Code to Inspire Welcomes Titans of Industry to Its Advisory Board

 

Here at Code to Inspire, we need a team that is representative of our school – strong, forwardthinkers who want to make an impact. For that reason, we were thrilled to welcome both  Evanna Hu and Judd Bagley to our Advisory Board.

Evanna, who has vast experience working in the tech industry, will be able to add an unique perspective on the latest industry developments and guide our business. Meanwhile Judd, who is currently the Director of Communications for Overstock.com, will provide strategic counsel to our communications team.

Evanna Hu

Evanna is a technologist, facilitator, and entrepreneur aiming to increase access to information. She specializes in user experience, design, and relations with host countries and relevant actors in volatile contexts, including Kandahar, Afghanistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Syria. Her passions include human rights activism, journalism, education and employment, and countering violent extremism.

Evanna is also a highly-sought after public speaker on the intersection of technology and private-public partnership, youth inclusiveness, and private sector development. In addition, she has acted as a mediator and facilitator for various inter-governmental agencies.

She graduated from the University of Chicago with a dual degree in Political Science and Romance Language and Literature (French). She currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey.

Judd Bagely

Judd Bagley is the Director of Communications at Overstock.com where he specializes in communication, presentation development, speechwriting, and earned media. A former journalist and life-long technologist, Judd joined the team of Overstock.com in 2006 bringing an arsenal of creative and technical skills to the role. Prior to Overstock.com, he served as the Director of Public Relations for Summit Group. Judd’s deep understanding of technology and its vast potential continues to present new and exciting avenues full of growth and discovery. In 2016, Judd and his team at Overstock.com donated laptops to Code to Inspire and ultimately joined the advisory board.Judd graduated with honors from Florida State University with  a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish. He currently resides in Salt Lake City, and loves to travel. You can follow his adventures on Twitter:  twitter.com/writerjudd

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This All-Female Coding School In Afghanistan Is Inspiring The Younger Gen. Of STEM Girls

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There is a movement happening around the world to engage especially young women and girls in STEM industries. Given that our society is only going to continue to innovate, it only makes sense to ensure girls are part of the science, tech, engineering & math industries at the same rate as boys.

Right now there is a substantial gender gap, most notably in the tech world. In the US, the home to tech mecca Silicon Valley, there are a number of major tech companies whose data reveals women make up an average of only 30{1e5b5b8455e4fd0a501a0ba32c7b6cedbd9d99491662a4a0878218331661888d} of staff, and that number decreases when you look at specific leadership or engineering positions.

The lack of gender diversity becomes even more pertinent when we see the rate of demand for tech jobs is growing, but the positions are not being filled at an adequate rate in certain areas. Thankfully we are seeing a number of brands such as Google who have launched a number of initiatives to get girls excited about learning coding.

And smaller organizations such as Beverly Bond’s Black Girls Code, and Reshma Saujani’sGirls Who Code are getting in at the grass roots level while girls are in elementary school so they can be introduced to engineering and coding from a young age.

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It’s not just brands and companies who recognize the need, there are everyday women who want to be part of the momentum to balance the gender scales in an industry that has been male-dominated since its inception. This Chicago mom turned her daughter’s love of science into a reason to serve low-income minority girls in her community to give them a chance to compete in one of the fastest-growing industries in the world.

Read more at http://girltalkhq.com/this-all-female-coding-school-in-afghanistan-is-inspiring-the-younger-gen-of-stem-girls/

 

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Big Thank You to our Friends at Deloitte for Impact Day

Outstanding effort from the Deloitte and Code to Inspire team’s, working together to help build ‪#‎Afghanistan‬ by building education centers that teach young women in #Afghanistan how to code so they can achieve financial empowerment by becoming programmers. A special thanks to our own Mark D’Agostino and Tyler Mulvihill for helping make this happen.

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Checkout Fereshteh’s podcast with tCode Newbie

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Fereshteh Forough wanted to help women in Afghanistan. She knew that attaining education was difficult, let alone technical training, and the cultural attitudes towards women didn’t help. But she tackled these issues head on by starting the first coding school for women in Afghanistan. She talks to us about how she started the program, how she took on the different challenges her students face, and how her training in computer science and her previous role as a computer science professor affected her decision to open Code To Inspire.

http://www.codenewbie.org/podcast/afghan-women-coding

 

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Women Change Maker; Fereshteh Forough on technology and cultural change

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Fereshteh Forough – founder and CEO of Code to Inspire – is bringing hope, opportunity and empowerment to women and girls in Afghanistan, changing cultural norms along the way. She shares with Woman ChangeMAKER her efforts to educate female students in her homeland, improving their technical literacy and employment prospects, and breaking down societal barriers. Read more at http://www.womanchangemaker.net/article/fereshteh-forough-on-technology-and-cultural-change/

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