Tech Documentary, "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap," to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival
The upcoming feature-length documentary film, "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap," will make its world premiere at New York's prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T. CODE documentary is a relevant and timely documentary exploring why more American women and minorities do not pursue careers in computer science, despite high demand and lucrative job opportunities.
CODE documentary will premiere on Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m. EDT at Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street, New York. Immediately following the premiere, CODE documentary Director and Producer Robin Hauser Reynolds will join executives from leading technology companies on a panel to explore the issue and discuss industry efforts to bridge the gender gap. Etsy (News - Alert) Engineering Director for Infrastructure Jason Wong, GoDaddy Chief People Officer Auguste Goldman, and Qualcomm Chief Learning Officer Tamar Elkeles will participate in the panel.
"CODE documentary is amplifying the conversation about the gender gap in technology, and specifically coding, by highlighting key facts and voices that inspire us broadly to identify challenges, create opportunities and drive change," said Debby Hopkins, CEO of Citi Ventures and Chief Innovation Officer of Citi. "A diversity of perspectives is key to building successful businesses, regardless of industry. Our collective job is to create every possibility to support a strong pipeline of talent to meet the need, and films like this are a step in the right direction."
The goal of CODE documentary is to empower American women and minorities to pursue education and careers in computer science. CODE documentary also explores how technology would be different if a more diverse field of programmers coded the applications and devices upon which society depends. The CODE documentary narrative showcases the challenges faced by a new generation of women programmers - and the ingenious ways they are using their skills, drive, intellect and vision to disrupt the traditionally male dominated technology industry.
The film features expert voices from many of the world's foremost technology companies as well as experts in psychology, science, computer history and mathematics. Guest experts include White House CTO Megan Smith, Pinterest Software Engineer Tracy Chou and CTO of Twitter (News - Alert) Adam Messinger, among others.
"It is an honor to debut the CODE documentary at one of the most prestigious film festivals in the country," said CODE Director and Producer Robin Hauser Reynolds. "We are humbled by the opportunity to share our film with te international film community and hope they are inspired by our message."
The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema. CODE documentary will show at the following times and locations during the festival:
A trailer for the film is available for preview at codedocumentary.com. Sponsors supporting the development of the film include Presenting Sponsor, Citi Ventures; Corporate Sponsors CapitalOne, Ericsson (News - Alert), NetApp and Qualcomm; Affiliate Sponsor, Intel; Associate Sponsor, Pivotal; Supporting Sponsors Dell, JoltLabs, MathWorks, PayPal and Silicon Valley Bank; among others. Executive Producers for the film include Helen Bradley and Steve Kleiman; The Hitz Family Foundation; Blake Irving (News - Alert); Kristin Timkin; Bradley Feld and Amy Batchelor; Regina Scully; Nathalie Steinmetz and Britt Griffith; and Amy Rao. For a full list of supporters, please visit the CODE website.
Editor's Note: The press/industry screening of CODE documentary will take place on Monday, April 20 at 12:30 p.m. EDT at Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 (102 North End Ave., New York). A Tribeca Film Festival press badge is required. For more information, please visit http://tribecafilm.com/press-center/festival.
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About CODE Documentary
The deficit of female and minority computer science engineers in America is a mounting gender, racial and economic issue. Tech jobs are growing three times faster than our colleges are producing computer science graduates; by 2020, there will be one million unfilled software engineering jobs in the USA. CODE documentary examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking out educational opportunities in computer science, and explains how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles, and sexism play a role in this national crisis. Expert voices from the worlds of tech, psychology, science, and education are intercut with inspiring stories of women from various backgrounds who are engaged in the fight to challenge complacency in the tech industry and have their voices heard. CODE documentary aims to inspire girls, women and people of color to consider computer science as a viable career choice. More information is available at www.codedoc.co.