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Pharrell Partners With Georgia Tech & Amazon For Music Coding Initiative

Pharrell is doing his part to make sure today's youth loves music just as much as he did before making it in the industry.

Pharrell is doing his part to make sure today’s youth loves music just as much as he did before making it in the industry.

Pharrell Williams live in concert

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The producer extraordinaire is teaming up with Amazon and Georgia Tech to teach coding to students.

On Tuesday, his education equity nonprofit, YELLOW, announced that it would be creating an educational collaboration with Georgia Tech called “Your Voice is Power.” This initiative will teach middle and high school students how to share their positions on equity through coding.

“Teaching kids future-ready skills like coding, especially those for whom opportunities haven’t been equally distributed, is how we prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs,” Pharrell wrote on Twitter. “That’s why @YELLOWORG has launched “Your Voice is Power” alongside @Amazon and @GeorgiaTech.”

He continued, “We encourage all middle and high school students and teachers in the US and Canada to examine racial equity while remixing my song “Entrepreneur” using computer code.”

“This collaboration between YELLOW, Amazon, and Georgia Tech is a celebration of Black creators and change-makers,” Pharrell explained. “YELLOW at its core believes that education is a pathway to success. Teaching kids future-ready skills like coding, especially those kids for whom opportunities like this have not been equally distributed, is how we prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

All middle and high school students in the United States and Canada are able to participate in “Your Voice is Power.” The first round of the competition will run from January 19 through March 12 while the second round of the competition will run from March 15 through June 4.

The remixes will be judged by a panel of Amazon engineers, Amazon Music team members, and music industry professionals. Winners will be chosen based on the quality of music, complexity, and organization of their code, and their inclusion of thoughtful messages that touch on racial justice.

If you’re interested in applying, you can do so here!

Good luck!

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