College Code Camp III

An initiative for young women in STEM.

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Written by vanessa slavich.

Two years ago, we launched our first College Code Camp, a four-day immersion program for women studying computer science. We held our second College Code Camp in January. Inspired by the program, a Square engineer had the idea for High School Code Camp, an eight-month program designed to teach young women programming and prepare them for the AP Computer Science exam.

We’ve created a community of nearly 50 young women who have participated in Code Camp — spanning more than 20 universities in the U.S. and Canada, and six San Francisco high schools. We’ve been so inspired by what we’ve seen these young women accomplish that we decided to host our second College Code Camp of the year.

The next Code Camp will take place August 13–16 in San Francisco. Students will attend coding workshops (developed and taught by Square engineers), mentorship sessions, and tour Silicon Valley. They will also meet with Square’s inspiring women executives, including CFO Sarah Friar, Business Lead Françoise Brougher, and Engineering Lead Alyssa Henry.

College students in the U.S. and Canada can apply to the program at squareup.com/code-camp. Twenty winners will be selected to participate.

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