Girls Can Code: Karlie Kloss is leading a tech revolution

One of the world's most successful supermodels wants to close the gender gap in the tech industry. 

The statistics are quite alarming.

Half of all gamers are women, but only four per cent code them.

Just 18 per cent of all computer science graduates are female and only seven of the world's richest 100 tech billionaires are women. 

That's why 24-year-old supermodel Karlie Kloss is on a mission. She wants to close the gender gap and ensure more women get into coding and tech careers. 

In 2014, Karlie took her first coding class and has been learning ever since. "Before my first coding class, the idea that I could build something with code seemed practically impossible," she says.

"Within a couple of classes, I was working with my classmates to program a small drone. I realised that code is about creativity - just like art and fashion - and that women who have these skills have the power to shape our future."

Among other passion projects, Karlie decided to launch a 'Kode Wtih Klossy' website and YouTube channel - so she can reach out to and inspire women to become professional developers.

She's also started up summer camps and a scholarship program "to empower young women to explore coding’s endless possibility and increase access to computer science education." Every month, she awards one winner a nine-month code class valued at $12,000 to help kickstart their career in tech. 

The same issues about the lack of gender diversity in tech are explored in a new TV series on Lifestyle YOU Girls Can Code. In the UK, Radio 1's Alice Levine takes five girls and gives them a crash course in digital technology - can they come up with a viable tech business idea in just two weeks? 

Closer to home, Code Like a Girl is a fantastic organisation that encourages women to connect up and code through free events and workshops in Melbourne.

Founded by developer and Computer Science graduate Ally Watson, the organisation is run by a group of volunteers who collectively bring over 100 years of industry experience between them.

"Through our initiative, we hope to spark change in the tech community - inspiring new generations of girls to acquire coding as a skill and encourage more females to step into leadership roles within the industry."

Don't miss Girls Can Code, starts Friday March 31 @ 7.30pm on Lifestyle YOU.  

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