hackbright Academy. Founded in 2012, Hackbright’s mission is to provide women from diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to launch careers in tech through their software engineering program. Unlike other popular coding organizations, like Girl
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How this coding bootcamp is helping women land tech jobs at Reddit, Facebook and Amazon

In 1995, women made up 37 percent of the computing workforce, according to a study by Girls Who Code and Accenture. Today, that number has dropped to 24 percent, and it’s predicted to fall to 22 percent by 2025 if nothing is done to diversify tech’s talent pipeline.

One company making constant progress towards a more gender inclusive tech workforce is the all-female San Francisco-based coding bootcamp Hackbright Academy.

Founded in 2012, Hackbright’s mission is to provide women from diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to launch careers in tech through their software engineering program. Unlike other popular coding organizations, like Girls Who Code, which targets young women in grades K-12, Hackbright’s goal is to help working adult women transition into the tech industry.

So far, they have helped more than 700 women land jobs at leading tech companies like Facebook, Reddit, Amazon and LinkedIn.


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Google awarded this teenager $36,000 for finding a security flaw

Ezequiel Pereira was about a month shy of 17 when he first got paid for exposing a Google security flaw through its bug bounty program. In 2016, Google flew him to its California headquarters after he won a coding contest. His sporadic poking around has finally paid off in a big way: Google just awarded the Uruguayan teenager $36,337 for finding a vulnerability that would have allowed him to make changes to internal company systems. “I found something almost immediately that was worth $500 and i


Ezequiel Pereira was about a month shy of 17 when he first got paid for exposing a Google security flaw through its bug bounty program. In 2016, Google flew him to its California headquarters after he won a coding contest. His sporadic poking around has finally paid off in a big way: Google just awarded the Uruguayan teenager $36,337 for finding a vulnerability that would have allowed him to make changes to internal company systems. “I found something almost immediately that was worth $500 and i
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Google awarded this teenager $36,000 for finding a security flaw

Ezequiel Pereira was about a month shy of 17 when he first got paid for exposing a Google security flaw through its bug bounty program.

Pereira got his first computer when he was 10, took an initial programming class when he was 11 and then spent years teaching himself different coding languages and techniques. In 2016, Google flew him to its California headquarters after he won a coding contest.

His sporadic poking around has finally paid off in a big way: Google just awarded the Uruguayan teenager $36,337 for finding a vulnerability that would have allowed him to make changes to internal company systems.

“I found something almost immediately that was worth $500 and it just felt so amazing,” Pereira told CNBC. “So I decided to just keep trying ever since then.”

Although Pereira found the bug earlier this year, he only just got permission to write about how he discovered it this week, after Google confirmed that it had fixed the issue.

It marks Pereira’s fifth accepted bug, but it’s by far his most lucrative.

“It feels really good — I’m glad that I found something that was so important,” he said.

In February, Pereira started college for computer engineering in his hometown of Montevideo. When he’s finished with his homework and doesn’t feel like hanging out with friends or watching videos, he’ll whip out his computer and start hunting.


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Google CEO Sundar Pichai: Coding isn’t the only tech skill you need

So says the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai. While education and workplace training for an automated future has focused largely on coding, there will be many jobs that depend on softer tech skills, Pichai says in an essay published Thursday on NBCNews.com. “In the past, people were educated, and learned job skills, and that was enough for a lifetime. There need to be training programs for workers to learn these skills, says Pichai. All this is not to undermine the importance of coding, but to sugge


So says the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai. While education and workplace training for an automated future has focused largely on coding, there will be many jobs that depend on softer tech skills, Pichai says in an essay published Thursday on NBCNews.com. “In the past, people were educated, and learned job skills, and that was enough for a lifetime. There need to be training programs for workers to learn these skills, says Pichai. All this is not to undermine the importance of coding, but to sugge
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai: Coding isn't the only tech skill you need

If you don’t know how to code, fret not, you can still have a successful career in a tech-powered job.

So says the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai.

While education and workplace training for an automated future has focused largely on coding, there will be many jobs that depend on softer tech skills, Pichai says in an essay published Thursday on NBCNews.com.

“When you think of how to help our workforce thrive and find opportunities in the digital world, the first word that often comes to mind is ‘code.’ Nearly every digital-skills program over the past decade has focused on computer science, with a lot of emphasis on young students,” says Pichai.

“But the focus on code has left a potentially bigger opportunity largely unexplored.”

Softer-skilled, mid-level jobs are being rapidly digitized and automated and training needs to stay nimble and be a constant through your career, Pichai says.

“In the past, people were educated, and learned job skills, and that was enough for a lifetime. Now, with technology changing rapidly and new job areas emerging and transforming constantly, that’s no longer the case,” says Pichai.

