Learning to code allows students to change the world. We get them to take the first step.

Many organizations increase access to computer science education, but most students still don't want to learn to code, particularly the students who need it most. In fact, even when low-income schools start CS classes, only around 8% of students take interest.

StudentRND is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which solves this problem. We run events which appeal to students with little or no programing interest and, by the end of each event, show them that coding is both fun and impactful — both individually, and on the world as a whole. After attending, we support students through our large community, and through partnerships with other events.

We see dramatic improvements in students after attending our event. 80% of students with no prior interest in computer science continue programming after an event, 74% attend community tech events, and nearly a half go on to major in CS.


Several key principles, developed by building on academic research and improved through dozens of iterations, have led us to such successful programs:

  • Always hands-on.

    Fun, hands-on experiences get students talking about how fun coding is, in a way classes never can.

  • Work with existing interests.

    From artists to mathematicians, our programs show students how coding can complement their existing interests.

  • Diverse targets.

    A majority of students who are currently un-interested in coding come from backgrounds without much access to technology.

  • Inclusive community-building.

    We work to connect students across schools, cities, and demographics, to build communities which support students life-long: from learning to code through looking for jobs.

We're data-driven, delivering measurable results.

We track our impact obsessively as we work to create a better world.


  • 43,5743% girls
  • 38,6238% low-income
  • 28,7228% ethnic minorities


  • 10,000+ students attended
  • 38 cities nationwide
  • 78% of US students in service areas


  • 80,2080% continue coding
  • 74,2674% later attend tech events
  • 47,5347% major in a computer-related field

Our impact is nation-wide.

72% of US high school students are within 2 hours driving distance of StudentRND programs.

  • Seattle
  • Portland
  • Corvallis
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Los Angeles
  • Las Vegas
  • Salt Lake City
  • Phoenix
  • Boulder
  • Denver
  • Loveland
  • Austin
  • Houston
  • Dallas
  • Kansas City
  • Omaha
  • Minneapolis
  • Des Moines
  • Iowa City
  • Chicago
  • St. Louis
  • Nashville
  • Dayton
  • Atlanta
  • Detroit
  • Columbia
  • Boston
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pittsburgh
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington DC
  • Orlando
  • Miami
  • Boca Raton

We're managed by a world-class team.

Our team brings years of experience in education, non-profits, and the tech space.

  • Tyler Menezes Executive Director

    In addition to his experience at the head of a Y Combinator-backed tech startup, Tyler brings several years of experience teaching CS in high schools.

    Before becoming Executive Director, Tyler worked as the Program Director for StudentRND. For his work with StudentRND, he's been named one of the top 30 under 30 in the Seattle area.

  • Edward Jiang Board of Directors

    The original founder of StudentRND, Edward served as its Executive Director until early 2014. He currently heads Business Development at PadMapper.

  • Christy Wilson Board of Directors

    Christy brings years of non-profit experience from her time as the founder of Splunk4Good, Splunk's charitable arm.

    While at Splunk, she also served as the VP of Product Operations and Engineering, and is currently the VP of Operations at ContextRelevant.

  • Charlie Kindel Board of Directors

    Charlie is the Director of Product for Amazon Alexa and Echo. He was previously the General Manager of Windows Phone.

  • Zaq Wiedmann Board of Directors

    In addition to working to develop much of the early curriculum and pedagogy of CodeDay, Zaq has been one of the organization's earliest volunteers. He works as an Engineer at Tune.