During the European Coding Week, which was attended by Fondazione Mondo Digitale, the US Embassy and Microsoft Italia, the Coding Girls project was presented, which is now officially an association.
Coding Girls aims to enhance women's talents in the field of Steam and, among its strengths, it can account for the multiplier effect of peer education and the development of a women's e-leadership.
The movement, from the bottom, is part of the Italian schools to involve all the civil society spheres, with the goal of networking women's excellence and supporting the emergence of pink talents in the ICT sector.
It is an important goal if we consider the quantitative and qualitative gender gap that can not be filled, especially in Italy, where there are one out of three women employed in the IT sector. Furthermore, the world framework is even more critical if we count women employed in ICT, which do not exceed 20%, according to OECD data.
Guided by American Emily Thomforde, Code Educator and Science Technology Engineering Specialist STEAM, from November 6 to 17, the most talented Italian students will be the protagonists of an itinerant training relay that will involve students from 20 schools in Milan, Rome, Naples and Catania.
The girls will face four regional hackathons. Then there are local, widespread and intensive workouts for girls who want to become tutors, with monthly training sessions.