Travel Websites Tech Girls to Code

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People tend to think of tech companies as the biggest champions of girls learning code. However, other companies are joining the cause, such as travel sites Expedia and TripAdvisor.

They joined Girls Who Code this year in delivering its seven-week immersion program for high school girls. Expedia hosted 30 high school girls in total through this program and its own training program.

The Expedia Apprenticeship program was born when Elena Camerini, Director of technology at Expedia sent her own daughter to Google’s summer immersion program. They immediately wanted to join up with Girls Who Code and were so excited, they decided to start their own program in the fall to complement their upcoming participation in the summer immersion initiative.

Girls Who Code provides a semi-structured curriculum for participating companies, but organizations have freedom to design the summer immersion experience beyond that.   Both Expedia and TripAdvisor included workshops with female engineers and designers, field trips, and mentoring. Expedia’s program began on June 29 in Bellevue, Washingon.

Travel + Leisure thinks more travel companies will continue the trend towards teaching girls tech skills, given the success of the Girls Who Code initiative.

Source: Amy McKeever, Travel + Leisure, Time, Inc. Affluent Media Group