Girls Learning Code Taking the Toronto Tech Scene by Storm
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They came, they coded, they conquered. The girls who participated in the Girls Learning Code “Take Your Kid to Work Day” were incredible. I was lucky enough to mentor these little superstars yesterday and am so inspired every time I leave a Girls Learning Code event.
Hubba sponsors this brilliant initiative brought to you by the team at Ladies Learning Code and we could not be more thrilled to do so. Girls Learning Code hosts various tech workshops which are less about simply learning how to code and more about changing the world – through teamwork, creativity, and, of course, technology.
Their program objective is to help girls:
1. Discover a passion for learning about technology
2. Experience the satisfaction that comes from being a builder – not just consumer – of the web and technology
3. Become more confident and self-assured
4. Develop a willingness to try new things
5. Increase their knowledge of technology-related careers
They manage to leave the girls feeling empowered, inspired and motivated to work in the tech field, start projects of their own and become entrepreneurs. The girls who attended this Girls Learning Code were between the ages of 8-15, and let me tell you, I have no doubt in my mind that these girls will use technology to change the world.
Every attendee was so engaged as we visited numerous Toronto tech companies including Mozilla, Nascent, Playground, The Working Group and Pilot Interactive. We used Mozilla as our homebase where we dove right into a hacking activity getting the girls familiar with HTML and CSS using Mozilla Thimble. We then began our Toronto tech tour: first stop Nascent. We started off at Nascent with a bang. The girls were over the moon interacting with various Microsoft Surface tablets and light painting with the Light Bomber app developed by the Nascent team. Shawn Konopinsky, the CEO of Nascent, said it was the best user testing the Microsoft Surface has ever had considering there was about a million hands on it at once. We proceeded on to Playground where we learned about web development and played around with Pixlr, a photo editing site. At The Working Group the girls heard from a female software developer speak about what it’s like to work in the industry and played a game where they matched various tech job titles to their descriptions. Our last stop was Pilot Interactive where the girls saw the ins and outs of a creative digital agengy. The girls were so enthused with a social video game platform created by Pilot, they continually asked when it was being released so they could put it in their ‘calendar’ and play it as soon as possible.
I feel so lucky to have shared this day with such talented, young females. As I sat with a grade 9 student and began to work with her on her laptop she casually told me that her school’s email server was down, then proceeded to tell me she personally installed both Windows and Mac OS on her latop, taught herself how to code, and inquired about the data sharing platform we are developing at Hubba.
If you know any girls between the ages of 9-13 I highly recommend checking out Girls Learning Code. And keep your eye out for these girls, they will for sure be the next big CEO’s and CTO’s.
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