Black Girls Code organization wins first place, $50,000 grant in AzureDev community campaign

Black Girls Code, an organization that teaches girls ages 7 to 17 computer programming skills, is the first-place winner of the AzureDev Community Campaign, which focuses on technology education and on changing the world through code, regardless of programming language. Black Girls Code was awarded $50,000 out of a total of $100,000 in grant money awarded to five nonprofit organizations., dedicated to making computer science education available in more schools and to increasing participation from women and underrepresented students of color, won second place and $20,000, the Windows Azure blog reports.

Three third-place winners each received $10,000: CoderDojo, Teaching Kids Programming and CodeDay by StudentRND.

Kimberly Bryant, the founder of Black Girls Code, said the organization teaches girls about everything from basic robotics to mobile app development and game design.

Black Girls Code’s goal is to “create the Girl Scouts of technology, if you will … empowering these girls to be even more than they believe they can be,” she says in the video above.

To read more about these inspiring organizations, head over to the Windows Azure blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff