On March 26, we arranged Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at Klarna HQ, where nine young women 12-16 years old met female engineers from our Product and Engineering departments and participated in a hackathon. The goal for the hackathon was to create a chatbot and trying to make her sound as human as possible, and to learn some basic concepts like variables, I/O, conditional statements and loops while coding in Python. The participating young women also did a tour around the Engineering division and got a brief description of what our Engineering teams are working on and what kinds of problems we solve using programming.
– It was a really fun and engaging exercise for all involved and we hope that we have managed to spark an interest in programming in them, says Atelach Alemu Argaw, one of the initiators for the event.
A big thanks to everyone who helped out during the day! You can read more about the event here: http://www.igeday.com/