Google invests $50 million in teen girls

Mindy Kaling hosted Google's "Made With Code" event last week. Credit: Getty Images
Mindy Kaling hosted Google’s “Made With Code” event last week.
Credit: Getty Images

Google is aiming to close the tech gender gap in a huge way. The company launched a big, new initiative last week called “Made With Code,” with the goal of getting teen girls more interested in coding. Mindy Kaling, Chelsea Clinton, Google X Vice President Megan Smith and several other women spoke at the launch event June 19, which teen girls and press were invited to attend. IconaPop gave a special performance at the end.

The speakers showed different ways coding is used to make real change in the world, such as creating a cell phone app where people in third world countries can text their problems to UNICEF, or creating animated movies, like Pixar’s “Brave.” On Google’s new website, MadeWithCode.com, teens  can use elementary coding to make bracelets, create an avatar, compose music and several other easy-to-do projects. They are also introduced to women in a variety of fields who use coding as part of their everyday job, serving as virtual mentors.

Right now, technology, science and math fields are still dominated by men. But if Google has anything to do with it, that will not be the case for long.

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