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January 18, 2018 | Tom Ballard

Guinness confirms final world coding record involved 6,778 participants

Guiness World RecordThe final world record has been validated, and it’s a big one – 6,778 individuals who were simultaneously learning to code in Knox County and Oak Ridge schools on November 8.

“After an extensive evidence review, we’re delighted to inform your successful attempt at the largest computer programming lesson (multiple venues) is 6,778 participants, and was achieved by CodeTN (USA) in Knoxville, TN, USA on 8 November 2017,” Philip Robertson, a New York City-based Adjudicator with the Guinness Book of World Records, told local officials in an email yesterday.

That final total is more than six times the participant count recorded when the initial results were announced that day.

Setting a new record required slightly more than 1,000 students to be simultaneously watching an instructional video and working on their computers to learn more about coding. As noted in this article about that day’s events, the counting and verification process stopped a little after 2 p.m. November 8 after the threshold was achieved – 1,058 verified participants.

Subsequent data submitted to Guinness and validated by the organization confirmed the final total.

The initiative to set the record was led by Brandon Bruce, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Cirrus Insight, and Caleb Fristoe, Project Manager with CodeTN. Is there a follow-up to break Knoxville’s record? Stay tuned!

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