Aug 062012
 

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.

  7 Responses to “Girl Power Android Apps”

  1. While some of the teams relied on the code-programming prowess of their mentors, others figured out how to develop the apps on their own, even using YouTube do-it-yourself videos on writing code.

    LOL. IOW, even amongst the top teams, there were still entire sets of chicks who couldn’t actually, you know, write code. And this isn’t a f*ckin’ production-quality RDBMS, this is an Android demo. “Girl-power” == “Gosh, I totally have this really neat idea that someone else should go build. I know it’s really neat because everyone tells me so! They’ll be beating down the doors to install my goody-two-shoes anti-binge-drinking app because that’s exactly what the f*ck people want to spent their time looking at on their phones“.

    These bitches desperately need a self-esteem-ectomy. Or at least someone to sit them down and say: “That’s f*cking stupid.”

    Again: These are the top teams and top ideas. Can you imagine what the others were like?

    I’m ranting, I realize. But I hate hate hate “idea guys”, especially “idea guys” with sh*t ideas, especially> “idea guys” with sh*t ideas who get their asses kissed because of their rep (or, in this case, their genitalia). Combine it with feminism, and it just sets me off.

    I wonder if the assembled panel can see past their com-symp ideologies well enough to look at this weaksauce and realize that the proposed expansion of Title IX to STEM is absolutely going to destroy their future talent pool.

    • Twenty wrote:
      “Gosh, I totally have this really neat idea that someone else should go build. I know it’s really neat because everyone tells me so! “

      Richard Stallman has weighed in on the role of invention in software. It’s his opinion that it’s a relatively unimportant feature and that the rate-limiting step to software creation is getting enough of the details right for it to be a coherent product.

      http://southernct.edu/organizations/rccs/?p=1129&sub=1419

    • LOL. IOW, even amongst the top teams, there were still entire sets of chicks who couldn’t actually, you know, write code. And this isn’t a f*ckin’ production-quality RDBMS, this is an Android demo. “Girl-power” == “Gosh, I totally have this really neat idea that someone else should go build. I know it’s really neat because everyone tells me so! They’ll be beating down the doors to install my goody-two-shoes anti-binge-drinking app because that’s exactly what the f*ck people want to spent their time looking at on their phones“.

      And while this is happening there are some male nerds who are getting attacked for their personalities and told by women that they are “creepy” working on the next big thing. When these male nerds come out with the next big thing, there will be more hand wringing about the lack of women in technology and false accusations of sexism in the tech industry.

  2. After reading about that app, I knew that my career as a software developer was completely safe (barring government mandates to employ these girls).

    Yeah, there’s always that last part isn’t there?

    • Yes, there is. And it isn’t just “competing” with these incompetent girls. Forcing companies to hire them will destroy those companies destroying jobs I could take. I couldn’t even start my own business in this scenario since the government would force me to hire these girls.

  3. “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”.”

    Wait, you’re telling me a GIRL made that? Unbelievable.

  4. This is so true. Not only has feminism exposed female inferiority at “traditionally male” things, but it is also starting to expose possible female inferiority at “traditionally female” things too.

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