I ran into several more projects / organizations promoting women in IT. Great stuff!
Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn web and software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction.
Girls Who Code programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.
Rails Girls started in Finland and is now a global non-profit volunteer organization. It aims to give tools (especially with Ruby on Rails) and a community for women to understand technology and to build their ideas by providing a great experience on building things and by making technology more approachable. Girls learn sketching, prototyping, basic programming and get introduced to the world of technology.
I’m so excited to share this story from the BBC about a company called littleBits. It was created by a woman named Ayah Bdeir. What do they make?
littleBits (spelled lower case L, upper case B, all one word) consists of tiny circuit-boards with specific functions engineered to snap together with magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap together for prototyping, learning and fun. Each bit has a specific function (light, sound, sensors, buttons, thresholds, pulse, motors, etc), and modules snap to make larger circuits. Just as LEGO™ allows you to create complex structures with very little engineering knowledge, littleBits are small, simple, intuitive, blocks that make creating with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together.
And yes, I’ll be adding this company’s leadership team to my database. This is a wonderful company with a great mission! Check it out.
When do we start forming ideas about what’s cool? The NY Times just did a short piece about coding for girls and when those gaps between girls and boys in computer classes really show up in full force. The piece is written by a woman, Reshma Saujani, who heads the “Girls Who Code” organization. This is a real disparity. I’m tired of seeing tech companies run largely by men. We need more balance. Helping girls to see that coding can be cool can help improve the gender balance in the tech field.