NEW YORK, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Girls Who Code and IAC today announced the launch of the first ever Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at IAC, working to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in the technology sector. With this commitment, IAC joins Girls Who Code in its nationwide expansion to close the gender gap in computing fields.
"It is imperative that we educate the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs, and innovators and increase the number of women in the ranks of computer science professionals," said Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive, IAC. "This work is paramount to the continued success of our company, and we are proud to partner with Girls Who Code for their Summer Immersion Program."
In 2012, Girls Who Code introduced a new model for computer science education, pairing intensive instruction in computer science and exposure and mentorship from the best in the field. In its 8-week Summer Immersion Program, Girls Who Code and IAC will embed 20 high school girls from the New York City community inside the halls of IAC, where each will receive 300 hours of instruction and hands-on experience in programming fundamentals, web development and design, robotics, and mobile development.
"Girls Who Code was founded because we believe that female engineers, entrepreneurs, and innovators are our future. The young women of the IAC Summer Immersion Program are leading the charge in our movement to change the face of technology in America," said Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code.
The 20 girls in the IAC program will get first-hand experience at companies like The Daily Beast, Vimeo and CollegeHumor and meet with IAC executives that include Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Tutor.com; Shana Fisher, Managing Partner, High Line Venture Partners; Sharmistha Dubey, Chief Product Officer, Tutor.com; Dae Mellencamp, President, Vimeo; Sam Yagan, CEO, Match, Inc. and co-founder of OkCupid; Ricky Van Veen, co-founder of CollegeHumor and Laura Caraccioli, President of Content Marketing, Electus. The program will run from July 8 through August 30.
IAC is one of nine nationwide partners in the 2013 Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs. Programs launch this summer in New York, San Jose, Davis, Detroit, and San Francisco in partnership with AT&T, Cornell Tech, eBay, Goldman Sachs, IAC, Intel, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Twitter.
ABOUT GIRLS WHO CODE
Launched in Spring 2012, Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. With support from public and private partners, Girls Who Code works to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields.
IAC (NASDAQ: IACI) is a leading media and internet company comprised of more than 150 brands and products, including Ask.com, About.com, Match.com, HomeAdvisor.com and Vimeo.com. Focused in the areas of search, applications, online dating, local and media, IAC's family of websites is one of the largest in the world, with more than a billion monthly visits across more than 30 countries. The company is headquartered in New York City with offices in various locations throughout the U.S. and internationally. To view a full list of the companies of IAC, please visit our website at www.iac.com.
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