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Kids, Code and Diversity

URL: http://sharpfivesoftware.com/, http://www.codesavvy.org,

Minnesota’s tech community is awesome, but not very diverse. Wouldn’t it be cool if there were more women in tech? How many African American, Hmong or Latino developers do you know? How can we fix these digital divides?

Part of the answer is starting young, and making sure that girls and kids of color have the opportunity and encouragement to learn to code. You can help. Come learn what it’s like to volunteer helping young people to code.

This session highlights the Technovation Challenge and the Northside Code Clubs, two initiatives from the local nonprofit, Code Savvy. We’ll also include a quick update of local CoderDojos (including CoderDojoTC) plus other opportunities that combine kids and code.

• Technovation[MN] enables young women to dream up, design, code and pitch original mobile apps – a unique blend of technical and entrepreneurial challenges. This year there are 30+ teams are now gearing up to present their apps at the gala Appapalooza in the Minneapolis Convention Center on May 3. Learn how you can help Technovation[MN] and other initiatives encouraging girls and young women to code.

• The Northside Code Clubs are places for kids and teens to learn to code in a free, fun, open-ended environment, out of school at several partner sites in North Minneapolis. The program is now expanding to other targeted communities. The young coders explore Scratch, AppInventor and Web languages as well as electronics and robots. Most importantly, they enjoy becoming creators – not just users – of modern technology.

Join us to inspire a diverse, new code-savvy generation!


Minnebar 10 (2015-04-11)


Jaim Zuber, Jean Weiss, Marie Gottschalk, Rebecca Schatz