Codemoji delivers emojis with new purpose, enabling them to become teaching tools of the future.
Emojis are small digital expressions that enable people to convey their feelings with one another via technology. They’re fun, quick, silly, and easy to use in the age where social media dominates time consumption. Eventually, a few college students got the idea of reinventing coding using emojis, giving a brand purpose for Emojis in society. To pave the way for the technologically advanced future, startup Codemoji teaches young children (K-8) basic coding principles using Emojis.
Livio Bolzon from Northwestern University founded Codemoji as a junior at Lindenwood University with the goal to help others in “creating, building, and mastering the fundamentals of code” and tackling the lack of computer science opportunities in the current educational school system. Major problems that hinder kids from learning programming include outdated equipment and a lack of resources, something which Codemoji is trying to overcome. Inspired by the unique universality qualities of the popular “emoji” and finding similarities between emojis and coding such as their disregard to age, gender, and ethnicity, Bolzon set out to found Codemoji.
Since 2016, Codemoji has accumulated over 150,000 students within 2 years and has competed in numerous startup competitions such as the Red Eye “Big Idea” Award competition and Student Startup Madness. They have also been used to provide content for the National “Hour of Code” annual event and has partnerships with the Chicago Public School system.
As Codemoji grows, plans are being made to shift the business model towards a “freemium” model in order to keep up with expansion and allowing for kids all over to have the opportunity to partake in the basics of coding. So far Codemoji’s platform has programming language modules in HTML, CSS, Java Script, and is working to expand into offering “hardware puzzles” along with more coding to come.
To learn more about Codemoji, visit their website in the link below.