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Vicki Langer
Vicki Langer

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Who can be a Programmer?

Who can be a programmer?


Coding is for everyone and anyone regardless of our differences. Coding also doesn’t require you to be a math wizard. That doesn’t mean understanding some math won’t make things easier. At the very least, a basic understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and remainders from division will be helpful.

There are tons of people, just like you, throughout the not-too-distant past and the present who have done and are doing amazing things with code.

People who have done and are doing cool things with code

photo of Timnit Gebru, an Ethiopian computer scientist wearing a beautiful red scarf

Timnit Gebru is a computer scientist who led a team on the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI). She works to remove bias that has been built into programs that make unethical decisions. She helps others make programs that are inclusive.

photo of Victoria Chávez, a Latina computer scientist wearing a pretty burgundy shirt standing next to a lion thingy

Victoria Chávez took a coding class in school and was hooked. During a hackathon, she built an app, SNAPy, that helped people find out which stores accept food stamps. She’s also helping disabled people have better access to programming.

photo of John Henry Thompson, an Jamaican computer scientist sitting at a table with a laptop

John Henry Thompson created a whole language that makes visuals in computer software. He basically made video games, modern cartoons, and web design possible

Photo of Raúl Rojas González, a hispanic computer scientist standing next to one of his robots

Raúl Rojas González led a self-driving car company. He has also won a Robot Soccer World Cup competition with a team of small AI robots. He also created a prize for scientific achievement.

Photo of Raj Reddy, an Indian computer scientist wearing smart blazer

Raj Reddy has done many things with robotics and AI. He laid the groundwork for us to have the voice assistants like Siri, Google Home, Alexa, and more. He also founded the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

lots of squiggly arrows pointing at the word "you" in the center of a square

You are reading this and are about to create so many cool projects. Whether or not you pursue a career with code, you will have learned many new ways to think about things. You will go on to do big things with your life.

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