CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap @ The Napa Valley Film Festival

November 10, 2015 Cornelia Davis

sfeatured-NapaFilmFestivalAt Pivotal, we’re passionate about enterprise technology and transformation. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Napa Valley Film Festival this year to sponsor the screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, an important documentary that illustrates the challenges that exist today for women and minorities in technology, and what the future ramifications of this gap will bring.

Start your weekend early by hopping in the car and heading north to join us at the festival, which kicks off this Wednesday, November 11, and will feature 125 new, independent films through Sunday, November 15.

CODE debuted at the TriBeCa Film Festival this year and poses the questions:

  • Why is there a dearth of female and minority software engineers?
  • What would society gain from having more women and people of color coding?
  • And most importantly—how do we get there?

The documentary goes one step further than identifying the gender gap to offer solutions and highlight a variety of efforts that are transforming the industry and producing a more diverse set of computer programmers.

We had the opportunity to meet with the film’s director Robin Hauser Reynolds to discuss gender and diversity in the open source software community at the inaugural Cloud Foundry Summit in May. I’m thrilled to partner with her again and bring the film to the local Bay Area community. As an active mentor for GirlsWhoCode.com, this movie is near and dear to my heart.

Following the Saturday screening, I will take part in a panel discussion, led by Marco della Cava from USA Today, that will explore the diversity challenges that companies face, and ways to address them. We will discuss how by acknowledging and compensating for implicit biases, advancing women into leadership positions, addressing the “bro-culture” in tech, and encouraging girls and young women to learn about computer programming, the industry can change for the better.

Want to join the transformation?

Of course you do!

Here’s how:

  1. Follow @Pivotal on Twitter
  2. Copy/paste the following message in the body of the Tweet: “I’m joining @Pivotal in helping debug the gender gap at #NVFF15”
  3. Tweet at us and be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the film screening on:
    1. THU • NOVEMBER 12 • 1:30PM Cameo Cinema | St. Helena
    2. FRI • NOVEMBER 13 • 5:15PM Napa County Library | Napa
    3. SAT • NOVEMBER 14 • 1:00PM Uptown Theatre | Napa
    4. SUN • NOVEMBER 15 • 5:30PM Gliderport at Indian Springs | Calistoga

See you in Napa!

About the Author

Cornelia Davis

Cornelia Davis is a Senior Director of Technology for Pivotal.

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