RESTON, VA, March 12, 2018 — OVH, a global hyper-scale cloud provider, today announced its support of Girls Who Code through a $50,000 donation. The funds will be used to support the non-profit by hosting five field trips in the Washington, D.C. and Dallas, TX areas. Additionally, the investment supports the Girls Who Code 2018 Summer Immersion Program, a free, seven-week summer program for tenth-grade and eleventh-grade girls to learn coding and gain exposure to jobs in the technology workforce.
Research from Accenture and Girls Who Code found that the number of women in the computing workforce is expected to decline from 24 percent today to 22 percent by 2025. To combat this decline, Girls Who Code is teaching girls to code in communities across the United States. To date, the organization has reached over 50,000 girls with their educational programs.
“I started to code in sixth grade and it had a huge impact on shaping the rest of my life. As a father and a technology leader, I recognize both a personal and professional obligation to encourage girls to explore STEM education and aspire to roles in technology and beyond,” said Russell P. Reeder, CEO and President of OVH US. “We are excited to give back to the tech community by engaging youth in technology and continuing to support this critical development area with Girls Who Code.”
Girls Who Code will host Summer Immersion Programs in 17 cities across the United States, with OVH-sponsored field trips taking place near local OVH US offices in the Washington, D.C. and Dallas, TX areas. Girls Who Code also provides after school Clubs for girls to explore coding, and a two-week, specialized summer course for sixth-grade to twelfth-grade girls on a range of topics.
“We need more women in technical roles at all companies and this donation from OVH US will help aspiring technologists prepare for their future STEM careers,” said Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. “These programs provide the necessary experience, exposure, and training to make girls feel more empowered to pursue educations, and eventually careers, in computer science.”
OVH is a global, hyper-scale cloud provider that offers businesses industry-leading performance and value. Vertically integrated with its own network, server technology, and green data centers, OVH operates more cost effectively and passes these benefits back to customers. Controlling each step in the global solution allows OVH to provide the best performance, value, security, and customer service in the industry. OVH US is a subsidiary of OVH Group, the largest European hosting provider, with more than 1.3 million customers across 138 countries. OVH US customers join a global network with 27 data centers, 33 points of presence, and thousands of miles of dark fiber. Learn more at OVHcloud.com.
About Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. With their 7-week Summer Immersion Program, a 2-week specialized Campus Program, after school Clubs, and a 13-book New York Times best-selling series, they are leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. By the end of the 2018 academic year, Girls Who Code will have reached over 50 thousand girls in all 50 states and several US territories. To join the movement or learn more, visit girlswhocode.com.
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