“We need to focus on making lightweight, continuous education widely available. This is just as crucial to making sure that everyone can find opportunities in the future workplace.”

Office admins, for example, today need a robust cadre of digital skills. They schedule and take care of budgeting and accounting online. There need to be training programs for workers to learn these skills, says Pichai. And they don’t need to be formal degree programs.

“The digital skills necessary to do these jobs are far easier to learn than code, and should be easier to deliver at scale,” says Pichai, who points to a November 2017 Brookings Institute report showing jobs with “medium-digital” skills in America have grown from 40 percent of jobs in 2002 to 48 percent of jobs in 2016.

Another job tech-powered job category that doesn’t require the ability to code but that does require some amount of technical education is IT support, says Pichai.

“IT support is a clear opportunity, here. Just as anyone has a clear path to becoming an auto-mechanic, we need a similar path to the 150,000 open positions for IT support, in which people maintain the machines and software that underpin technology services. Yet no training today efficiently connects people to that opportunity,” says Pichai.

All this is not to undermine the importance of coding, but to suggest there is another, parallel track for tech skills training critical to getting the workforce ready for the future.

“Moving beyond code and intensive degrees to these constant, lightweight and ubiquitous forms of education will take resources and experimentation,” writes Pichai. “We should make sure that the next generation of jobs are good jobs, in every sense. Rather than thinking of education as the opening act, we need to make sure it’s a constant, natural and simple act across life — with lightweight, flexible courses, skills and programs available to everyone.”

Read Pichai’s full essay here.

See also:

Mark Cuban: The world’s first trillionaire will be an artificial intelligence entrepreneur

A high schooler interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook — and he told her his secret to success

Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘Don’t work for money … you will never be happy’


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Apple announces $350 billion investment, 20k jobs over 5 years

The plan calls for Apple to keep up 2018’s $55 billion “supercycle” spending rate with domestic suppliers and manufacturers. Apple, already the largest US taxpayer, anticipates repatriation tax payments of approximately $38 billion as required by recent changes to the tax law. The iOS app economy has created more than 1.6 million jobs in the US and generated $5 billion in revenue for American app developers in 2017. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch a


The plan calls for Apple to keep up 2018’s $55 billion “supercycle” spending rate with domestic suppliers and manufacturers. Apple, already the largest US taxpayer, anticipates repatriation tax payments of approximately $38 billion as required by recent changes to the tax law. The iOS app economy has created more than 1.6 million jobs in the US and generated $5 billion in revenue for American app developers in 2017. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch a
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Apple announces $350 billion investment, 20k jobs over 5 years

The announcement raises the bar for the world’s most valuable company — now a huge driver of the economy — to continue its dominance and growth in the wake of political pressure on big tech companies. The plan calls for Apple to keep up 2018’s $55 billion “supercycle” spending rate with domestic suppliers and manufacturers.

“We have a deep sense of responsibility to give back to our country and the people who help make our success possible,” Cook said in a statement.

In 2016, then president-elect Donald Trump publicly called out Apple’s reliance on its Chinese supply chain, telling The New York Times that he would “get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States.”

Apple shares were up about half a percent after the announcement, adding about $5.6 billion to the company’s market capitalization after the stock opened Wednesday’s trading session down 0.3 percent.

Here’s the full release:

Apple today announced a new set of investments to build on its commitment to support the American economy and its workforce, concentrated in three areas where Apple has had the greatest impact on job creation: direct employment by Apple, spending and investment with Apple’s domestic suppliers and manufacturers, and fueling the fast-growing app economy which Apple created with iPhone(R) and the App Store(R). Apple is already responsible for creating and supporting over 2 million jobs across the United States and expects to generate even more jobs as a result of the initiatives being announced today.

Combining new investments and Apple’s current pace of spending with domestic suppliers and manufacturers — an estimated $55 billion for 2018 — Apple’s direct contribution to the US economy will be more than $350 billion over the next five years, not including Apple’s ongoing tax payments, the tax revenues generated from employees’ wages and the sale of Apple products.

Planned capital expenditures in the US, investments in American manufacturing over five years and a record tax payment upon repatriation of overseas profits will account for approximately $75 billion of Apple’s direct contribution.

“Apple is a success story that could only have happened in America, and we are proud to build on our long history of support for the US economy, ” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We believe deeply in the power of American ingenuity, and we are focusing our investments in areas where we can have a direct impact on job creation and job preparedness. We have a deep sense of responsibility to give back to our country and the people who help make our success possible.”

Apple, already the largest US taxpayer, anticipates repatriation tax payments of approximately $38 billion as required by recent changes to the tax law. A payment of that size would likely be the largest of its kind ever made.

