I found this article about how “girl power” is producing Android apps. Apparently, there was something called the Technovation Challenge for high school students where various teams were competing for prizes by producing Android apps. Only high school girls were allowed to participate. Here is an excerpt from the article of what it is all about.
Some of the mentors had worked closely with the finalists, eight of whom came from the Bay Area. And for 10 weeks, women in computer sciences, programming and even venture capital volunteered their time and expertise to help the girls build self-esteem while they fine-tuned their concepts. The point of it all is girl power, said Tara Chklovski. She’s founder of Iridescent, the science education nonprofit that runs the Technovation Challenge, now in its third year and growing fast.
Did all of this self esteem building produce Earth shattering apps that will change the world? Clearly not as one of the apps the article brags about is called “Simply U”, and it is an app to prevent teenage pregnancy. If that app works all it needs to do is display a message saying, “keep your legs closed”.
After reading about that app, I knew that my career as a software developer was completely safe (barring government mandates to employ these girls). ”Girl power” software development isn’t going to be able to compete in the real world.