CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
September 20, 2016 (6:30 pm - 9:30 pm)
CODE: Debugging The Gender Gap
6:30pm, Sept 20, Al Whittle Theatre
This movie exposes the dearth of female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide.
Tech jobs are growing three times faster than our colleges are producing computer science graduates. By 2019 there will be 182,000 jobs in information and communications technology that will go unfilled by homegrown Canadian talent because not enough people will have the right skills.
Through compelling interviews, artistic animation and clever flashpoints in popular culture, CODE examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking out opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles, and sexism all play roles in this national crisis. Expert voices from the worlds of tech, psychology, science, and education are intercut with personal stories of women who are engaged in the fight to challenge complacency in the tech industry and have their voices heard. CODE aims to inspire change in mindsets, in the educational system, in startup culture and in the way women see themselves in the field of coding.
This screening will feature an introductory keynote address by Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President and CEO of Digital Nova Scotia, to provide Canadian context to the film. CODE will also be followed by an interactive panel discussion.