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StudentRND Logo.png
Motto We inspire students to give coding a try.
Formation 2009[1]
Type 501(c)(3) Non-profit
Registration no. 26-4742589
Purpose STEM Education
Headquarters Seattle, Washington
Region served
Bellevue, Washington
Executive Director
Tyler Menezes
Edward Jiang
Board of Directors
Charlie Kindel, Christy Wilson, Tyler Menezes, Zaq Wiedmann, Bob Crimmins
Formerly called
Student Research and Development

StudentRND is a non-profit organization which runs multiple programs to promote STEM education for middle school, high school and college students. The organization is a non-profit corporation with IRS 501(c)(3) designation;[4] headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

According to the StudentRND website, the organization's goal is to "appeal to students with little or no programming 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",.[5] The organizations programs aim to attract students to learn coding by leveraging existing interests, which the organization claims in an effective way of creating interest in new students.[6][7]

At least 15,000 people have gone through StudentRNDs programs in 42 cities nationwide.[8] The events attract a large number of beginners, but 70% of the beginners report that they are still coding several months after attending.[9]

Attendees of StudentRND's programs are very diverse for the tech industry: 43% of CodeDay attendees are girls, 38% are from low-income communities, and 28% are minorities.[10] Industry diversity is much lower, with Google reporting only 3% minorities, and 18% women attendees.[11]


CodeDay February 2012

StudentRND created the CodeDay program, which are 24-hour programming competitions run across the US every few months, usually on long weekends.[12] The program is currently hosted in 42 cities nationwide,[13] focusing on areas traditionally underserved by tech education programs.[14]

Events are held at existing venues, typically local tech companies or co-working spaces, who provide the space for free in exchange for being listed as a sponsor. Other expenses are typically paid for by additional sponsors.[15] In exchange, sponsors are provided with recruiting opportunities.

The events run 24 hours with pitches at the beginning and presentations at the end; many students program for the entire event.[16] Students may come with pre-formed teams or form them at the event, but may not have completed work prior to the event. Aside from this restriction, the rules are much more lax than many hackathons, allowing projects of any sort in any programming language or framework. StudentRND and local volunteers promote CodeDay events at local high schools and colleges.

Events are run by local volunteers under the guidance of facilitators.[17] Organizers also contribute to an organizer guide,[18] which is provided to organizers in new cities to help promote experimentation at the events.

Past Programs[edit]


StudentRND started in 2009 as a Bellevue, Washington-based Hackerspace for students to use over the summer.[19] In 2011, the space switched from operating only over the summer, to operating year-round. StudentRND discontinued the program in December 2013, citing lack of attendance and high costs.[20]

StudentRND Labs[edit]

StudentRND has had several successful companies start at its workspace.[21][22][23][24] As a result, in 2012, StudentRND launched the second[25] incubator program for students.[26] The first class of the incubator consisted of 5 teams of high school students, and two of college students, with a total of 28 student participants.[27] The organization does not provide any funding to the teams, but does provide mentors, space, and weekly dinners with an eminent person speaking, and hosts a demo day at the end of the program.

The incubator program was continued as "StudentRND Labs" in 2013 and 2014 with less focus on business.[28] The program was shortened from 2 months to 3 weeks in 2014,[29] and then discontinued in 2015.


StudentRND is funded largely through corporate donations[30] and grants,[31] although the organization does accept individual donations.[32]

Unlike the main workspace, the events are not free, costing between $10 and $20 per student.[33] Some in the technology education field consider charging for these events controversial.[34] StudentRND also charges for its Labs program, although, like with CodeDay, they provide no-questions-asked scholarships.


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  3. ^ "StudentRND Contact Page". StudentRND. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  4. ^ "IRS Designation Letter 947" (PDF). IRS. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  5. ^ "About StudentRND". StudentRND. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  6. ^ "ISE creates bridges between youths' everyday lives and the world of science to increase interest in STEM". Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  7. ^ Olanoff, Drew (January 18, 2013). "The Problems Of Today Will Be Solved By The Minds Of Tomorrow". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
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  9. ^ "Why Does CodeDay Work?". Medium. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
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  11. ^ "Tech: Where the women and minorities aren't". USA Today. 2014-08-15. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  12. ^ Palmer, Kyle (April 30, 2012). "Watch Out Silicon Valley: Here Come the Tinkering Teens". NPR. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  13. ^ "About StudentRND". StudentRND. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  14. ^ "Coding marathon draws good turnout in Corvallis". Corvallis Gazette-Times. January 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  15. ^ "CodeDay Organizer's Guide: Getting Started". StudentRND. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  16. ^ Sharify, John (February 25, 2013). "Students in Code Heaven at CodeDay". King5. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  17. ^ "Organize a CodeDay". StudentRND. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  18. ^ "CodeDay Guide". GitHub. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  19. ^ "Getting Involved at StudentRND Over the Summer". Medium. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  20. ^ "Space, Moving On". Medium. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  21. ^ Lawler, Ryan (August 8, 2012). "YC-Backed Launches To Bring Instantaneous Live Video Streaming To The iPhone". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  22. ^ Wong, George (August 19, 2012). "StudentRND Plasma Speaker looks menacing". ubergizmo. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  23. ^ "Reis Audio". Zaarly. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  24. ^ Soper, Taylor (February 26, 2013). "StudentRND members launch Kickstarter for radiation detector, raise $13K in one week". Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  25. ^ "Teens In Tech Incubator". Teens in Tech. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  26. ^ Cook, John (March 29, 2012). "Y Combinator for high-school kids? It's students only at this new startup incubator". GeekWire. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  27. ^ Tom, Mikey (August 23, 2012). "Meet the 7 startup teams in StudentRND's summer incubator". GeekWire. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  28. ^ "StudentRND Labs". StudentRND. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  29. ^ "Schedule StudentRND Labs". StudentRND. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  30. ^ Managan, Megan (December 19, 2011). "Teenagers launch technology non-profit". Sound Publishing. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  31. ^ Mosley, Tonya (January 21, 2010). "$1 million on the line in Chase's Facebook charity contest". King5. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  32. ^ "StudentRND Donate Page". StudentRND. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  33. ^ "CodeDay Seattle Registration". StudentRND. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  34. ^ "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 

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