Utilidata, Inc. has announced a $10,000 donation to the national non-profit, Girls Who Code. The donation stems from a recent commitment at DistribuTECH to give $20 per visitor to Utilidata’s booth to Girls Who Code. The non-profit works to inspire, educate, and equip high school girls with the skills to pursue technology and engineering opportunities.
“First and foremost, we want to thank the DistribuTECH attendees who, upon hearing about our Girls Who Code initiative, sought out our booth to support the effort and learn more about our company,” said Scott DePasquale, CEO and Chairman of Utilidata. “As a rapidly expanding software company, committed to saving energy and increasing reliability of the electric grid, we understand the importance and benefit of a diverse and well-trained workforce. Yet, according to Girls Who Code, in a room full of 25 engineers, only 3 will be women. That’s why we are proud to support Girls Who Code and efforts to ensure that young men and women are receiving the education needed for the jobs of the 21st Century.”
The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. Yet U.S. universities are expected produce only enough qualified graduates to fill 29% of these jobs.
“At Girls Who Code, we consistently work with young women who discover a passion and aptitude for computer science and engineering after being exposed to the fields though our programs,” said Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code. “We thank Utilidata and all those who supported this effort at DistribuTECH for helping to educate a new generation of women coders!”
Approximately 400 DistribuTECH attendees stopped by Utilidata’s booth.