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Girls Who Code receives US$1.2 million grant from Uber

By Nickey Ross - on 25 Aug 2017, 6:30pm

Girls Who Code receives US$1.2 million grant from Uber

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Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization that wishes to fill the tech industry's gender gap, is receiving a US$1.2 million (~RM5.13 million) grant from Uber. Uber's newly appointed Chief Brand Officer, Bozoma Saint John will be joining the Girls Who Code board of directors as part of the multi-year alliance.

In March, Uber promised to donate USD3 million (~RM12.83 million) to organizations pushing for diversity in the tech industry over the next three years. The partnership with Girls Who Code is Uber's first endowment in line with its pledge.

Girls Who Code will be using the funds to teach 60,000 girls more technical skills. Previously, 40,000 girls have been taught by Girls Who Code through summer programs and after school clubs. Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code Reshma Saujani says that the organization is working to extend the program to places where kids have minimal access. Not only that, but several Uber staff members of all genders will also put together mentorship programs and coding workshops at Girls Who Code branches throughout the U.S. 

Joining the Girls Who Code board of directors also means that Saint John now has the responsibility to ensure that girls who want to learn technical skills achieve success, something she considers to be more of a philosophical task. Furthermore, Saint John stated that she intends to expose her eight-year-old daughter to coding as well. 

Source: TechCrunch.