Ladies Learning Code, an organization dedicated to teaching digital literacy to women and youth through nationwide workshops, is already seeing great returns on one of its latest and biggest initiatives.
Last week, LLC launched an Indiegogo campaign for code:mobile, a travelling computer lab on wheels, to kickstart a cross-Canada journey bringing hands-on, interactive technology to Canadian youth. Just three days after going live on September 25th, code:mobile has already reached $12,395 of its $50,000 goal.
If LLC reaches the $50,000 crowdfunding goal, its members will visit more than 22 of the organization’s chapter cities across Canada from May to September 2016, including surrounding communities should there be any interest. The organization will visit large and small communities in both privileged and underprivileged areas, and will stop by local parks, community centres, summer camps, street festivals, and aboriginal reserves to teach more than 10,000 kids to code.
“The code:mobile is our big bold move to inspire the next generation of technologists,” said Laura Plant, Ladies Learning Code’s co-executive director. “Since its inception in 2011, Ladies Learning Code has held over 600 workshops and events and reached over 24,000 learners across the country and we keep wanting to push that impact. In May, we announced a goal to teach 200,000 Canadian women and youth to code by 2020 and the code:mobile will help us make a big dent in our goal.”