“Fail fast, fail hard, fail often”

March 05, 2014

“So as far as I’m concerned, we run the internet. Women Facebook more; they tweet more; they make 85 percent of all consumer purchases. We should be sitting on the other side.”

Reshma Saujani is the CEO and Founder of Girls Who Code. She has an immense passion for inspiring the next generation of female technologists and attaining gender parity in computer science. Her family came to the United States as refugees from Uganda in 1972, and she grew up outside of Chicago. She has a masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a JD from Yale Law School. She worked as the Deputy Public Advocate of New York City and now works full time as the CEO of Girls Who Code, based in New York.

Are you a high school girl? The application for the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program opened last month and is due on March 5th! Check out the application at https://girlswhocode.com/programs.

Reshma also recommends trying find organizations in your community promoting computer science education. Check out other organizations trying to promote computer science! Try going to Code.org (http://code.org), Black Girls Code (http://www.blackgirlscode.com), Technovation (http://www.technovationchallenge.org/home), and Webgrrls (http://www.webgrrls.com).

How have you dealt with failure? How can you apply Reshma’s advice to “fail fast, fail hard, and fail often” to your life? Respond in the comments!

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Check out this article in the ACM-W Newsletter written by Rachel Mellon and Saguna Goel here!