The Next Generation of Women Engineers
The next generation of engineers and coders are brimming with ideas for new apps, competitive startups, and social good concepts. This week, Uber’s New York City office hosted a group of aspiring young women entrepreneurs and heard their well-prepared pitches for apps relating to food, safety, news, transportation, and education.
The group included 60 high-school juniors and seniors from around the tri-state area who recently graduated from the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program. Girls Who Code is an educational organization that trains and provides career advice for young women with an interest in technology. In partnership with the private sector, they aim to close the gender gap in STEM education and tech jobs. By next spring, the Girls Who Code alumnae network will be more than 10,000 strong (and growing).
The graduates pitched their app concepts to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Girls Who Code Founder and CEO Reshma Saujani, Uber’s East Coast General Manager Rachel Holt, and Uber software engineer Behrooz Badii.
Following the pitch presentations, Travis and Reshma participated in a fireside chat, reminiscing about their early careers and relaying their learnings to those who want to pursue an engineering or entrepreneurial path.
“As technology becomes more and more integral to the success of our society, it is vital that we have talented employees and entrepreneurs to fill tech jobs and drive innovation. Girls Who Code seeks to mentor and tap into the talent of girls with an interest in STEM, build a workforce of young women engineers, and close the gender gap in computer science jobs. As these young women present the culmination of their learnings at the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, I can think of no better audience than the leaders of Uber, a company where many of these girls aspire to work for or emulate themselves.”
– Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code