Milwaukee, WI

MKE Hour of Code

Presented by the MKE Tech Hub Coalition and powered by Newaukee

Event Details:

Demonstrating a regional commitment to local tech talent development


Save the Date!

The MKE Tech Hub Coalition is inviting area companies, nonprofit organizations and schools to participate in a regional challenge of teaching an hour of code to local students during Computer Science Week: December 7–13, 2020.

The Why

Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week and is a global campaign to celebrate and expand STEM learning opportunities for students. 

As part of the MKE Tech Hub Coalition’s commitment to advancing Milwaukee as a region for technology, business and talent development, we are proud to partner with the local business, education and non-profit communities on MKE Hour of Code. The MKE Tech Hub Coalition wants students to understand the opportunities available in our city and see themselves as a valuable part of the #MKETech ecosystem. Tech is embedded in all of our key industries and has become a foundational skill set to stay competitive in the future of work.

The MKE Tech Hub Coalition is a member of CSforAll. CSforALL’s mission is to make high-quality computer science an integral part of the educational experience of all K-12 students and teachers and to support student pathways to college and career success.  

While there are state guidelines for access to computing and related disciplines as part of any high quality STEM education program, there is currently no overarching state strategy or dedicated funding to ensure that this occurs. Consequently, many students will never experience computing or understand it’s value in relation to the future of work. 

By joining the MKE Tech Hub Coalition’s regional MKE Hour of Code initiative, you help spread the message to students that there is a community invested in their development and a place for them in our region.

Our Goal

As part of’s global Hour of Code initiative, our mission is to serve STEM awareness and education opportunities to as many K-12 students in the Greater Milwaukee Area as possible. Our goal is to sustain a minimum of 5000 Hours of Code despite the COVID-19 pandemic with the active support of Coalition members and the greater MKE community at large.

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty due to COVID-19. Please don’t let it impact your plans to participate. We are providing guidelines on how to run activities virtually. In our pursuit of tech equity in the region, we must come together to ensure all students feel supported by their community.

How to Participate

  1. Simply sign up at the link below. Anyone can participate – companies, schools, nonprofit organizations and more! You do not need to be a technologist to volunteer – and Code with Google offer turnkey, off-the-shelf curriculum for all age levels.
  2. Download the 2020 virtual toolkit for help as you plan your Hour of Code, or use resources available on or Code with Google.
  3. Host your event(s) during Computer Science Week (December 7-13, 2020.)
  4. Share about your experience on social media using #MKEHourofCode.
  5. Take our follow-up survey and stay connected to continue growing this initiative!

Sign Up →

Participating Organizations

Advanced Hires
Advocate Aurora Health
• Ascension
Brown Dog Gadgets
Ever-Green Energy
• eXperience It 3D
GalaxE Solutions
GE Healthcare
Godfrey & Kahn S.C.
Landmark Credit Union
MacGregor Partners
Mars Solutions Group
• Molson Coors
Northwestern Mutual
• Rising Tide Analytics
Sabhya Technologies
• Talimer
• Virtual United
West Bend Mutual Insurance
Young Enterprising Society

88Nine Radio Milwaukee
Beyond STEM
• COA Youth and Family Centers
Discovery World
Gearbox Labs, Inc.
Islands of Brilliance
• Microsoft TEALS
• MKE Tech Hub Coalition
NCWIT Wisconsin
SHARP Literacy
STEM Forward

Higher Education
Marquette University Opus College of Engineering 
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute

• Carmen Schools (Stellar Elementary)
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee
• Elmbrook Schools (Burleigh Elementary School)
• Kenosha Unified School District (KTEC – Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum)
Milwaukee Academy of Science
• Milwaukee Public Schools (Audubon High School, Forest Home Avenue School, Golda MeirHamilton High School,NOVA High School, Washington High School of Information Technology)
• New Berlin School District
• Oconomowoc Area School District (Oconomowoc High School)
• St. Francis School District (Deer Creek Intermediate SchoolSt. Francis High School)
TransCenter for Youth
• Wauwatosa School District (Longfellow Middle School)
• Whitefish Bay School District (Whitefish Bay High School)
• Whitnall School District (Whitnall Middle School)


  • August:
    • Advanced registration for all participating companies, schools and nonprofits
  • September:
    • Assemble your volunteer teams
    • Coordinate with school(s) and volunteers
    • Select the date/time of your activity
  • October:
    • Plan your activity
  • November:
    • Prepare/train/onboard volunteers
    • Promote your activity internally and/or externally
  • December:
    • Execute your activity during MKE Hour of Code
    • Share the results

What's New for 2020

  • Guidance for Virtual Events: Download our 2020 virtual toolkit for help as you plan.
  • Academic and Career Planning resources focused on ‘Technological Literacy’: What it means and why students should care. If your district has developed something already, please let us know if you are willing to share it at
    • Interested in how to implement a comprehensive plan for technological literacy in your district?  Check out this case study in the School District of New Berlin.  Thank you to their leadership team for sharing all of this great information with participating districts.
  • Signature ‘Milwaukee’ Projects: If you are a community partner interested in developing an activity based on but reflective of something purely MKE, please let us know by sending an email to  These projects will be made available to all participants with recognition for the organization who provided it.

