Google will open a Black Girls Code-led exploration lab in its New York offices
Black Girls Code aims to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. And now Black Girls Code will be able to carry out that mission in Google’s New York offices according to an announcement that the organization is teaming up with designer Kurani to turn the offices into a tech innovation lab for girls.
Staff members from Black Girls Code will run student workshops, hack-a-thons, panels and family events in the space. Construction has already started according to a statement from Kurani, and girls can begin to enjoy the hands-on environment this fall.
Kurani states: “The design takes us back to breaking things open and exploring how they’re made. When you remove the mysterious shell, the girls can see that tech is just parts and pieces, hardware and software they can tinker with and design themselves.”
“The renovation of our space in the Google building in New York into this design lab is just a first step in our much larger vision to create a series of innovative design labs in several of the communities where we have BGC chapters,” says Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code.