The Story - Our Why
Girls today represent only 18% of all computer science graduates, nationally. 82% of girls are being left behind from participating in an exponentially growing tech career. We are here to re-write that story.
Intrigued by the question, "How can I see more of me in the technology workforce?" Betty Gronneberg who holds an M.S. in Software Engineering and was selected to the prestigious Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, founded uCodeGirl to help young girls write their future.
uCodeGirl is an enrichment program with a vision to increase the participation of young girls in technology careers.
Exposure & Opportunity is Everything
Bethlehem, also known as Betty, wrote her first computer instruction using a structured programming language called BASIC. The IBM cold machine responded with a blinking cursor, "Hello!" The year was 1991 and the place was Ethiopia. She was a second year college student majoring in Statistics, when she learned that she was one of the two women selected to pursue Computer Science as a minor, the country's first ever program offering.
At the time in Ethiopia, access to computers were a very rare occasion. So being awarded a unique opportunity and an exposure to write instructions to a computer on a regular basis was simply incredible. She was mesmerized and smitten.
Her lifelong love affair with the world of coding, now the global language of the future, has compelled her to start this non-profit organization, uCodeGirl, to bridge the gender disparity that exist in the technology industry.
uCodeGirl offers the exposure and opportunity to young girls so their imagination can be sparked too. So that they realize and exceed their potential. So that they find innovative ways to solve real-world problems with technology. So that they write their own story.
You go girl!