Google gets girls into app development


Female scientists front world record app-a-thon at Google

An all-female group of IT experts, engineers and scientists will take over the Google Campus at the heart of London’s Tech City on Saturday 13 June to teach school kids to build smartphone apps in a Guinness World Record bid.

Led by Brunel University London lecturer, Dr Lela Koulouri, and UCL academic, Dr Sue Black, the App-a-thon will involve thousands of kids across the UK from age 10 upwards using a simple drag and drop app-building tool.

Said Koulouri: “While we aim to break the Guinness World Record for people learning to code mobile apps at the same time, the main objective is to change perceptions.

“By having people learn from female trainers, we’ll demonstrate to young girls and boys that IT careers can be fun and that female scientists are not geeks or freaks but absolutely normal women,” she added.

The App-a-thon is organised by the British Computer Society and the Chartered Institute for IT.


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