(Huffington Post) 'Girls Who Code' Sets Sights On Teaching 1 Million Girls To Code
On Monday night, the monitors, keyboards and buzzing screens on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in downtown Manhattan were pushed aside for foamcore boards adorned with construction paper and smartphones perched on tall tables. Where traders usually stood, teen girls took their place.
The 20 young women manning the boards were the first group of graduates from a Girls Who Code eight-week summer course, a program designed to attract more women to technical fields by teaching them how to build mobile apps and websites, launch a company and pitch investors. With support from companies like Twitter, General Electric, eBay and Google, the graduates also took part in mini-internships with New York tech companies and were assigned mentors from the field.
Like so many tech-industry events, the Girls Who Code gala was more of a "demo" than a ceremony: a display of what the organization argues can be done to change the gender ratio in tech by helping young women develop engineering and computer science skills.