Girls Can Code! are camps organized by the Prologin association for girls under 18 to help them discover computer science.
Prologin is a French “law 1901” organization registered under the sub-prefecture of L'Hay-les-Roses on 2000-08-04.
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Prologin is an association whose original purpose was to organize a computer science contest. In 2014, Prologin started to organize the Girls Can Code! summer camps. These training camps are the perfect occasion for young girls who are still in middle school or in high school to discover multiple computer science subjects throughout the week. They will learn how to solve problems with algorithms, explore various computer science topics such as network, web development, robotics, microcontrollers, video games and more through practical exercises.
Conferences from exterior speakers are organized for every camp. It enables the attendees to exchange with women working in the computer science industry or in academia. The young girls are sometimes unsure as to what they want to do, this is a golden occasion for them to discuss their education with the speaker, thus helping them for future orientation choices.
Prologin staff is present during the camp to help them debug their programs and pass on knowledge in computer science and programming.
The purpose of Prologin's contest is to enable young computer enthusiasts to meet and compete with one another. Indeed, computer science is still largely under represented in French schools. Therefore, those who practice it are often self-taught and have an individual practice of it. However, any large project requires teamwork. This is why, even though candidates seat the exam individually, the competition should facilitate the exchange of ideas between candidates. To promote these exchanges, the Prologin team tries to design the contest topics so they put forward playful aspects. Meanwhile, everything is done so that participants can and should exchange ideas within a cheerful atmosphere. Combining work and pleasure is therefore a key objective of Prologin.
We want to allow the candidates to take advantage of the competition to enhance their skills. We try to cover as many areas of computer science: artificial intelligence algorithms, general culture, various programming languages…
For the organizers, the competition is an opportunity to manage a team and to organize a event. We must also learn how to communicate effectively in order to make it known to a wider public. Managing relations with sponsors, creating statements and solving both technological and logistic issues are also an enriching experiences for our staff members.
Finally, for all the survivors who reach the final, it is also the opportunity to spend a super crazy weekend with us!