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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Inspiring Stories: Dolby Supports Girls Who Code, Young Women in STEM

Here are some inspiring stories from young women in STEM through Dolby’s partnership with Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization that’s dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. Included below are the inspiring stories Dolby collected about five young ladies from Girls Who Code, as they attended an exclusive field trip event at Dolby’s new headquarters this week.

Dolby supports STEM initiatives to inspire the next generation of innovators in science and art. Innovation comes from all kinds of people in every age group, and Dolby is committed to helping nurture tomorrow’s innovators. Last Thursday, Dolby hosted approximately 60 girls from Girls Who Code at its headquarters in San Francisco, as part of their summer curriculum program which included panel discussions, tours of the lab, tech demos and a networking lunch. This was the second time Dolby has hosted a Girls Who Code ‘field trip’, but the first at their new HQ at 1275 Market St.

During the event, Dolby provided the young women from Girls Who Code with access to women in senior leadership at Dolby who grew up with similar dreams. Poppy Crum, Head Scientist at Dolby, spoke to the girls (click to view her presentation) about creative thinking and the process it takes for Dolby to create the incredible entertainment experiencesDolby is, at its core, a company that turns science and engineering expertise into technologies that enable exceptional entertainment experiences – and without women in STEM and brilliant minds like Poppy – this would not be possible! Learn more about the event from San Francisco Chronicle reporter, Marissa Lang, in her article – A Tech Tour from Girls Who Code.

Below you’ll find photos and quotes from five of the young women who participated at the event at Dolby. 

Girls Who Code Profiles:


·         Danielle Pabilona"I like computer science because it is bigger than just words. You have the ability to turn words and letters into something bigger, like the sum of a number of small parts to make something huge. You can turn words and letters You can even create applications that help to cure cancer. I love video game design, web design and UI coding. I’m thinking about producing games for children and, maybe, all ages. There is a lot of trial and error, but I find that super exciting and rewarding. I just keep looking at front end designs because I am all about user experience. I know I can code something and there are endless opportunities for what you can build. I’m so in love with it."
·         Girls Who Code Internship: Pixar (Emeryville)


·         Ashlyn Jew"In my freshman year, I joined the Girls Who Code club at my high school. A lot interests me right now. I’m really curious to learn more about other cultures. Using the internet to read about other places made me realize how much information computers can provide. This is part of why I became interested in computer science."
·         Girls Who Code Internship: Twitter (San Francisco)


·         Fiorabella Cogley"For summers between our junior and senior years, we are involved in immersive enrichment programs. Last summer, I went to Peru to work with children. This summer, I am involved with Girls Who Code. I’m told that I am the most outspoken one in our program and I’m okay with that. I’ve always been interested in design and currently take art classes. My role model is Frida Kahlo. I dressed up as her for Halloween in the 4th grade. Her art meant so much to me because I know she overcame so much. That struck a chord with me. She painted herself as she wanted people to see her and how she wanted to be perceived."
·         Girls Who Code Internship: Square (San Francisco)


·         Areeta Wong: "Technology allows us to connect with people all over the world and brings light into social issues we’ve been having. It advances us. Earlier today, I saw a man walking with a mechanical leg. If humans had not made that possible, how would he be able to walk? I think about things like that."
·         Girls Who Code Internship: Twitter (San Francisco)


·         Addy Brien: "It’s hard for me to say who my role model is because I try not to focus on a single person or thing. I don’t want to copy someone else because I want to do my own thing. So, my role models range from my grandma to Jack Dorsey at Twitter. You can get inspiration from many different people, even a 3-year old. I want to learn different things from different people."
·         Girls Who Code Internship: Twitter (San Francisco)


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