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By 2017, the app market will be valued at $77 Billion. Over 80% of these developers are male. The Technovation Challenge aims to change that by empowering girls worldwide to develop apps for an international competition. From rural Moldova to urban Brazil to suburban Massachusetts, CodeGirl, a thrilling and heartfelt documentary follows teams who dream of holding their own in the world’s fastest-growing industry. The winning team gets $10K to complete and release their app, but every girl discovers something valuable along the way.
The film starts at a town in Moldova. A group of girls developed an app to provide water quality of contaminated village wells and location of those wells, which won the 2014 Technovation Challenge. While the issue of the gender imbalance is still serious one, the teenage girls’ discussions on technology and strategy alone create an unusual scene.
Stories on some smart girls who utilize technology and success will be followed for sure. But the social atmosphere, which takes the combination between women and aesthetic technics for more granted than one between women and coding won’t end easily. This is what makes this film interesting. Let’s put aside the inequality in IT industry. In a world where discriminations are paused for a moment, these girls are eager to achieve, sometimes fail, and go off to another path.
This film does not show the rise of women heroes to shake down the industrial structure. These girls might be frustrated at the structural discrimination within IT industry. What we need is the imagination on the world without any limitations as well as the precise judgment on the realistic limitations. This film is a record on the sneak peek of realistic imagination, and we need to hold on to this imagination a little bit longer. (Lee Han-bit)
Lesley CHILCOTTLesley CHILCOTT
Lesley CHILCOTT is an award winning filmmaker, documentarian, and producer. CHILCOTT got her start in film and production with MTV Networks. Before she made documentaries, she produced and directed hundreds of TV commercials. She was a producer of the 2007 Academy Award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. In 2014, CHILCOTT directed the feature documentary, A Small Section of the World, about a village of women coffee producers from the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica which played at the State Department of the UN in Geneva.