South by Southwest Conference and Festivals announced Black Girls Code, along with five other organizations, as the recipient of the Community Service Award for their commitment to making a difference.
The organization opened a newly redesigned New York Tech Exploration Lab at the New York City headquarters giving students experiences with new technologies like robotics, virtual reality, blockchain and more.
Earlier this year the tech non-profit partnered with Microsoft to launch a chapter in Seattle. The tech giant also put $250,000 into a partnership that will support the mission of ensuring young Black girls have opportunities to learn computer science.
Born2Walk, HRA Studios & Foundation, Lights Camera Discover, StreetBooks ATX, and The Mobile River (Colorado River Alliance) were also awarded for their community service work.
“The recipients selected for the 2019 Community Service Awards are using their creative talents to change the world for the better, and we’re honored to celebrate and amplify their efforts at SXSW,” said Jann Baskett the chief brand officer of SXSW.
The conference will present recipients up to $50,000 in grants total and complimentary registration to SXSW to help further their goals.
Grant honorees will be awarded in a ceremony at SXSW on March 10, 2019.