If you’ve been anywhere near tech-related social media in the past several years, you’ve probably read about or heard of the growing discontent amongst female developers. Much of the ire has been focused on conferences and speaking events, where women are underrepresented (or not represented at all) in speaking slots and harassed by men on the convention floor. While there’s no acceptable excuse for the mistreatment of any group, let alone women, a legitimate argument can be made that the gender make-up of conference speaker lists can’t possible match the gender make-up of society at large because the tech community’s female ranks are small to begin with. Luckily, there are individuals and organizations out there stepping into the fray to solve this chicken-and-egg problem. One of them is App Camp for Girls.
From their website:
App Camp For Girls wants to address the gender imbalance among software developers by giving girls the chance to learn how to build apps, to be inspired by women instructors, and to get exposure to software development as a career.
Some problems need to be addressed at the source, and App Camp for Girls is doing just that. By reaching girls in their formative years and showing them the possibilities of a career in software development, a new generation of female programmers can grow up believing their dreams are within their reach. And perhaps we’ll have that gender parity the current generation is seeking.
As a non-profit organization, App Camp for Girls relies on the generous support of the community at large for its operational costs. A new campaign on crowdfunding site Indiegogo lets donors contribute the amount of their choosing in exchange for everything from virtual thank-you cards and camp t-shirts to programming textbooks and limited edition prints honoring female programming pioneer Ada Lovelace. The campaign is accepting contributions until July 16th, so donate now.