Computer Science for Rookies: Birchbox’s Hour of Code

At Birchbox, we believe in the power of technology to help our customers. Our team of talented software engineers, designers, and data scientists work hard to make sure you have the best experience with our website and get the most out of your Birchbox. Often, that involves writing in computer code.

But to many BB staffers not on the Tech team, coding can seem intimidating. To help change this mindset, we decided to participate in Computer Science Education Week to provide an introduction to programming and raise awareness for computer science literacy and education. More than 15 million people around the world took an “Hour of Code” coding course during the week, including several staffers at Birchbox offices in New York, London, and Paris. Given that the class featured an Angry Birds-inspired interactive tutorial, how could we not have had a blast doing it?—Dan Z., Technical Product Manager

Here’s what some Birchbox staffers had to say about the experience:

“Hour of Code took away the mystery of coding and made me realize it’s actually so fun! I never realized that it’s essentially solving problems with logic—I can totally do that!”—Melissa Enbar, Recruiting Director

"It's fascinating to discover a new skill that seemed so inaccessible."—Alice Ansselin, Marketing Manager, Birchbox France

"I really enjoyed it; it was really informative!" —Phill Burton, Strategy & Operations Manager, Birchbox UK

“That was way more fun than I had anticipated!”—Jennie Pan, Brand Campaign Analytics Senior Manager

"We want to learn more! It was great for team-building to work in groups."—Juliette Vergnaud, Senior Editorial Manager, Birchbox France

“It's so cool for someone on the Content Team to get a taste (albeit a small one!) of what our very talented tech team does everyday.”—Bene Cipolla, Director of Editorial Operations

"It helps to understand the logic behind the job."—Mériadeck, Intern, Birchbox France

“It’s empowering; it makes you feel like tech is not this big, scary world that you could never understand.”—Danielle Poonoosamy, Associate, People & Culture

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