Girls Who Code Tackle Aging and Isolation – Age and Ability

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Girls Who Code Tackle Aging and Isolation

August 4, 2016 | Written by: Tim Powers

Categorized: Inclusive Design | User Experience

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High school students from Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology, are taking on the challenge of helping seniors learn technology to reduce their feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Girls Who Code (from left to right): Heewon Kim, Oumou Camara, Paula Sante and Elizabeth Paz

The team, consisting of Heewon Kim, Oumou Camara, Paula Sante, and Elizabeth Paz (see photo), created Elders Connect, a website dedicated to teaching seniors how to use technology to better connect with friends and family. This project was the culmination of a 7-week summer immersion program in Los Angeles, sponsored by IBM, for 10th and 11th grade girls that taught coding, provided exposure to new technology, and shared introductions to female engineers, inventors and entrepreneurs.

“The most prominent reason for creating Elders Connect was to make a website where [...]

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