Gild and Girls Who Code Team to Close Computer Science Gender Gap

With more than 123 million STEM-based jobs expected by 2020, Gild and Girls Who Code are committed to helping women gain the necessary skills to compete on a level playing field.

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Gild’s vision is to unleash and maximize human potential. Our partnership with Girls Who Code aligns perfectly with our goal to help companies identify candidates based on their true skills. - Sheeroy Desai, Co-Founder and CEO of Gild

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 12, 2014

Gild (http://www.gild.com), which brings meritocracy to tech hiring through innovative recruiting technologies, today announced a new partnership with Girls Who Code, in which Gild will lend its powerful data science and proprietary algorithms to help identify top female software developers to serve as mentors and instructors for their coding courses.

Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization that aims to narrow the gender gap by introducing high school-age girls to computer science and technology through rigorous immersion programs coupled with real-life exposure to leaders in the field.

Gild will be identifying the world’s leading female software developers as possible instructors for Girls Who Code as they expand programming throughout the country. Gild Source, Gild’s flagship product, is powered by proprietary technology that scours the web for information on developers, including their public code and contributions to developer forums, and then utilizes patent-pending algorithms to score the skills of the millions of developers it finds.

“Gild’s vision is to unleash and maximize human potential,” said Sheeroy Desai, Co-Founder and CEO of Gild. “Our partnership with Girls Who Code aligns perfectly with our goal to help companies identify candidates based on their true skills. As Girls Who Code expands, we want to do whatever we can to help them prepare more women to enter the field of computer science, and so we’re putting our own data science and other resources at Girls Who Code’s disposal.”

According to research conducted by Girls Who Code, in middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.3% of high school girls select computer science. Working together, Gild and Girls Who Code want to change this statistic.

“Because of the success of our programs in New York, Detroit, and the San Francisco Bay Area, in 2014 we’re launching Girls Who Code programs throughout the country,” said Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code. “We’re thrilled to partner with Gild to find the instructors we need to reach more young women with high quality computer science education, and appreciate being able to work with a company whose values reflect ours so closely.”

“Gild uses big data to evaluate developers’ actual work and skills, which will allow Girls Who Code to select instructors for their Summer Immersion Program based upon the real indicators of developer talent,” said Dr. Vivienne Ming, Chief Scientist at Gild. “They will be able to move past the noise and select developers based on merit alone, regardless of SEO résumé keywords or social connections.”

Why is this Important?
The U.S. Department of Labor projects by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist jobs. It also projects that universities will produce only enough qualified candidates to fill 29% of these jobs. Gild and Girls Who Code want to be proactive in addressing this projection.

While 57% of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, just 12% of Computer Science degrees are awarded to women. This number is down from 37% just 20 years ago.

“Today in a room of 25 engineers only 3 would be women,” said Saujani. “Imagine if we closed the gender gap and increased the number of women to match the men. Not only would it be good for women, but it will help the United States remain competitive.”

For more information on Gild, visit: http://www.gild.com/press-release.

For more information on Girls Who Code, visit: http://www.girlswhocode.com/.

About Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. Through Summer Immersion Programs and Girls Who Code Clubs, the organization’s unique programs effectively inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

About Gild
Gild helps companies hire skilled developers by ensuring that candidates stand out on their proven abilities, not just their resumes. Backed by proprietary data analysis that examines developers’ actual work, Gild’s tech hiring software is used by growing companies like Eventbrite, Red Hat, and Rackspace to find the developers they need to innovate. Founded in 2011, Gild is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in Salt Lake City and Milan.


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