FreeCodeCamp was launched in October 2014 and incorporated as Free Code Camp, Inc. The founder, Quincy Larson, is a software developer who took up programming as a graduate student.
In a 2015 podcast interview, he summarized his motivation for creating freeCodeCamp as follows: “freeCodeCamp is my effort to correct the extremely inefficient and circuitous way I learned to code. I’m committing my career and the rest of my life towards making this process as efficient and painless as possible. […] All these things that make learning to code a nightmare to me that we are trying to fix with freeCodeCamp. ” 
The original curriculum focused on MongoDB , Express.js , AngularJS , and Node.js and was estimated to take 800 hours to complete.  Many of the lessons Were links to other platforms is free material, Such As Codecademy , Stanford , gold Code School . The course was broken into “Waypoints” (quick, interactive tutorials), “Bonfires” (algorithm challenges), “Ziplines” (front-end projects), and “Basejumps” (full-stack projects). Completing the front-end and full-stack projects awarded the student with respective certificates.
The curriculum was updated in January 2016 to rely less on outside material, to remove the unconventional section names, and to switch focus from AngularJS to React.js to the front-end library of choice. There were a number of additions to the racework, including D3.js and Sass , which brought the total time estimate to 2.080 hours and two more certificates, data visualization and back-end.
After returning from a trip in China, Larson was inspired to launch freeCodeCamp to give people the opportunity to learn programming. After six years living in San Francisco, Larson is now in Oklahoma City , Oklahoma. 
The self-paced curriculum  involves 1,200 hours of interactive coding challenges and web development projects, plus 800 hours of contributing to open-source  projects for nonprofits and is constantly expanded by more challenges and projects.  This translates into one year of full-time coding. The curriculum is divided into front-end development , data visualization , back-end development, and full-stack development. Participants receive a certificate after completing each section.
The curriculum emphasizes pair programming , which is intended to foster a culture of collaboration and shared learning, which can be overcome by the student’s ability to improve their skills (popularly referred to as ” impostor syndrome “). 
As students of freeCodeCamp finish all certificates of the curriculum, they get the opportunity to work with nonprofit organizations .  Examples have been Indonesia-based nonprofit Kopernik  and People Saving Animals. The organization has donated US $ 1,400,000  worth of development work to nonprofits as of January 2017.
In 2016, freeCodeCamp announced their “Open Source for Good” initiative, which extends and opens their nonprofit work to all nonprofits and organizations to use.  Within the past few months, the initiative has created seven open-source tools.  Mail for Good is one of the projects, which helps organizations send bulk email messages at a low cost,  which serves as a cheaper alternative to such services as MailChimp .
freeCodeCamp’s platform is used by about 350,000 unique visitors per month,   with students from over 160 countries.  According to Alexa , freeCodeCamp is ranked around 3.014 globally and around 1.737 in the United States. 
freeCodeCamp has international, community-run groups where students can interact in person.  Some groups have been featured in local news, citing freeCodeCamp as an introduction to programming in order to fill the vacancy in programming-related jobs in the next decade.  
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