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About Kano

About Kano

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In history

Kano is a computer anyone can make™. Our mission is to give young people – and the young at heart – a simple, fun way to make and play with technology, and take control of the world around them.

November 2012

Micah, 6, asks for a computer he can build himself.

kano Fortune review

Micah, 6, asks for a computer he can build himself.

December 2012

We name the computer Kano, after Kanō Jigorō, lifelong teacher, founder of the art of judo.

kano Fast Company review

We name the computer Kano, after Kanō Jigorō, lifelong teacher, founder of the art of judo.

February 2013

We write and design our first book.

kano Wired review

We write and design our first book.

March 2013

We head to China to source new hardware.

kano Re/code review

We head to China to source new hardware.

April 2013

Yonatan and Alex move in together, make 200 kit prototypes from our flat.

kano The Guardian review

Yonatan and Alex move in together, make 200 kit prototypes from our flat.

May 2013

First group of kids make Kano. "We're like super-children!" jokes Khalid, 9.

kano Bloomsberg review

First group of kids make Kano. "We're like super-children!" jokes Khalid, 9.

June 2013

Alejandro joins us as software architect, from Playstation 4 team.

kano World Street Journal review

Alejandro joins us as software architect, from Playstation 4 team.

August 2013

Our prototypes sell out on word of mouth!

kano World Street Journal review

Our prototypes sell out on word of mouth!

September 2013

New faces join us from 6 different countries. Artists, engineers, wizards.

kano World Street Journal review

New faces join us from 6 different countries. Artists, engineers, wizards.

October 2013

We race to design the kit, and complete the first build of Kano OS.

kano World Street Journal review

We race to design the kit, and complete the first build of Kano OS.

November 2013

We go to Kickstarter, hoping to raise $100,000 in a month. We end up raising $1.5 million.

kano World Street Journal review

We go to Kickstarter, hoping to raise $100,000 in a month. We end up raising $1.5 million.

February 2014

Kano OS opens for community development.

kano World Street Journal review

Kano OS opens for community development.

June 2014

Mayors Boris Johnson and Mike Bloomberg race to make a Kano in London.

kano World Street Journal review

Mayors Boris Johnson and Mike Bloomberg race to make a Kano in London.

July 2014

Final tooling for the Kano Kit – 36 components come together in harmony.

kano World Street Journal review

Final tooling for the Kano Kit – 36 components come together in harmony.

September 2014

We shipped our first 18,000 kits to customers in 86 countries.

kano World Street Journal review

We shipped our first 18,000 kits to customers in 86 countries.

December 2014

Brought smiles to thousands of inventors as Wired named us one of their top 10 Gadgets of 2014.

kano World Street Journal review

Brought smiles to thousands of inventors as Wired named us one of their top 10 Gadgets of 2014.

January 2015

Spotted our orange keyboard at a Big White House.

kano World Street Journal review

Spotted our orange keyboard at a Big White House.

March 2015

Over 5 million lines of code created with Kano.

kano World Street Journal review

Over 5 million lines of code created with Kano.

April 2015

Launch new US warehouses - even faster shipping.

kano World Street Journal review

Launch new US warehouses - even faster shipping.

May 2015

Raised $15m and announced our fastest ever Kano computer.

kano World Street Journal review

Raised $15m and announced our fastest ever Kano computer.

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In motion

Kano developed with the help of hundreds of young people, artists, engineers, and teachers. We focus on simple steps, storytelling, and creative play.

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In real life

Kano is powered by cutting-edge hardware and open-source software. It's the most crowdfunded learning invention of all time, and coming soon.

These kits possess the potential to unshackle us from the past and usher in a new world of computing.

Om Malik, Fast Company

Many have tried and failed to develop a winning educational computer for kids. Kano cracks that nut, and does so in a genius fashion.

James Vincent, Gadget Lab Staff, Wired

For the right child, Kano is a far better $150 present than a cheap tablet that mostly just plays games and movies.

Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Wall Street Journal

It’s like a Computing 101 course in a fun, nifty package. My son’s enduring interest in the lessons were what really sold me on the product.

Ashlee Vance, Bloomsberg Businessweek

Kano’s simple make-your-own computer kit is an easy way to get kids interested in learning about coding and computers.

Erin Griffith, Fortune

Not only is computing magical, it’s exciting!

Tim Bradshaw, Financial Times

Cool, I’ve been looking for a way to trick my son into a lucrative career.

American Voices, The Onion

Kano lets kids build their own PCs and learn to program with a nice combination of simplicity, education, and even charm.

Walt Mossberg

What he's doing, though he doesn't know it, is coding. He can do this because Kano has made it instinctive.

Miranda Sawyer, The Guardian