Growing Apple’s US Operations

Apple expects to invest over $30 billion in capital expenditures in the US over the next five years and create over 20,000 new jobs through hiring at existing campuses and opening a new one. Apple already employs 84,000 people in all 50 states.

The company plans to establish an Apple campus in a new location, which will initially house technical support for customers. The location of this new facility will be announced later in the year.

Over $10 billion of Apple’s expanded capital expenditures will be investments in data centers across the US. Over the last decade, Apple has invested billions of dollars in data centers and co-located facilities in seven US states, including North Carolina, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and a recently announced project in Iowa.

Today, Apple is breaking ground on a new facility in downtown Reno, which will support its existing Nevada facilities.

All of Apple’s US facilities, including offices, retail stores and data centers, are powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources like solar, wind and micro-hydro power, which Apple generates or purchases from local projects. The new campus announced today will also be powered entirely by green energy.

Investing in Apple’s Domestic Suppliers and Manufacturing Partners

Building on the initial success of the Advanced Manufacturing Fund announced last spring, Apple is increasing the size of the fund from $1 billion to $5 billion. The fund was established to support innovation among American manufacturers and help others establish a presence in the US. It is already backing projects with leading manufacturers in Kentucky and rural Texas.

Apple works with over 9,000 American suppliers — large and small businesses in all 50 states — and each of Apple’s core products relies on parts or materials made in the US or provided by US-based suppliers.

Preparing Students for the App Economy

Apple, which has a 40-year history in education, also plans to accelerate its efforts across the US in support of coding education as well as programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM).

The iOS app economy has created more than 1.6 million jobs in the US and generated $5 billion in revenue for American app developers in 2017. With demand for coding skills stronger than ever, today there are more than 500,000 unfilled programming-related positions across the country, and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million more software development jobs than applicants qualified to fill them.(1)

To address the coding skills gap and help prepare more people for jobs in software development, Apple created a powerful yet easy-to-learn coding language called Swift(TM), the free Swift Playgrounds(TM) app and a free curriculum, App Development with Swift, which are available to anyone and are already being used by millions of students at K-12 schools, summer camps and leading community colleges across the country. Over 100,000 students and teachers have also attended coding classes at Apple retail stores.

Apple will expand these initiatives and add new programs to support teachers and teacher training. The company is also increasing funding for its ConnectED program, so students in historically underserved communities have a chance to learn app coding skills and enjoy other benefits of technology in the classroom.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

(1)According to code.org, there are currently 503,338 open computing jobs nationwide.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include without limitation those about Apple’s plans for future investments and expansion, taxes, Apple’s plans for managing its cash balances, and repatriation of overseas cash. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. More information regarding potential risks and other factors that could affect Apple’s financial results is included in Apple’s filings with the SEC, including in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of Apple’s most recently filed periodic reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and subsequent filings. Apple assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.


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CMS didn’t fix billing issue, possibly costing taxpayers $102 million

However, on another type of list in that classification system, Kwashiorkor alone had the 260 designation. In 2006, about 11,000 Medicare claims included diagnosis code 260. The discrepancy in the coding classifications was corrected in 2015, with the issuance of a new coding system, known as ICD-10. It said the IG’s office had obtained repayment of $5.68 million from the hospitals found to have improperly billed Medicare using the 260 code. CMS has asked the AHA to publish additional coding gui


However, on another type of list in that classification system, Kwashiorkor alone had the 260 designation. In 2006, about 11,000 Medicare claims included diagnosis code 260. The discrepancy in the coding classifications was corrected in 2015, with the issuance of a new coding system, known as ICD-10. It said the IG’s office had obtained repayment of $5.68 million from the hospitals found to have improperly billed Medicare using the 260 code. CMS has asked the AHA to publish additional coding gui
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CMS didn't fix billing issue, possibly costing taxpayers $102 million

Kwashiorkor has a higher level of severity — meaning hospitals could get paid more for treating patients with that disease. Other, less severe forms of malnutrition or protein deficiency were paid at a lower rate.

But it turned out that the same code number — 260 — was assigned to both Kwashiorkor and to less severe forms of malnutritions on one list that was part of the international coding classification that is a key tool for for billing. However, on another type of list in that classification system, Kwashiorkor alone had the 260 designation.

“Even though CMS was aware of the discrepancy, it did not take any separate action to address it,” the inspector general’s report said.

“CMS did not have adequate policies and procedures in place to address this discrepancy.”

Thousands of hospitals submitted claims with a 260 code for a patient suffering from malnutrition, but not from Kwashiorkor. In many of those cases, the IG’s office said, hospitals received more money than they were entitled to from Medicare because the system was assuming the patient had Kwashiorkor given the diagnosis code submitted.

