Tech CEO Dez White has just launched Girl Code LA, the first of a series of free nationwide tech events targeted to females over the age of 13, to introduce them to app development, the funding process, and to provide them an intro to coding.
The goal of the Girl Code LA series is to inspire more women to get involved in the field of technology, typical a male-dominated career path. The series will start in Los Angeles, where White calls home. L.A. is the perfect city to lead the way in the future of technology as it is just a short drive to Silicon Valley, the heart of tech investments. The series has plans to expand to several other cities including New York and Miami next.
Dez is believed to be the youngest female, African American tech entrepreneur to invent and successfully launch a suite of apps called Invisible Text and its progeny of apps- Invisible Call, Invisible Email, and Invisible Social. Her line of apps enable people everywhere to communicate privately and securely across multiple communication platforms. It has been widely used across several industries, including entertainment and by celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Andy Milonakis, and Shaun Phillips.
Given the recent Google, Facebook and Tech Crunch’s (lack of) diversity results, Dez is basically an anomaly, and the perfect person to lead the way for more women and minorities to embrace the tech world. She was recently quoted alongside Chelsea Clinton and the CEO of Youtube in a piece by the Associated Press and has since been invited to attend the Clinton Global Initiative event in September in NYC.
To date Dez’s apps have received hundreds of thousands of downloads and her next project Blind Debit (alongside Jay Z’s former business partner Damon Dash) is an app that will allow consumers to use their fingerprint in lieu of plastic credit cards.
Through Girl Code LA, Dez hopes to give advice about what it takes to build a successful app, how she was able to get funded, being one of the few women of color in the tech industry, the best apps currently on the market, the importance of educating the next generation of females in tech, and more.
Girl Code LA’s first event will take place in Los Angeles on August 23 from 11am-2pm at engage:BDR (9000 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069).
For more on Invisible Text visit GoInvis.com