“I want you to know there’s a place for you in this industry.” At an event near Google’s campus, Google CEO Sundar Pichai made a statement to the young women in the audience. “There’s a place for you at Google. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here, and we need you.”
Google and Snapchat strengthened their tech giant bond by coming together to address namely the greatest problem in the tech industry, gender disparity. The phrase “women in tech” automatically invokes feelings and visceral internal reactions due to sexist ‘bro-culture’, executives, and systematic oppression.
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This challenge is open only to residents of the United States who are 13-18 years of age at the time of entry. Learn more and get started here: https://www.madewithcode.com/
The competition explains the rules consist of completing a coding activity to build a Snapchat Geofiliter that expresses clear vision for the future. It must be accompanied by a statement about how you plan to achieve this future, and ultimately submitted through competition guidelines on the previously linked website.
#MyFutureMe, as the challenge is called, is more than a chance to build your own live Snapchat lens, it’s a chance to fight sexism and empower young women in a boundless industry where everyone is welcomed.
Click here for contest rules.
To learn more about inclusivity in STEM programs, specifically regarding Black Girls Code, click here.