In 2006, about 11,000 Medicare claims included diagnosis code 260.

Over the next three years, after CMS implemented the new system, “the number of claims that included diagnosis code 260 rose to approximately 45,000” for 2009, according to the IG’s office.

There was a sharp drop-off in the number of claims with that code after 2009, when the American Hospital Association published a guidance noting that the 260 code should be used for Kwashiorkor only. But the IG’s office found there still were many cases after 2009 of improper use of the code.

The discrepancy in the coding classifications was corrected in 2015, with the issuance of a new coding system, known as ICD-10.

The IG’s office said it reviewed 4,393 patient claims with 260 codes from the years 2010 through 2015 at 25 hospitals. For 2,248 of those claims, removing the 260 code had no effect in the payment amount the hospitals would have received or in the severity designation for the claim.

For the remaining 2,145 claims, all but one claim incorrectly included the diagnosis code for Kwashiorkor, resulting in overpayments of $6.03 million, the IG’s office said.

“We determined that all of the providers should have used codes for other forms of malnutrition or no malnutrition code at all instead of using the diagnosis cost 260,” the report said.

It said the IG’s office had obtained repayment of $5.68 million from the hospitals found to have improperly billed Medicare using the 260 code.

But “we estimate that Medicare could have saved approximately $102 million from [2006 through 2014] if the coding discrepancy had been immediately corrected,” the report said.

A spokesman for CMS noted, in response to a request for comment from CNBC, that the agency had concurred with the IG office’s recommendations in the report.

CMS has asked the AHA to publish additional coding guidance on the use of the Kwashiorkor diagnosis code to address the incorrect use of the code by some health-care providers.

“We are also working with the AHA and doctors to provide more education on appropriate use and how it is filed in their medical claims for payment,” CMS said.


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Microsoft and GitHub bet that software programmers will want to work with a buddy

Microsoft and privately held GitHub on Wednesday are separately unveiling tools that will make it easier for programmers to pair up and get work done together. Pair programming, a concept that goes back decades, is a controversial subject in the world of software development because not all developers are comfortable with having others see them do their work. But pair programming can help organizations keep projects ticking along if one person leaves the company or takes breaks, since the other


Microsoft and privately held GitHub on Wednesday are separately unveiling tools that will make it easier for programmers to pair up and get work done together. Pair programming, a concept that goes back decades, is a controversial subject in the world of software development because not all developers are comfortable with having others see them do their work. But pair programming can help organizations keep projects ticking along if one person leaves the company or takes breaks, since the other
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Microsoft and GitHub bet that software programmers will want to work with a buddy

Microsoft and privately held GitHub on Wednesday are separately unveiling tools that will make it easier for programmers to pair up and get work done together.

Pair programming, a concept that goes back decades, is a controversial subject in the world of software development because not all developers are comfortable with having others see them do their work.

But pair programming can help organizations keep projects ticking along if one person leaves the company or takes breaks, since the other person on the team will be familiar with the current state of the project. Pairs may also find mistakes more efficiently by switching between coding and checking their partner’s work. Other benefits include on-the-job training (by pairing experienced programmers with newbies), team-building and brainstorming.

The new technologies from Microsoft and GitHub call to mind the real-time collaboration features of Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google’s G Suite — but here Microsoft and GitHub are making sure developers will be able to use the new tools in the coding environments they’re used to rather than forcing them to use unfamiliar applications.

With Microsoft’s Visual Studio Live Share tool, developers will be able to use their own text editors or integrated development environments while collaborating. Developers will be able to install GitHub’s new Teletype package for use with the start-up’s open-source Atom text editor, but GitHub is also releasing software libraries that will let people build systems to enable collaboration in other programs.

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, is demonstrating Visual Studio Live Share on Wednesday at the company’s online Connect conference. “When we show it, it’s going to set the developer world on fire with excitement,” Guthrie said in a media briefing earlier this month.

The introductions come about a year and a half after public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services acquired Cloud9, a start-up with a cloud-based development environment where people can collaborate. And earlier this year, Red Hat acquired start-up Codenvy, whose tool can be run as a cloud service or in companies’ on-premises data centers.

Nathan Sobo teamed up with other developers in person every day during his time at Pivotal Labs — one of a few companies known to use pair programming — before joining GitHub, where he works on Atom.

“I just absorbed so much knowledge and got so much out of those few years that I worked in that style, that synchronous collaboration, working together at same time with someone, where you’re actually discussing what you should name that method, rather than getting feedback … three days later,” he said.

Sobo said that even he has his moments when he doesn’t want a very social coding experience — but he said he contributed to the Teletype feature with an eye toward making something he would want to use on a daily basis.


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