Join the UCLA Luskin Center, the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Creative Artists Agency, and the UCLA Office of Information Technology for a free screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap followed by a panel discussion with the renowned producers.REGISTER HEREDOCUMENTARY SYNOPSISCODE: DEBUGGING THEGENDER GAP exposes the dearth of American female and minority software
engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide.
Tech jobs are growing
three times faster than our colleges are producing computer science graduates.
By 2020, there will be one million unfilled software engineering jobs in the
USA. Through compelling interviews, artistic animation and clever flashpoints in
popular culture, CODE examines the reasons why more girls and people of color
are not seeking out opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural
mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles, and sexism all play roles in this
national crisis. Expert voices from the worlds of tech, psychology, science,
and education are intercut with personal stories of women who are engaged in
the fight to challenge complacency in the tech industry and have their voices
heard. CODE aims to inspire change in mindsets, in the educational system, in
startup culture and in the way women see themselves in the field of coding.
Computer code forms
the foundation of modern society. Cell phones, apps, navigation systems,
medical equipment, banking, movie animation… are all 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 greater breadth of
CODE takes a hard look
at the pipeline question in technology: why aren’t there more women and
minority graduates in computer science? What is stopping them from getting to
the threshold? CODE follows the various challenges faced by a new generation of
women programmers and the ingenious ways they are using their skills, drive,
intellect and vision to disrupt the traditional, male-dominated tech world.
CODE looks to the
past, delving into the history of computing to highlight women like Ada
Lovelace and Grace Hopper who set the stage for today’s technology. CODE acknowledges
that women have been an important part of computing since the genesis of
computers, but have since been written out of this history.
CODE is not afraid to
ask the hard questions and does so with intelligence and a sense of humor,
examining our culture from high (the views of former Harvard President Larry
Summers on innate ability) to low (an app called “Titstare” presented
to a room of tech heavyweights).
A blend of personal
stories, expert voices, innovative animation, historic discoveries, and moments
from popular culture are complemented with a cutting edge musical score and
bolstered by a strong sense of purpose. CODE reflects, at its heart, the
interconnectedness of the stories, the web, and by proxy, the shared vision of
a new, more democratic community made possible by the inclusion of more women
in code.Directions and
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