The Code Liberation Foundation is a New York City-based non-profit that offers free game programming workshops to those who identify as women. The organization was founded in 2013 by Catt Small, Kay, Jane Friedhoff, Nina Freeman, Phoenix Perry, and Kaira Villanueva, seeking to change the female-to-male ratio in video game development. By creating a safe space free of the pressures often found in a mixed-gender environment, the CLF provides students the opportunities to develop their skills and confidence at no cost to them.
CLF directing member Adelle Lin joins Polygamer this week to discuss how the Code Liberation Foundation prepares students to enter a workforce that is traditionally male-dominated and how to address that issue early in the pipeline; the resources that students need that aren’t always available in more traditional academic settings; why students are taught to make games and not another genre of software, and why p5.js is one of the languages of choice for these classes; how the Code Liberation Foundation is unique from other gender-oriented academic programs or even social organizations; and how the group has evolved in its first three years.
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Links mentioned in this episode:
- Code Liberation Foundation
- Adelle Lin
- What is “stereotype threat”?
- Different Games
- p5.js, a JS client-side library for creating graphic and interactive experiences, based on the core principles of processing
- Tech Kids Unlimited
- Black Girls Code
- Girls Make Games
- App Camp for Girls
- Creative Technology Week (April 29–May 8, 2016, in NYC)