What is it?

Code @ KEC is a collective of code-centric events, designed to help teach and promote technology and programming to Knoxville’s youth, through key partnerships with private companies and non-profits in East Tennessee.

Who is it for?

Youth in rural and underserved areas attending elementary, middle, and high schools in Knoxville and East Tennessee.


Access to technology is critical to the continuing evolution of our entrepreneurial ecosystem. Helping kids understand technology, and even write code, can potentially help them secure highly competitive jobs.

Program History

KEC has helped over 250 students become familiar with coding languages, and more importantly, what they can do with that knowledge. Many of those who come through the programs live in rural and under-served communities where access to technology has been historically difficult. KEC has already seen great success with these programs, and looks to have an ever growing impact, year-to-year.

Yearly Programming

Code Camps – For Summer 2018, KEC is excited to announce a lineup of Python coding camps through the Code @ KEC initiative. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and apply the basics of coding logic and the Python language, understand the basic concepts of data science, build and program Arduino microcontrollers, and experience Virtual Reality. The Code Camp curriculum was designed by the KEC Team to be in line with Tennessee mathematics and computer technology education standards. Code Camps run from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, with snacks provided for students.

Code Morristown: Lincoln Heights Middle School Rising 6th – 9th June 4 – 8 Register here
Code Morristown: Walters State Community College Rising 9th – 12th June 11 – 15 Register here
Code Lenoir City:
Lenoir City Middle School
Rising 6th – 9th June 18 – 22 Register here
Code South Doyle: South Doyle Middle School Rising 6th – 9th June 25 – 29 Register here
Code Jefferson County: Maury Middle School Rising 6th – 9th July 9 – 13 Register here
Code Sevier County: Sevierville Commons Gallery Rising 6th – 12th July 16 – July 20 Register here

CodeStock Academy – through our work with the CodeStock organization, KEC has developed a one-day academy for students whose parents are attending the CodeStock Conference, the Southeast’s preeminent developer conference held in May here in Knoxville. We anticipate over 50 students will participate in this year’s Academy, many of whom are already experienced at coding.

Gold Sponsor

Code @ KEC Partners