A large problem in tech is lack of programmers and even more lack of female programmers. We need to get more women involved and interested in tech but to do that we need role-models. Role-models of girls who code and women who code. Below is an Q/A by a great tech-role-model to girls, Ólína Helga. Ólína Helga is almost 13 and lives in Iceland.
What are your interests?
Dance, gymnastics and programming.
When did you start to code?
I started programming when I was 9 years old;
Why did you start to code?
I started to code because it sounded fun and I was my moms first “guinea pig” to test if 6 and 9 year old kids could learn how to code;
What is coding ?
It’s a recipe for the computer to execute, written in a language that both men and computers understand (programming language).
Purpose = make games, videos and other cool stuff;
Is coding fun for girls?
I think programming is really fun and it’s not just for boys and geeks. I have been working as an assistant teacher at reKode Education (in Iceland = Skema), teaching other kids and teachers how to code. This experience has inspired me and I thought it was awesome to win a programming contest held by the FBI and Carnegie Mellon University. This coding adventure is also taking me and my family to the United States. We are moving there with our company, reKode Education, to teach more kids and teachers how to code.
The ambassador of the United States in Iceland, Luis E. Arreaga, handed Ólína Helga the award for winning the FBI programming contest.