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GitHub Rolls Out Free Student Developer Pack

GitHub has partnered with 13 companies and organizations to provide a package of developer tools free for students.

GitHUb is a widely used portal for coders, providing tools for collaboration, code management, code review and distribution. More than 100,000 students have used the free version of GitHub to date. With the new Student Developer Pack, GitHub is offering students their own Micro account, which includes five private repositories. A Micro account normally runs $7 per month.

In addition to the free Micro account on GitHub, the pack offers:

  • Access to the CrowdFlower crowdsourcing platform (normally $2,500 per month);
  • Free private builds through Travis CI (normally $69 per month);
  • A free Developer account with Orchestrate, which offers a "complete database portfolio that includes search, time-series events, geolocation and graph queries through an API" (normally $49 per month);
  • The complete Unreal Engine suite of developer tools for console, mobile, PC and other platforms (normally $19 per month);
  • A free individual account with Screenhero, a screen sharing and collaboration platform for teams (normally $9.99 per month);
  • A one-year Business 3 license to the cloud app deployment platform Bitnami (normally $49 per month);
  • Digital Ocean cloud hosting ($100 credit);
  • A two-year Bronze hosted DNS plan with DNSimple (normally $3 per month);
  • Access to HackHands, a 24/7 programming help service ($25 credit);
  • A one-year .me domain name registration and one-year SSL certificate from Namecheap (normally a combined total of $17.99 per year);
  • Fees waived for the first $1,000 in transactions through Stripe;
  • An extended version of a student account with the e-mail IaaS service SendGrid, offering free 15,000 e-mails per month (normally a maximum of 200 per day);
  • The Atom text editor.

The student developer pack is available now through GitHub Education.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).


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