Sep 01, 2015 2015-09-01
Black Girls CODE aims to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color aged 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. Through community outreach, such as workshops and after-school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces underprivileged girls to basic programming skills in languages such as Scratch and Ruby on Rails. The skills they acquire through the programs give these young women a chance at well-paying professions with prestigious companies, as well as the ability to enter into the field as entrepreneurs and leaders of technology.
Plus: For girls interested in technology, mobile apps, and games, Black Girls CODE hosts community-oriented “girls-only” hackathons, which allow girls of all experience levels to participate in creating solutions to social issues within their communities while they build their skills, confidence, and experience—and have lots of fun! These hackathons are open to girls aged 12–17. Girls attending a hackathon will learn how to brainstorm as a team, conduct research on their ideas, and design an app. Experienced mentors work with teams over a weekend to build their mobile apps and digital tools. At the end of the hackathon, teams demonstrate their solutions on stage, receiving feedback from judges, and become eligible for prizes!