January 13, 2014 AT 2:20 pm

Black Girls Code Invites Young Women Into the Tech World

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This short piece by Tamerra Griffin at blackvoicenews highlights some of the great work being done by Black Girls Code. Black Girls Code is an organization whose goal is to increase the number of women of color in the STEM fields. Founded by engineer/social entrepreneur Kimberley Bryant, Black Girls Code operates out of San Francisco but holds events nationwide.

On Dec. 14, Black Girls Code, an organization aimed at exposing young Black girls to computer science and technology, teamed up with Google to host a day-long mobile app training course. While tourists wound their way through shops on the first floor of Chelsea Market in pursuit of gourmet waffles, about 60 girls of color between 7 and 17 years of age hunched over keyboards and cellphones on the second floor of Google’s Chelsea headquarters, stringing together sequences of commands to create a game.
Throughout the day, the coders-in-training mirrored the instructions given by 29-year-old Donna Knutt, who owns a web development and marketing consulting business. Volunteers from Black Girls Code and Google were also on hand to answer the girls’ questions…

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