For years we all have been hearing about coding. We know how to log on to the internet but do we know how that site was built? How are the words scrolling across the screen? Did you just pick from a list of templates when you started your first blog? This is what coding is. It can be described as the unique codes behind websites and graphics. Each site is coded. If you knew how to code, then it would probably change your career and your checking account balance.
There have been discussions about coding being added to the curriculum for students. With the way the world is changing and technology becoming more advanced, it would be smart to learn how to create the technology instead of just consuming it. Even President Obama sided with this notion. You know the founder of Facebook taught himself coding? That means that you can too. One of the most important reasons more black and Latinos should get into coding is so that field can be diverse too. Everyone can’t attend MIT or Standford, but you can learn to code. Just think, some two-year-olds know how to browse YouTube for their favorite cartoon, so if they learn how to code at a young age, then the possibilities are endless.
There is an abundance of Black coders out there doing all they can to make sure the coding industry involves diversity.
Tristan Walker is the founder and chair of the board of CODE2040 and Laura Weidman Powers, is the organization’s founding executive director. CODE2040 an organization that matches black and Latino undergraduate and graduate coders and software engineering students with Silicon Valley start-ups for summer internships. If you haven’t heard, Silicon Valley has a significant color shortage.
Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls CODE, started her career in computer engineering when Apple computers first a came out. Noticing that there weren’t many people who shared her cultural background, she felt it was important to share her knowledge. Black Girls CODE reaches out to communities with workshops and through after school programs to show people that Black girls can code and create. According to their website, they hope to train 1 million girls to code by 2040.
Legand Burge is the Professor and Chairman of Computer Science at Howard University. One of the top HBCU’S is trying it’s best to get those top tech companies to pay attention and hire its graduates. Burge has been working on this for a decade. According to an article published on Bloomberg.com, Burge was able to get Pinterest, Dropbox, and Facebook interested in, but progress has been slow.
The effort continues but if you are looking into going into coding, then you should do some research into the backgrounds of these Black coders.
There is also numerous sites that teach coding for FREE!
Written By: Deprina Godboldo, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic