Dash—One Week Later

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Students in Ukraine using GA Dash

Ivan S., a teacher from Ukraine, sent us this picture of his students using Dash

Last week, General Assembly released Dash, our interactive, online learn-to-code program, to the world. What happened after that exceeded even our most wildly optimistic projections:

  • More than 40,000 people signed up, representing nearly every country on earth
  • Together, Dash users worldwide created over 124,000 websites, writing more than 41 million lines of code.
  • Collectively, users spent more than 9.3k people-hours (or 388 days) learning to code on Dash.

These numbers are great, but what we’re most excited about how much people enjoyed using Dash. We heard from a lot of folks over the past week. Here are a few highlights:

“Wow! All I can say is this is changing my life right now. As a graphic designer I have been trying to get into coding and every time I get discouraged and push it aside. I found your site today and can’t stop learning. I absolutely love the way this is teaching me it all seems to just click now. I was using crutches like adobe muse and didn’t have an understanding of what I was actually designing. I hope to really get into this and start coding sites all from code when I’m ready.”
– Sean O.

“I just started going through the projects with my 10-year-old son. He loves it so far. I had trouble getting him to stop for the night.”
– Alyson B.

“It was so strange that I came upon your site. I was just deciding on my major and the way you helped me learn HTML and JS the way you did, well… It cemented my choice to major in Programming and Computer Science.”
– Patrick S.

“I’ve told probably ten people about Dash since I started playing around with it last week. So awesome!”
– Matt J.

“ This is the best platform for coding lessons on the web. Well done!”
– Yannis L.

At General Assembly, we’re committed to empowering individuals to pursue work they love through instruction and opportunity in technology, business and design. And making Dash available to the general public is part of our larger efforts to broaden our online content and provide our students with additional resources to build upon the skills they’re learning in our classrooms.

We are thrilled to see that people from all over the world have connected with Dash.

So, what’s next? We plan on covering more advanced topics like JavaScript and adding to the experience.

Stay tuned!