Screening of CODE: Debugging the gender gap
CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?
In America, tech jobs are growing three times faster than colleges are producing computer science graduates. By 2020, there will be one million unfilled software engineering jobs in the USA. The film examines the reasons why more girls are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in this national crisis. It aims to raise awareness and inspire change in the educational system, in startup culture and in the way women see themselves in the field of coding. It also identifies breakthrough efforts that are producing more diverse programmers. CODE asks and seeks to answer: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code and how do we get there? There are strong parallels between the American and Australian/West Australian experience.