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Slumber Party at Google: Mindy Kaling, Chelsea Clinton and Icona Pop Coax Girls Into Coding

Teens, celebs, coders and pop singers onstage at Made w/ Code. (Photo by Getty)

Yesterday, Google packed 150 girls, their chaperones and a slew of celebrities into the Skylight Modern for their inaugural Made w/ Code event. The young ladies enjoyed a light-up dance show, a make-your-own bracelet station, free candy and popcorn, a three-song Icona Pop performance, and talks from three badass female coders.

The vibe vacillated from slumber party to coding camp to TED talk to pop concert. It was awesome. Read More

Closing the Gender Gap: A Peek Inside Programs to Train Female Developers

The 20 Girls Who Code participants working out of AppNexus's Flatiron office (Photo: girlswhocode.tumblr.com)

“Maliyah, step away from the mouse!” called Ashley Gavin, a software engineer at the MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and instructor at the Girls Who Code summer program. Maliyah Greene, the recipient of Ms. Gavin’s reprimand, reluctantly tore herself away from Photoshop to come and talk to Betabeat. We were sitting in AppNexus’s Flatiron office, watching her fellow Girls Who Code students work on virtually tagging brick walls with their names. “It’s not as hard as I thought it would be,” Ms. Greene smiled.

She is one of 20 high school girls who gave up summer vacation to learn about app development, robotics, web design and other topics at Girls Who Code, a summer computer-engineering program for girls.

Though this is its first summer in existence, Girls Who Code already boasts executives from Gilt Groupe, Twitter and General Electric on its board and has been working with AppNexus and other New York startups throughout the summer. Read More