Square's pocketable plastic accessory changed the game for mobile payments, and now the company is hoping to make the same waves in the development of women in engineering. For the second year in a row, the San Francisco-based startup is hosting a ladies-only, all-expenses paid Code Camp at Square to encourage more women to pursue opportunities in engineering and technology.
But this time the program, which takes place at Square HQ in San Francisco, will reach more girls. Square is splitting its engineering workshops into a High School Code Camp and a College Code Camp.
The High School Code Camp will span eight months, and is designed for young women based in San Francisco who are preparing for the AP Computer Science exam. During the camp, the participants will attend lectures, programming sessions, and mobile development workshops with Square engineers. Only eight female high school students will be selected for the program, so submit your essay by September 27.
College students will be invited for a four-day immersion that includes learning new coding languages, leadership building activities, and taking a tour around the city. Square is extending the College Code Camp program to 20 future leading ladies in computer science this year (last October, Square only accepted 15).
In Women 2.0, Monica Starr, a Wellesley College junior who participated last year, said that Tech Trek, which are two and a half hour intensives in different areas of engineering, made her a "stronger developer." Brush up your resume and submit an essay explaining why you'd like to be a part of the program online at squareup.com/codecamp by October 25.
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