Our Vision: To increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.
Black Girls CODE is a proud member of the American Express #PassionProject!
Despite the gray weather on Saturday, December 6th, over 50 girls arrived in high spirits for the first Black Girls CODE X Code Liberation Game Jam. The game jam kicked off the New York Chapter of Black Girls CODE’s celebration of Computer Science Education Week and was hosted by NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and. The girls, who ranged from ages 8 to 16 and hailed from across New York City, completed 5 hours of coding education using GameMaker: Studio. Our young tech divas completed their coding missions on Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets on loan from Microsoft New York. Learn more about what our tech divas learned during the day in this great blog recapping our events during the day (link) and check out the cool recap video from Code Liberation below!
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Coming in 2016 Black Boys CODE!
UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
BGC Bay Area – 2015 Kick-Off & Community Event
MON FEB 23 – 6:30pm
Listen to Executive Director Kimberly Bryant and a panel of Tech Divas
Learn about our upcoming plans for 2015
Meet the Bay Area Core Team and BGC HQ staff
Greet other potential and current volunteers
Food/Beverage will be provided
BGC Bay Area Chapter Presents:
Build a Game in a Day with Greenfoot!
SAT MAR 28
This workshop will focus on an introduction to game design and development using Greenfoot. Greenfoot is online tool used to introduce Java programming. This workshop is designed to encourage student-driven learning, as participants think analytically, design, play and code in real-time.
This event is intended for girls ages 10-17.
BGC Documentary Film Screenings & Community Meetups
Bring the Black Girls CODE documentary series to your school, organization, or company- Find out how HERE
About our Founder
When I was first introduced to computer programming, as a freshman in Electrical Engineering, Fortran and Pascal were the popular languages for newbies in computing and the Apple Macintosh was the new kid on the block. I remember being excited by the prospects, and looked forward to embarking on a rich and rewarding career after college.
But I also recall, as I pursued my studies, feeling culturally isolated: few of my classmates looked like me. While we shared similar aspirations and many good times, there’s much to be said for making any challenging journey with people of the same cultural background.
Much has changed since my college days, but there’s still a dearth of African-American women in science, technology, engineering and math professions, an absence that cannot be explained by, say, a lack of interest in these fields. Lack of access and lack of exposure to STEM topics are the likelier culprits.
By launching Black Girls Code, I hope to provide young and pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.
That, really, is the Black Girls Code mission: to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.
Imagine the impact that these curious, creative minds could have on the world with the guidance and encouragement others take for granted.
I have, and I can’t wait!