Code Like a Girl supports female computing roles

Photo: Linda Robertson
Photo: Linda Robertson
Award-winning entrepreneur, computer coder, and computer science educator Ally Watson, of Melbourne, Australia, helps (from left, facing camera), Olivia Pointon and Brianna Paterson (both 8), both of Mosgiel, and (foreground) Camille Genobe (8), of Dunedin, during a ''Coding Fundamentals'' workshop at the University of Otago, during the latest New Zealand International Science Festival.

Scottish-born Ms Watson is the co-founder of Code Like a Girl, an organisation that ''exists to encourage females of all ages to get into, or stay in, skilled tech and digital jobs'', she explained.

During yesterday's workshop for 8 to 16-year-olds, she outlined the key roles women have played in the evolution of computer science, including the development of computer code language, and in the Nasa space programme, and the importance of systematic detective work in trying to trace computer coding ''bugs''. 

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