By Yolanda Spivey
Black Girls Code, a San Francisco based nonprofit group are the new winners of the Windows Azure Developers Competition. Microsoft announced on Wednesday that the prestigious organization beat out Code.org and Coder Dojo which are other technology education non-for-profits. Black Girls Code took home a grand prize of $50,000.
The founder of Black Girls Code, Kimberly Bryant was elated at the win. She stated, “As the mother of a 14-year-old daughter, I really felt that it was important that she have the opportunities that I did not receive as a child. Women of color are the least represented in the technology space today and now we represent less than 3% of those receiving degrees in computer science.”
Black Girls Code was founded in 2011 and is devoted to showing the world that Black girls can code and compete in the world of technology. It’s dedicated to serving young ladies between the ages of 7 to 17, giving them a chance to develop skills to become programmers in the future. Their ultimate goal is to give young women of color the opportunity to work in technology and give underprivileged girls the chance to become masters in the technology field which would ensure their survival in the 21st century.
The now popular non-for-profit is slowly growing—they recently launched a branch in New York City and plan on expanding to other major cities in the near future.
For more information and to make a donation, you can visit their website at www.blackgirlscode.com .