Made With Code is Google’s $50 million project which aims to get young women excited about learning to code in an effort to close the tech industry gender gap. Now, as part of this initiative, Google is backing a documentary called CODEGIRL. From filmmaker Lesley Chilcott, who has also worked as producer on An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman, CODEGIRL is being shared free of charge on YouTube until November 5th, after which it’ll go into cinemas.
CEO of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki wrote a post on Google’s official blog, summarising the film:
“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.”
Wojcicki says that as “someone who runs a company at the intersection of technology and media” she would like to “help change the perceptions of women and technology we see today,” citing a lack of visible role models for young women in tech as a big part of the problem: “In a study of popular films in 11 countries, fewer than 20 percent of computer science or tech roles were held by women.”
The documentary runs to an hour and 48 minutes, and you can watch it right here:
A recent study by AdAge found that female YouTube stars are more influential than mainstream celebrities, so the site seems like a great platform to launch the documentary if it’s going to reach its intended audience and increase the visibility of girls and women in tech.
If you want to support the film and make sure as many people as possible get to see it before it hits cinemas, share it using the hashtag #Rallyforcodegirl.
Main Image via CodeGirlMovie.com