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.
We've posted about the lack of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and this film tackles the hot topic. Susan is quoted in TechCrunch's article saying:
In a study of popular films in 11 countries, fewer than 20 percent of computer science or tech roles were held by women.
In an effort to continue to get more young girls and women involved with STEM, Susan has partnered with Google and Lesley to provide CODEGIRL free to view until November 5 (that's two more days, girl—you still have time!)
TechCrunch talks about how YouTube is a perfect platform to launch this film: It's most popular female users carry "more clout than some mainstream celebs." On Cambio we've discussed that the first step in getting more females involved in tech is to talk about it, and what better way to do so than on the world's most popular video platform with a massive female influence?
Speaking of #fiercefemale influence, fashion icon/goddess Sophia Amoruso (Founder of Nasty Gal) is down with the film's mission. Badass betches, unite!
So grab your popcorn and watch the film below, and tweet me your thoughts @lizprugh. I'm going to watch it tonight - I want to hear your what you think!