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Life In Code is a web video series and community project telling the stories of women and minorities becoming computer programmers. Read more

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Life In Code is a web video series and community project telling the stories of women and minorities becoming computer programmers.

Seattle, WA Webseries
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About this project

Life In Code was started by an entrepreneur and a video producer who want to see more women and minorities choose careers in computer science and programming. We believe that increasing diversity in tech is everyone in the tech world's responsibility, and we wanted to do something rather than just talking about it.

What do we want to do? We want to start by telling inspiring stories.

Everyone who learns to code has a story. A story on how they began, reasons why they chose to start, and why they chose a career in writing code. Stories of success and failures, and what they learned from them. 

Part 1: The Series

In the course of the series we'll be interviewing women who have chosen this path, and we'll be producing high-quality videos of their stories. We're looking for positive, inspiring stories that counteract the negative stories of women facing a tech industry that's overwhelmingly male. Stories that say that it does get better, and that is possible to succeed in the tech industry despite the negative.

Series 1 will include 12 episodes with interviews from 6 different women. The first is from Kate Matsudaira, Founder of Pop Forms and former VP of Engineering at Decide. Here is a "preview" of the first episode:

Producing these videos takes professional equipment and a lot of time to craft each interview into shareable, inspiring videos. If this is something that's inspiring to you, or if it's something you'd like to see more of, please become a supporter!

All the videos produced will be licensed using Creative Commons, so they can be used anywhere these stories need to be told.

Part 2: The Community

It's more than just a series of videos, though: it's a community of people sharing inspiring stories. 

Do you have a story you'd like to share? Share it with us on our website or Facebook page, and we'll put it on our website for others to get inspired. We're the "It Gets Better" project for women in tech.

These videos won't be made without your support! Without a successful project, these stories won't be told. It's up to you to help make this happen!

Our new logo! Have this as a sticker for a $15 pledge!
Our new logo! Have this as a sticker for a $15 pledge!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is schedule. We have planned a two-week publish cycle, but every project has its potential places for delays. If there are delays, they will be by days rather than weeks, and delays in one video shouldn't affect release of later videos.

We're confident that given the funding we will be able to produce the entire series in 2013.

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  • We'd like to keep shipping costs low, but we'll provide a downloadable ISO of the DVD for our non-US backers!

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