Black Girls CODE Presents
Detroit Chapter - "Kickoff"
Wednesday, July 24th 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
You've asked for it, we've listened.
Now it's time to ACT!
Celebrate with us during the kickoff event to our Detroit Chapter of Black Girls CODE
Allow us to re-introduce ourselves:
We are Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit organization whose mission has transformed to a global movement to give young girls of color the tools to become inventors, leaders and creators of their own future in the world’s technology economy. To date we have educated and introduced computer programming to over 1,200 girls of color (Black, Latina and Native American).
The event will help support our expanded Summer of CODE 2013 and bring our mobile lab to 10 new cities and reach 2,000 more girls. In addition, we will discuss the development of Detroit Chapter of Black Girls CODE.
Since last year's Summer of CODE 2012 campaign, Black Girls CODE has received request from over 80 cities around the nation and Caribbean Islands asking us to bring our workshops to their community. Dedicated to our mission we are once again bootstrapping and looking for your help to join us on our mission in building the next generation of techies in these 10 new cities. You've asked for it, we've listened. Now it's time to act!
440 Burroughs Street
Detroit, MI 48202
Tech Panel Will Include:
Born and raised in Detroit Kelly LaPierre earned a BA in Psychology from University of Michigan and a MBA from Harvard Business School. She has 4 years merchandising and marketing experience at Target Corporate. She later worked at Bizdom, a Detroit based entrepreneurship accelerator and TechStars, a Boston early stage investment fund. Currently Director of Marketing for Grand Circus, technology training institute in Detroit.
Erika Carlson wrote her first line of Python code in 2011 and fell in love. She is currently a software developer at Pillar Technology, and co-founded the Detroit chapter of Girl Develop It in 2012. Erika is passionate about the power of technology to empower, uplift and inspire, and she believes that diversity of background and thought are the keys to building technology that will change the world. When she's not writing code, she's writing curriculum: Erika teaches web development, gives introductory programming presentations at elementary schools, and is working to create more opportunities for technology education in Detroit.
Check out the 3-minute short documentary trailer:
Can't attend but want to support the crowdfunding campaign to help build a Detroit Chapter and educate 2,000 girls around the nation? Donate Now!
We are currently accepting corporate, media, and community event sponsors.
Thank You to our sponsors:
About Summer of CODE
Black Girls CODE’s Summer of CODE campaign was created as vehicle to bridge the digital divide and change the face of the technology industry in the United States. The campaign serves as an awareness program to future Black Girls CODE's workshops taking place in cities all over the country. Black Girls CODE will travel to 10 new cities in 2013 over the span of 45 days to introduce young girls of color (Black, Latina and Native American) to computer programming and digital technology.
Cities during 2013's campaign include: Los Angeles, CA; Memphis, TN; Detroit, MI; Washington, D.C.; Pittsburgh, PA; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; Denver, CO; New York, NY; Miami, FL.
I would love to volunteer for this event, where do I sign up?
Black Girls CODE is looking for volunteers to help with the event. Please email Abby Bobe' at email@example.com, Subject Line: "Volunteer - Detroit"
How can I host a screening of the Black Girls CODE short documentary?
Excited to see the short documentary "Black Girls CODE?" Consider hosting one in your community. Sign up now: http://goo.gl/oAifq
Our mission is to increase diversity in the technology space by empowering young women of color between the ages of 7-17 to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders and creators.
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