Can You Hack It?

Photo courtesy of Black Girls Code

Think about the apps you use every day: Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter … Someone used coding to create them and there’s no reason why you can’t do the same!

By L’Oreal Thompson Payton

 

This summer, Black Girls Code (BGC) is traveling coast to coast to give you a crash course in coding with its all-girl hackathons! You’ll get to create apps and tools, while working with other teens and experienced mentors.

“We offer Black girls and other girls of color an environment to learn code and computer science principles in the company of other girls like themselves and with mentorship from women they can see themselves becoming,” says Hope Lehman, program coordinator of Black Girls Code, a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to empowering young women of color through technology education. “Ultimately, we want to make sure that Black girls and girls of color are not only included in this tech revolution, but are prepared to take on leadership roles within this field and/or start their own STEM organizations for social good.”

Keep reading to discover what coding opportunities may be in your backyard — from BGC and other organizations!

CALIFORNIA:
Black Girls Code Hackathon
When: June 19-21
Where: Impact Hub in Oakland
Details: With more than 100 other girls in middle and high school, you’ll work in teams and compete against each other to build a groundbreaking app with a social justice theme. You’ll also learn how to use several app design platforms, such as App Inventor, Appery.io, and Java.

Black Girls Code Summer Camp
When: August 10-14
Where: Location TBD
Details: For five days, you’ll get hands-on, project-based instruction. Each camp day runs for six hours and includes lunch, breaks, community building, field trips, and plenty of coding!

Sunday Workshops by ThoughtStem 
When: Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon or from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: University of California San Diego
Details: Open to ages 8-18, these weekly workshops (you can sign up for as many as you’d like) let you choose your own challenge, build your skills at your own pace, and get the chance to win stuff. Learn to code and earn prizes? Bet.

NEW YORK:
Black Girls Code Hackathon
When: July 24-July 26
Where: Location TBD
Details: With more than 100 other girls in middle and high school, you’ll work in teams and compete against each other to build a groundbreaking app with a social justice theme. You’ll also learn how to use several app design platforms, such as App Inventor, Appery.io, and Java.

Black Girls Code Summer Camp
When: August 10-14
Where: Location TBD
Details: For five days, you’ll get hands-on, project-based instruction. Each camp day runs for six hours and includes lunch, breaks, community building, field trips, and plenty of coding!

The New York Code + Design Academy’s 4-Week Code Camp
When: Next session begins June 29
Where: Camps are available in NYC, the Hamptons, Westchester, and Philadelphia
Details: At these amazing camps, you’ll have a chance to build websites and web applications using programs, such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Black Girls Code Summer Camp
When: July 27-31
Where: Location TBD
Details: For five days, you’ll get hands-on, project-based instruction. Each camp day runs for six hours and includes lunch, breaks, community building, field trips, and plenty of coding!

NORTH CAROLINA
Black Girls Code Summer Camp
When: July 20-24
Where: Location TBD in Raleigh/Durham
Details: For five days, you’ll get hands-on, project-based instruction. Each camp day runs for six hours and includes lunch, breaks, community building, field trips, and plenty of coding!

Find even MORE coding events in the summer issue of Sesi! Shipping begins in the middle of June, so make sure you subscribe today!

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Quarterly print teen magazine for Black girls ages 13 to 19. Covering The Black Girl's Mainstream™

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