Thursday June 21, 2018

Girls Who Code Looks to Train One Million Female Coders #gwcgala

Code for Good Hackathon at Girls Who Code in NYC

Code for Good Hackathon at Girls Who Code in NYC (Photo credit: Josh Bancroft)

Recently, Girls Who Code hosted a gala at the NYSE to show off demos from its inaugural class and to announce a new goal to train one million girls in computer science by 2020. Girls Who Code is a nonprofit co-founded by Reshma Saujani and Kristen Titus. According to BetaBeat, the program offers an eight week, full time education in robotics, web design, and mobile development for teenage girls. The program features mentors from engineers and executives from Twitter, Facebook, ZocDoc, Gilt Groupe, and more.

On stage, Saujani noted that only .3% of female high school students choose to major or minor in computer science. Attendees included WordPress Founder Matt Mullenweg, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, and General Assembly co-founder Adam Brimer and others. Julia Gist, student at Girls Who Code, gave a speech about her transformation throughout the program. She said, “I quickly learned everything from how to build mobile apps to becoming a master of user experience to building video games in Javascript.” she is currently working on three different freelance web development projects and teaching her dad how to code.