According to the Information and Communications Technology Council, women comprise only 24% of the Canadian IT workforce.
While this percentage is increasing, it is a long way from equality. It is for this reason the Girls Tech League was created. In collaboration with CompCamp, Women in Science and Engineering, and Technovation, the organization is the first of it’s kind on the East Coast, inspiring young girls to become more hands on and involved with coding and technology.
“We taught approximately 25 junior high school girls how to create an app, from basic programming to user-interface protocol, using teamwork and community research," says CompCamp cofounder Rose Behar. “[The girls] not only had to create an app prototype, but they also had to build a business plan, pitch video and presentation around the app, giving them realistic insight into what it might be like to build a start-up one day.”
The apps developed were all designed to aid or solve a particular social or community problem, adding a social justice component to the competition. Being held after school since mid-January, the program wrapped up with an Awards Reception earlier this month. The winners were invited to attend Technovation’s World Pitch event at the Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters—not bad for a group from the Maritimes. In fact, dependent on funding, they may even compete.
“It has been an amazing experience to see these girls becoming more and more confident that a dream like 'working at Facebook' is an attainable goal,” adds Rose. “The truth is, having worked closely with each of these teams, Facebook would be lucky to have them.”
For more information on CompCamp, their programs, and to register your child, visit their site.