On July 24, three teen girls, N’Dea Jackson, Adia-Simone Rhoden and Marissa Rivera participated in and won a Black Girls Code Hackathon and $2,000 with their design and creation of Mana, an app that allows students to host online study groups, share notes taken in class and utilize tools such as digital flashcards.
The three day event, hosted in Brooklyn, NY, realized 16 teams of girls, between the ages of 12-17, working on an assignment in the name of social justice. Other participants created their versions of solutions to other pressing issues such as bullying and helping the environment.
Although Mana is currently only available in a “beta” test, the girls are hopeful that investors will learn of their creation and help fund the full development and delivery of it.
Now in its fourth year, Black Girls Code was founded by Kimberly Bryant to bring basic computer programming and coding skills to to young women of color between the ages of 6-12. What was once just a West Coast operation, has grown to include chapters across the nation that offer summer camps, after-school workshops and more.
This is a great movement for young black or brown girls to really expand their horizons and set themselves up for successful careers in one of the fastest growing industries.