CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap — Join the Conversation 10/25 & 10/28


CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap exposes the lack of American women and minority software engineers, and poses these questions:

Why aren’t there more women and minority graduates in computer science?

What obstacles lie in the way? What is happening and what more can be done to change this situation?

Come hear the answers to these questions, and learn from the film and our speakers about the great opportunities for women in tech!

Computer code underlies the systems that run our modern world. From cell phones to banking, movie animation to plane navigation—all are driven by code. The more diverse a team of coders is, the broader their perspective of society’s needs, which can ultimately result in products that serve a wider range of humanity. However, the current make-up of leaders, engineers and coders at the top tech companies in the country is notable for its lack of diversity. Recent headlines reveal workplace sexism and discrimination in hiring and advancement.

At the present rate, by 2020 one million jobs in coding will go unfilled because there will not be enough graduates in computer science. CODE examines the reasons why more girls and

people of color have been discouraged from seeking these jobs. Along the way, we meet the new leaders and organizations who offer transformative learning opportunities in technology, specifically for girls and minorities, here in the Bay Area and across the nation.

This film combines a contemporary musical score with a blend of personal stories, expert voices, innovative animation, historic discoveries and moments from popular culture.

CODE aims to inspire changes in attitude, the educational system, startup culture and the way women see themselves in the field of coding.

The Appreciating Diversity Film Series will present “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap”, a documentary by Robin Hauser Reynolds, on Oct. 25 in Piedmont, and on Oct. 28 at The New Parkway in Oakland. All showings are free.

Join us for this lively film! We will have a speaker and representatives from community groups following the screening.

IN PIEDMONT:  Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7 PM

6:30 pm: light snacks and mingling. Film will be followed by speakers and discussion

Where: Ellen Driscoll Playhouse /325 Highland Ave, Piedmont 94611, near Oakland Avenue map

Cost:  Free, no RSVP needed

IN OAKLAND: Saturday, October 28, 2017, 3 PM

3:00 PM screening, followed by speakers and discussion

Where:  The New Parkway /474 24th Street, Oakland, 94612, near Telegraph Ave map  New Parkway Theater

Cost:     Free, no RSVP needed

(Photo courtesy of Girls Who Code)