Sauce Labs Helps Prepare for its Annual Hour of Code - One of the Largest Educational Technology Events in the World

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Dec. 9, 2015 - Sauce Labs, Inc., provider of the world’s largest cloud-based platform for automated testing of web and mobile applications, today announced that, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to and increasing diversity in computer science is using Sauce Labs to help ensure the software that powers its annual global Hour of Code event ships error-free and works on a broad away of browsers, operating systems and platforms. Billed as the “largest learning event in history,” Hour of Code is a weeklong global movement reaching millions of students in more than 180 countries.

The grassroots campaign offers free coding lessons, tutorials and interactive games designed to demystify and teach coding basics to anyone ages four and up. Thus far, has reached more than 100 million students with the Hour of Code campaign and trained 16,000 teachers across the United States to establish full computer science courses in their schools. The organization is becoming a major force in a broader movement to encourage diversity in computer science, as 42 percent of its students represent young women, while 37 percent are Black or Hispanic.

In order to provide the best Hour of Code experience possible, is dedicated to rigorous software testing. The organization is leveraging Sauce Labs’ automated testing platform to ensure the highest quality code releases in advance of the event, especially as prepares for a large amount of website traffic from a wide variety of user devices.

Using Sauce, is able to forgo a manual testing process to run hundreds of tests in parallel each day against multiple browser, OS and platform combinations. The development team has reduced testing time for each build by 78%, from 1-½ hours to less than 20 minutes, giving its developers more time to work on new features and ensuring higher-quality software. The result is that can focus on its signature event of bringing computer science education to the masses, and continue its efforts to increase diversity in the field.

A short video of’s use of Sauce Labs is available at: 

Sauce Labs provides a high-performance Platform-as-a-Service for automated testing that is optimized for CI and CD workflows. When tests are automated and run in parallel on virtual machines, testing time is significantly reduced and IT teams no longer need to devote time to managing testing infrastructure. Sauce Labs currently supports more than 650 browser, operating system and device platform combinations.

Supporting Quotes
“In today’s economy, every business is in the software business, so it’s critical that the next generation workforce gets the fundamentals of programming. Sauce Labs is proud to support in its work to drive education and diversity in computer science. Not only do we support them behind the scenes with our automated testing platform, but our employees are also enthusiastic volunteers for the Hour of Code event.” – Charles Ramsey, CEO of Sauce Labs

“We’re trying to get every school to teach computer science, so that every student in every neighborhood has the opportunity to learn about this 21st-century field that is changing our economy and our society. Automated testing tools such as the Sauce Labs platform helps us to deliver higher-quality code. By leveraging this technology, our developers are able to focus on other things besides manual testing, as well as make our Hour of Code event a better experience for students and teachers.” – Hadi Partovi, CEO of

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