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ITHACA, NY – Please join us in attending a screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap at Cinemapolis on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 at 6:30 PM. The documentary CODE exposes the dearth of female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide.

The film highlights breakthrough efforts that are producing more diverse programmers and shows how this critical gap can be closed. CODE asks: what would society gain from having more women and people of color code, and how do we get there?

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of local women in the field of computer science, including Elisa Miller-Out, founder of Singlebrook Technology. The panel will discuss their experiences in a very male-dominated industry.

Tickets are $10 and 74 tickets must be reserved by Monday, Aug. 22nd for the event to occur. Please visit ithacode.org to view a trailer and reserve your ticket.

The event is being organized by City of Ithaca 2nd Ward Alderperson Ducson Nguyen, supported by the Multicultural Resource Center, and sponsored by Quinn Energy. A local, woman-owned energy analytics services company, Quinn Energy is sponsoring 10 tickets for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educators and relevant professionals to attend this event.

We hope that this event can help inform and inspire educators to think of creative ways to engage more students in STEM fields. If you are an interested K-12 educator and would like a FREE ticket to this event, please visit quinn.ithacode.org