Black Girls Code
A tech executive shares her story to illustrate just how much difference mentoring can make in girls’ career trajectories.
Abby Bobé of Black Girls CODE shares one inspirational girl’s journey to programming and discusses the organization’s expansion plans.
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By Abby Bobé (Marketing, BlackGirlsCODE)
Have you ever listened to an eight year old share her excitement and passion for technology and computer programming?
Thankfully we have over 750 underrepresented young girls who can share their amazing experiences with you. Ranging from ages six to seventeen, Black Girls CODE is a global movement empowering girls of color in the world of technology.
“You should have had more women on that panel”
By Heather Harde (Vice Chairman, sf.citi)
“You didn’t have enough female-founder companies competing in the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt”… “You didn’t have enough women nominees for the Crunchies Awards”… “Your blog is not doing enough to advance women in technology”…
These were all regular refrains I heard when I was the CEO of TechCrunch for five years.
Girls need to be encouraged to pursue STEM in the classroom, not just in extracurricular activities. But these programs are a start.
By Ariel Schwartz (Senior Editor, FastCompany’s Co.Exist)
10 years ago – even five years ago – it was incredibly difficult for tech-minded girls going through the K-12 school system to find instruction tailored to them. If you wanted to be an engineer, you’d probably be stuck in a 95% male robotics club. And if you wanted to be a programmer? Good luck finding any female companionship. That’s starting to change, due in no small part to
Building "Get TEKD" At AT&T Social Good Hackathon To Find The Right Class For You To Learn New Technology
The trick to increasing the underrepresented groups in tech is to make sure they get an invitation to be part of the tech community.
I have noticed the growing number of other women in the technology-based classes I have been attending.
By Lin Bocash (Volunteer, BlackGirlsCODE)
I found the article on Women 2.0 about female CTO founders incredibly inspirational. This is a marvelous start but what about reaching young women from under-represented communities?
I have been lucky enough to be involved with BlackGirlsCODE for two semesters now and to help with the work they do
“Although our the number of women in tech roles in the Bay Area is still small, there are a number of incredible women whom I met at events such as RailsBridge, Women 2.0 and Women Who Code events who have volunteered for our classes from the beginning.” – Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code.
By Sarah Allen (CTO, Mightyverse & Founder, Blazing Cloud)
Black Girls Code seeks to increase the number of women of color in digital careers, starting with 7-14 year olds.
The campaign to support their “summer of code” ends in just a few days and they are almost half way to their goal.
Blazing Cloud is pledging up to $1,000 as matching funds if employees or anyone in our community (teachers, students, TAs, or anyone who has worked with us in the past) gives to this campaign before Wednesday, July 11 @ 11:59pm
During the 2012 SUMMER of CODE, BlackGirlsCODE plans to reach more than 300 students by holding one and two-day workshops and summer camps in seven or more cities in 90 days (San Fransisco, Oakland, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Support BlackGirlsCODE!
By Abby Bobé (Dual MBA & Computer Science Candidate, Mills College)
School may be out for summer but that doesn’t put a halt to the BlackGirlsCODE mission to educate young girls of color across the nation in computer programming.
To close the digital divide and change the face of tech, founder Kimberly Bryant of BlackGirlsCODE will travel 7 cities in 90 days to teach over 300 young girls how to build their very own video game, build a webpage, program robots and other fun and creative activities.
I was fortunate enough to join the team of 30 volunteers during BGC’s largest summer workshop yet in Oakland, California