Girls Who Pitch

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A lot of high-school students spend their summers lifeguarding, scooping ice cream or mowing lawns.

Twenty young women in the San Francisco Bay Area spent the last eight weeks learning how to write code, design games and build mobile apps. More than 300 hours of training culminated last week in one of our conference rooms on Sand Hill Road where the girls pitched their ideas. 

One of the girls was Lexi Grubman, a 16 year old from San Jose, who’s on her school’s robotics team.

But when her vice principal approached her about the summer program, run by the non-profit organization Girls Who Code, she hesitated. “I wasn’t sure about coding,” she says. She didn’t want to be a programmer.