Tell us about you (What drives you)
I’ve been a software engineer in one form or another for over 10 years now, worked at a lot of different kinds of places for all sorts of projects, people, and companies. At first, I think the drive was just to create something, whether it was interesting, cool, or just technically new to me. After a while though I started to focus more on the impact of that work is.
I’ve been interested in education for a long time, whether it’s how to help people learn or helping teach or my own learning. I’ve worked on a few side projects around education, given conference talks, and even dipped back into education myself so as long as I’m learning or helping others learn I’m pretty happy. And at Kano, I get to help build software that helps people learn and explore new things and hopefully build a community out of that learning experience. …
Tell us about you (What drives you)
I’m Kano’s data guy, helping us to understand how kids use our products so that we can make them better. I enjoy working on a wide variety of different technical challenges and learning new technologies.
Tell us a fun fact about you
When I was about 5 I wasn’t massively well coordinated/balanced so my parents thought I could benefit from ballet classes. This wasn’t really my thing as at that time I was in my dinosaur phase and was promptly expelled from the class after being a velociraptor at the end-of-year show.
What is your biggest fear? …
2021 is in full swing and your creative minds have been flowing stronger than ever. We have more of you using Kano Club than ever before and we have been amazed at what you have all been coming up with.
We have seen some incredible animations, breathtaking pieces of coding art, and even the old game or two we couldn’t believe.
This year is going to be the year that Kano Club just gets bigger and bigger. We have new activities and workshops coming every week, and some exciting news coming later this for you. So keep your eyes out.
Let’s crack on with your top ten Kano Club creations of January 2021. …
Whether it’s the latest best-selling fiction novel or the top shelf tech book you’ve always wanted to finish, we find reading to be one of the greatest outlets in the world.
It can help clear the mind or teach you about your favorite passion. Books can be one of the best ways to spend your non-screen time. Get lost in a faraway world, or in the factual education you can gather from ink and paper.
At Kano, we have gathered up our favorite book offerings for any certified tech fan and budding coder. …
When it comes to using your coding skills, there are a vast amount of careers that you could go into. From working for a major brand in their software or IT team to joining a start-up and developing original software. But what about if are saving up for a holiday or just want to put away some cash for college? You can use your coding knowledge to do something on the side.
At Kano, we always promote using your screen time to do the best activities and education possible. Kano Club is a large resource of education coding workshops and skill-building. It can be really important in your personal time to take a break from the screen. Whether that be sport or socializing, the activities you do during your break from work are vital for good mental health. …
By Taylor Chustz, Education Consultant
After the success of the Kids Can Code Program in Kurdistan for Syrian Refugees, Kano has been able to expand their work into Jordan for refugee kids from Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, as well as local Jordanian youth.
World Learning and Kano are partnering with the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) to provide a coding and English course to 450 children ages 10–15.
This was made possible by generous support from the Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education, which provided additional resources towards this program along with World Learning.
In this next iteration, refugee children all over Jordan are learning to code from home, exploring creativity, and gaining a knowledge of English through World Learning and Kano’s curriculum collaboration. …
Skye Totham, Senior Management Accountant at Kano.
My British partner and I met in Sydney a few years ago and thought it was time we gave this side of the world a spin, so we moved to London in late 2019 to find new adventures and opportunities. We love the great outdoors so we’re itching to get out hiking again once the lockdown lifts.
I was lucky enough to land at Kano after contracting as a Chartered Accountant. My background is in business advisory working on outsourced finance roles, so at Kano, it has been extremely rewarding to be “inside” the business and apart of a commercial team and vision that I feel passionate about. …
The world we live in today is driven by technology. Whether it be the smartphone you use, the social media platform you live on or the TV you watch. Facebook, Apple, and Amazon have become the pillars of society. But what is next in the world? Who is going to build the next big company? Well, the answer is simple, your child.
Giving your child the best opportunity in the future, both professionally and personally, rests on how they adapt to the ever-changing world. …
In Kano World, thousands of children get the chance to create, learn and build with hours of fun. Whether it is Pixel Motion, Make Art, or one of our favs, Remix Tree, Kano has the tools you need for your future.
Remix Tree is one of our favorite features in Kano World. This feature was created after listening to the community feedback last year and we can’t get enough.
With Remix Tree, when you remix someone else’s code and share it, your creation automatically includes a link to the original creation you remixed. But first, let’s talk about remixing!
‘Remixing’ is a feature on Kano World that allows you not just to look at the code of other people’s creations, but also to edit the code and ‘remix’ it into a whole new creation! …
At Kano, we can’t get enough of how amazing this is cool is. DALL-E isn’t just your standard creative output.
Created by Aditya Ramesh, Mikhail Pavlov, Gabriel Goh, and Scott Gray, DALL·E (named using a portmanteau of the artist Salvador Dalí and Pixar’s WALL·E) is a 12-billion parameter version of GPT-3. Trained to generate images from text descriptions, using a dataset of text-image pairs.
It is capable of amazing creations, including creating anthropomorphized versions of animals and objects, combining unrelated concepts in plausible ways, rendering text, and applying transformations to existing images.
Like GPT-3, DALL·E is a transformer language model. It receives both the text and the image as a single stream of data containing up to 1280 tokens and is trained using maximum likelihood to generate all of the tokens, one after another. …