April 2017 Innovation Technical Activity Committees

Girls Who Code

I was watching IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s opening keynote at Interconnect in Los Vages last week, the last part of her speech really caught my attention and greatly touched me. She invited Reshna Saujani onto the stage, together with 3 other high school girls. Reshna Saujani is the founder of “Girls Who Code”. She has a goal to teach 1 million girls to code by 2020.  Forty thousand girls were taught coding so far. Reshna is an attorney, a politician, 1st Indian American women to run US congress, a proud product of the American Dream. She brought on 3 amazing girls with her, each spoke about their personal experience in coding.

In IEEE TEMS we have a Digital Enterprise TAC, to be honest, I would rather call that Digital Disruption TAC because the digital revolution is more of a disruption to the traditional ways of doing engineering design, build and deliver and customer support of any product or services. In order to prepare for the coming, like it or not, the digital age, we must engage more woman to enter the field. There is no better ways to begin engaging young girls from high school, or even middle school, to develop their interest and pride in coding. I thought I share this observation with our Digital TAC members.

Below are some photos of Reshna Saujani and the girls who codes. These girls are being recognized by the IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. They all received a paid internship at IBM, it was announced at the event.

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