What's Next After the MKE Hour of Code

The MKE Hour of Code serves as a spark but we are not done there!  We want all participants to consider what’s next and reach out with ideas for how the MKE Tech Hub Coalition and our partners can help you take the next step.

  • For Students: 
    • Check out the courses and projects on for additional activities you can do anytime/anywhere.
    • Work with your parent/guardian/counselor to map out a pathway to pursue a course of study with co-curricular activities that will prepare you for a career in tech.   
    • Interested in learning more about what it takes to work in a cutting-edge technology career? Open P-TECH is a great place to start your career exploration and begin building skills that will help you become well-positioned for a fulfilling career!
  • For Nonprofits:
    • Keep up the great work!
    • Send an email to for information on how to be considered for a sponsored membership in the MKE Tech Hub Coalition and/or the MKE K-12 Computing Alliance.  

Didn’t find what you were looking for?  Send your suggestions to (STEM Forward Content) or (MKE Tech Hub Coalition) and we’ll find the right way to incorporate it.

2019 Resources and Results

To download our 2019 Media Kit, click here. To see our 2019 results, read our press release here.

I'm not a technologist and I don't know about coding – can I still volunteer?

Yes, absolutely! and Code with Google have many self-guided, turnkey tutorials that you can use right off-the-shelf. They also have how-to guides to help you practice teaching the activities. All you have to do is pick one and pick your time to volunteer. There are options for all ages and experience levels. Or, check back for a toolkit coming soon with special Milwaukee projects created by local organizations that reflect our city!


  • I plan to participate, but I don’t know what I’m doing for an activity yet. Should I still fill out the form?
    Yes. If you plan to participate, please fill out the form to register. We will be following up with you throughout the planning process, and we can get more details from you as you have them.
  • Do I need to be a technologist or know about code to volunteer?
    No! and Code with Google have many self-guided, off-the-shelf, turnkey tutorials that you can use. All you have to do is pick one and pick your time to volunteer. There are options for all ages and experience levels. Or, check back for a toolkit coming soon with special Milwaukee projects created by local organizations that reflect our city!
  • What if we don’t have computers for every student?
    There are activities that work on all types of devices, and there are some that require no computer at all. If you have limited devices, encourage students to work in pairs or do the activity all together on a projector screen or SMARTBoard. 
  • I am an employee/I have employees and would like to volunteer, but we don’t have a relationship with students or a school. How can we participate?
    Please fill out the form with your information. We will do our best to match you with a local school.
  • I am a teacher and I am interested in having a volunteer(s) teach an Hour of Code to my students. How can I set this up?
    Please fill out the form with your information. We will do our best to match you with volunteers.
  • How does the volunteer/school matching process work?
    We’ll be following up with registered companies and schools to see how many volunteers are needed, times/days that activities are requested, etc., and do our best to match companies with teachers/schools. You may not be matched until the fall. You can still plan ahead by getting your volunteers together and familiarizing yourself with the or Code with Google platform. 
  • Can volunteering happen virtually?
    Yes! We believe that most MKE Hour of Code activities this year will happen virtually, and we will be providing a virtual toolkit (coming soon!) to help in the planning process. 
  • How much time will I need to commit if I want to participate?
    That’s totally up to you! Your participation can be as big or as small as you’d like. You could simply encourage all of your employees to do an Hour of Code with their own children. You could host one company-wide MKE Hour of Code activity and invite all of your employee’s children to participate. You could have a select number of volunteers engage with one classroom for one hour. Or, you could work with a teacher or whole school for an entire day or week. The amount of volunteers and time you want to allocate is entirely up to you! The important thing is that you participate.
  • Can educators, adult learners and other non-student groups also participate? What counts as an Hour of Code? Are there specific parameters?
    Yes! We want to be as inclusive as possible to all types of participation. If you have an idea in mind and aren’t sure if your activity counts, email

About the MKE Tech Hub Coalition

The primary goal of the MKE Tech Hub Coalition is to double the tech workforce in southeastern Wisconsin by 2025. This will enable us to fulfill the tech talent requirements of employers as well as drive economic success and innovation in the region.

To achieve this bold milestone, we’re harnessing the power of companies, entrepreneurs, educators, community organizations and other area stakeholders to join forces around our key initiatives.  This includes K-20 strategies that reflect a value for the future role of our existing student population in the #MKETech ecosystem.

About NEWaukee

For the third year, NEWaukee is proud to power Milwaukee’s Hour of Code.

NEWaukee is a social architecture agency that designs memorable experiences that create a sense of belonging inside the communities and companies they work with. Learn more at

About and Hour of Code is a 501c3 public non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer programming. After launching in 2013, organized the Hour of Code campaign – which has introduced over 100 million students to computer science to date – and partnered with 70 public school districts nationwide to expand computer science programs. is supported by philanthropic donations from corporations, foundations and generous individuals, including Microsoft, Facebook, Infosys Foundation USA, Amazon, and others. For more information, please visit:

MKE Hour of Code

12:00AM - 11:59PM

Monday, December 7, 2020

Sign Up: Free