theodp writes: 'We will contribute $100,000 to [five] organizations,' explained Microsoft as it announced its AzureDevs Competition, 'who teach programming and provide technical resources to those who might not otherwise get the chance.' The current leader in voting that will determine who gets the top prize of $50,000 is Black Girls Code. But moving up the ranks into second place is Code.org, the sometimes dual-missioned organization advised by Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith that launched a few months ago to great fanfare with a slick viral promotional video featuring supporters Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Code.org has put out a call for votes to their 140,000 Facebook fans, and 17,000 Twitter followers to help them lay claim to Microsoft's $50,000 first prize. Hey, everyone roots for the billionaire-backed underdog, right?
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