The founder of a Bozeman software company wants to see more Montana students pursue degrees in computer science.
Former RightNow Technologies CEO Greg Gianforte on Tuesday announced a privately funded online curriculum called CodeMontana to teach high school students the basics of software development.
Gianforte unveiled the program at the Montana Economic Development Summit in Butte.
It is open to 1,000 Montana high school students and there is no cost. Participants will compete for $10,000 in prizes while learning how to program.
Gianforte estimates there are 400 jobs available for computer science majors in Montana while just 37 students graduated from the University of Montana and Montana State with computer science degrees this spring.
Computer giant Oracle bought RightNow Technologies in October 2011 for about $1.5 billion.