Uber’s new 8-80 Coding program backs TechGirlz and Two Other Local Nonprofits

November 7, 2017


Roberto Torres, Lead Philly Reporter for Technical.ly Philly, announces how Uber will be teaming up with three top nonprofits in the area to help push more tech in the community. TechGirlz is one of the organizations that will be receiving funding from the ridesharing company to help support their ongoing series of tech-based workshops (TechShopz in a BoxTM) and events to inspire middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers. The full article was originally published on Technical.ly Philly.


Girls learning in a TechShop

A diversity-aimed initiative from ridesharing giant Uber will help three local nonprofits deploy year-long coding programs for underrepresented communities in technology.

8-80 Coding, announced today in a blog post, is a Philly-specific initiative that will fund coding programs powered by Coded by Kids, The ITEM and TechGirlz.

“We’re working with three of the region’s top nonprofits to expand coding education for kids and adults,” said Craig Ewer, Uber’s Philly comms lead, in the blog post. “From our rec centers to our tech centers, we want Philadelphians to have access to the work opportunities generated by tech education, but also to experience the personal satisfaction and fun of building something new.”

The program, Ewer said, is also aimed at expanding the pipeline of people historically underrepresented in technology and making Philadelphia’s tech community more reflective of our community as a whole.


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