Bellagio fountain view from my window. Nice way to end my first day of #CES2014.
In 1984, 38% of computer science degrees were awarded to women; today, women represent less than 12% of computer science majors. Across the United States, 0.3% of high school girls express interest in studying computer science.
Girls Who Code, a program founded in 2012 by Reshma Saujani, stands to close the STEM gender gap. By pairing intensive instruction in computer science with mentorship and exposure from the industry’s leading entrepreneurs and engineers, Girls Who Code provides the motivation and training to young women who aspire to break into the technology and engineering fields.
This June marked the launch of the 2013 Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs, in which 160 young women in New York City, Detroit, San Jose, Davis, and San Francisco, were selected to participate through a competitive application and review process. In each of its 8-week Summer Immersion Programs, Girls Who Code will embed 20 young women inside eight partner companies—Twitter, Intel, eBay, Goldman Sachs, AT&T, GE, Cornell Tech, and IAC—from 9am to 5pm each day, where each girl will receive hands-on experience in programming fundamentals, web development and design, robotics, and mobile development, tour the halls of Google, Microsoft and Twitter, and meet with the likes of Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey.
Learn more about Girls Who Code here.
Almost exactly two years ago, Google announced its purchase of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. It was the company’s biggest deal ever, far exceeding previous big buys like YouTube for $1.7 billion and DoubleClick for $3.1 billion. Both of those acquisitions were hugely successful, but the Motorola purchase seemed baffling. Mainly, it seemed to provide Google with valuable intellectual property that would allow the company to defend itself against a tidal wave of patent lawsuits. Motorola—the inventor of the very first cell phone—had a great patent portfolio indeed. But the estimated worth of those patents was less than half Google’s purchase price. The other portion brought Google a money-bleeding Chicago-area-based hardware business. The purchase would almost double Google’s head count with employees who brought little to the bottom line. Employees who were not Googly, in a business that seemingly didn’t scale. What was Google thinking?
Finally, we have the answer. The Moto X, announced today, marks the arrival, finally, of the Google Phone.