App Camp for Girls is a non-profit,week-long camp that teaches middle-school aged girls app development, introduces them to leaders in the tech field, and encourages them to explore careers in software and technology. It’s also a great effort to counter gender inequality in a highly prominent industry.
Recent statistics reveal that women represent 56% of the workforce, but only 25% of the total computing/technology workforce. It is estimated that 40% of computing jobs will go unfilled by 2024, because of the lack of trained applicants. App Camp For Girls hopes to counter that trend by introducing 8th and 9th grade girls to app development and strategies for exploring career options in technology field.
Registration is now open and scholarships are available for the Chicago App Camp for Girls, which will be held from July 24 through 28th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at 8th Light on 412 South Wells Street in Chicago.
This year marks the Chicago debut of App Camp For Girls, after being founded in Portland in 2013 and expanding to Seattle and Phoenix. The camp is open for Chicago Public School and Chicago Charter School Students entering the 8th or 9th grade in 2017, and “Individuals who self-identify as female, trans*, or gender nonconforming are encouraged to apply for direct mentorship positions during Summer Camp.” Led by Jessi Chartier of Mobile Makers, the Chicago App Camp for Girls will provide a curriculum of panels and speakers, including Ellen Shapiro of SpotHero and Lakshmi Shenoy of 1871.
App Camp For Girls hopes to inspire middle-school age girls with a broad introduction to the process of app development, from brainstorming and designing ideas to building and pitching their apps. By creating an app that runs on a device in one week, girls will be encouraged to further explore the field. App Camp for Girls will also provide networking, support, and other opportunities for women in the tech community, and is also seeking volunteers for the event.
(Yes, men can also volunteer for App Camp for Girls as well. Plus, you can also join the list of donors and supporters for App Camp for Girls.)
Having worked with 176 aspiring developers and over 60 mentor volunteers over the last four years, App Camp For Girls has driven their mission towards facilitating gender equality in technology. If there is an 8th or 9th grader in your life who you think would be a great fit, please encourage them to register for App Camp For Girls.
It’s one week that will make a big impact both in Chicago….and in gender equality.
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