Made With Code is the $50 million project you need to know about. Launched by Google to encourage young women to learn to code, the ultimate goal is to close the gender gap in the tech industry.
Now, as part of the initiative, Google has released a documentary titled CODEGIRL that will be available for free online from November 1-5 only, after which time it will be released in cinemas.
The documentary follows girls from over 60 countries as they participate in a global initiative run by Technovation. The competition gives them 3 months in which to develop an app that caters to a need in their local area. As YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote,
“CODEGIRL follows the story of 5,000 girls from 60 countries as they compete in a global entrepreneurship and coding competition by Technovation. The girls have three months to develop an app that attempts to solve a problem in their local community. In the film, they size up their competition, interact with teachers and local mentors, learn to code, and pitch their ideas all in hopes of winning $10,000 in funding and support.”
The aim is to further inspire women on a global scale to learn more about coding and the skills it can offer. Many including Wojcicki have identified a distinct lack of visible role models in the industry, and are hoping to raise the profile of coding as a skill and the tech industry as presenting a multitude of possible employment opportunities for women to get excited about.
Check out a teaser below, and head to the official site