Tech jobs are growing three times faster than US colleges are producing computer science graduates. By 2020, there will be one million unfilled software engineering jobs in the US. CODE examines the reasons why more girls and people of colour aren’t seeking opportunities in computer science. The film looks at how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play a role. Experts from the worlds of tech, psychology, science, and education are intercut with inspiring stories of women challenging complacency in the tech industry.  CODE aims to inspire change in mindsets, in the educational system, in startup culture and in the way women see themselves in the field of coding.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT - Robin Hauser Reynolds
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Early one morning in the spring of 2013, my daughter called from college announcing she intended to drop her computer science major. “I’m really bad at it,” she said. “I’m the worst in the class; I don’t fit in.” Her confidence was shaken by being one of just two women in a class of 25, and by not having the resources or the role models to support her. After taking four computer science classes, she dropped the CS major. As it turns out, she was earning a B.

That same spring, weekly headlines declared the importance of attaining some level of computer science knowledge in college. A White House study stated that by 2020 there would be 1 million unfilled computer science jobs in the US. With tech jobs plentiful and lucrative, why is the supply / demand ratio so skewed? Why is the tech industry missing half the population?

Together with Producer Staci Hartman, I set out to debug the reasons behind the gender gap and digital divide. For the most part, Silicon Valley availed itself to our inquisition, and with each interview whether at Yelp, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Pinterest, Strava, Pandora, GitHub or Pivotal, we learned that the underlying currents which dissuaded women and people of color from pursuing coding jobs and resulted in the dearth of minorities in tech, were systemic, pervasive, and complex. Mindsets, stereotypes, clogs in the educational pipeline, startup culture, lack of role models and sexism all play important roles in this mounting gender, ethnic and economic issue.

Professor Claude Steele says it takes about a generation to change a stereotype. As director of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, I hope to inspire our audience to begin that change. Change in the way our school system values computer science education; change in the way we think of a programmer; change in the way women and people of colour view themselves in the tech field.

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Director

ROBIN HAUSER REYNOLDS

Producers

STACI HARTMAN

ROBIN HAUSER REYNOLDS

CHRISTIE HERRING

Director of Photography

JON BLOMGREN

Editor

CHRISTIE HERRING

Story Consultant

JACK YOUNGELSON

Design and Animation

MOLLY SCHWARTZ

Music by

LAURA KARPMAN and NORA KROLL-ROSENBAUM

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BUTTERSCOTCH

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BLAKE IRVING

HELEN BRADLEY and STEVE KLEIMAN

REGINA K. SCULLY

Executive Producers

AMY BATCHELOR and BRADLEY FELD

AMY RAO

KRISTIN TIMKEN

Executive Producers

BRITT GRIFFITH and NATHALIE STEINMETZ

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CASSANDRA JABOLA

Associate Producer

CONNOR MCCUBBIN

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ANN and JORGE GALDOS

BRIGETTE LAU

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SARAH CANNON

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JOANNE ESSER

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CAROLINE BERTAIN

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STEVEN BERLIN JOHNSON

KRISTIN TIMKEN

LOU WIRTH

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CONNOR EBBINGHOUSE

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MATT MANIEGO

WILL MYERS

JOHN NODORFT

ROBIN HAUSER REYNOLDS

JASON RYAN

ANDY SCHOCKEN

MIKE SEELY

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MICHAEL BOYLE

KEVIN CRAWFORD

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ALEX WONG

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