computer science

  • Meet Square’s Gloria Kimbwala, An Engineer Dedicated To Advancing Diversity In Tech

    Meet Square’s Gloria Kimbwala, An Engineer Dedicated To Advancing Diversity In Tech

    She went through Square’s College Code Camp exactly two years ago. Today, she’s running it. Code Camp, now in its sixth session, is a five-day program at Square designed to immerse young female computer science or engineering majors in coding workshops, leadership sessions and a hackathon. Kimbwala attended Code Camp when she was pursuing her master’s degree, in which she… Read More

  • Girls Who Code Makes Its Way Into A Mobile Game

    Girls Who Code Makes Its Way Into A Mobile Game

    A major factor that deters girls from pursuing computer science is the perception that coders are mostly white and male, according to a recent Google-commissioned Gallup survey. That’s why non-profit organization Girls Who Code has partnered with mobile game-maker Pixelberry Studios to tell the story of a young girl coder in its flagship game, “High School Story.” The… Read More

  • The Path To Expertise Crunch Network

    The Path To Expertise

    There’s a popular meme that it takes ten years of effortful study to become an expert at something. Studies show that in reality, the number of years varies a bit from subject to subject and from one individual to the next, but one thing is clear – expertise takes time. Therein lies the problem. Read More

  • People Of Color In Tech Highlights The Stories Of Racial Minorities In A Mostly White Industry

    People Of Color In Tech Highlights The Stories Of Racial Minorities In A Mostly White Industry

    When 27-year-old Ruth Mesfun started working at Excellence Girls Middle Academy in Brooklyn two years ago, there was no computer science program at the all-girls school, which is 92% African-American, 7% Latina and 1% Asian. At the time, she was a science teacher, but felt that it was really important for these young girls to have an opportunity to learn how to code. So, Mesfun approached… Read More

  • The New Era Of Youth Startups Crunch Network

    The New Era Of Youth Startups

    Facebook, Google, Yahoo — the pillars of the social revolution were all started by college students in their dorms. This was 10, 20 years ago. In the past decade, the proliferation of youth-centric startups prevails — and even flourishes. A constantly increasing 54 percent of millennials desire to start a business, according to the Kauffman Foundation, and the number of new… Read More

  • It’s Computer Science Ed Week And It’s Time To Do Something Crunch Network

    It’s Computer Science Ed Week And It’s Time To Do Something

    It’s Computer Science Education Week and for thousands of students around the country, that means nothing. So what can you do about it? Thankfully, as a member of the tech community, you can do something. Read More

  • To Bridge the Skills Gap, Focus On Improving Computer Science’s Image Crunch Network

    To Bridge the Skills Gap, Focus On Improving Computer Science’s Image

    It’s becoming increasingly clear that computer science education grapples with a stubborn image problem. And it’s one that we simply cannot afford to ignore any longer. As information technology permeates nearly every aspect of our world today – from personal mobile devices to automated HR systems to the smart grid – it fuels a rapidly growing need for computer scientists. Read More

  • The Modernization Of Computer Science Education Crunch Network

    The Modernization Of Computer Science Education

    Most people, especially in Silicon Valley, are aware that there aren’t enough engineers graduating from college today. By 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that there will be 1.4 million computer science (CS) jobs available, but only enough graduates to fill 30 percent of these jobs. What’s perhaps even more troubling, but frequently overlooked, is that the engineers who… Read More

  • Code.org: 2 Weeks And 600M+ Lines Of Code Later, 20M Students Have Learned An “Hour Of Code”

    Code.org: 2 Weeks And 600M+ Lines Of Code Later, 20M Students Have Learned An “Hour Of Code”

    Less than a year ago, brothers Hadi Partovi and Ali Partovi launched Code.org to help advocate for computer science in the U.S. and increase participation in STEM education by making these subjects more available in schools and classrooms around the country. Today, it seems that what started as a whisper has grown into a roar. On December 9, Code.org kicked off a new, nationwide campaign… Read More