This week, Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant was among 11 honorees to receive the White House’s “Champions of Change for Tech Inclusion” award.
The initiative, which President Obama launched this years, celebrates people “who are doing extraordinary things to expand technology opportunities for young learners—especially minorities, women and girls, and others from communities historically underserved or underrepresented in tech fields.”
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Bryant was honored for her work with BGC, a nonprofit she created in 2011 to help young girls learn computer programming and entrepreneurship. Since the program’s launch, the biotechnology and engineering professional has trained more than 1,500 girls “to work in technology fields such as robotics, video game design, mobile phone application development and computer programming.”
She’s had experience with companies like Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer and aims to reach one million young Blakck girls by 2040.
Other people recognized at the White House Tech Inclusion included Deena Pierott, founder and executive director of the iUrban Teen program; Ruthe Farmer, director of strategic initiatives at the National Center for Women & IT; and Theresa Freet, organizer for Developers for Good.
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