App Camp for Girls is a new non-profit organization based in Portland, Ore. hoping to get its feet off the ground through a fundraising campaign through the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
There's a huge gender disparity in software development - men dramatically outnumber women. The goal is to get tween and teen girls interested in software development by pairing them with women instructors, helping them to build their own apps and hopefully inspire them to pursue careers in software development. They'd like to scale the program nationally, though it's starting locally in Portland, Ore.
The founder of App Camp for Girls is Jean MacDonald. She's a partner at Smile, the productivity application developer for Mac and iOS behind products like PDFpen, DiscLabel and TextExpander. Jean's also an accomplished rock musician. That background gave her the inspiration for App Camp for Girls, as she's a volunteer and former board member at the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls.
App Camp for Girls is already on track to have two more sessions this summer, with girls already signing up. The money raised through the Indiegogo campaign will be used to fund and expand the program for the next year.