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Young Missoula women pursue interest in coding, build support

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MISSOULA -

Several young women from Missoula competing in the global Technovation Challenge hosted the film CodeGirls at the Silver Theater on Sunday evening.

They want to get more of their peers across the state involved with coding and this marks the second year the team will enter the contest..

"The competition is designed to have teams in their community come up with an idea and build a mobile app that solves a social problem in their community. So its really up to the imagination of these young women what they decide to build," said Devin Holmes, co-founder of Montana Code School. 

 Members on the team come from Lewis and Clark Elementary School, Bonner School, Hellgate High School and Washington Middle School. 

Last year, they built an app that would help bring revenue to Missoula by guiding users through a listing of local businesses and restaurants. The group is hoping to recruit more girls from ages nine to nineteen for the twenty-sixteen competition. 

"Most people, if you ask them, will be like, yeah, its cool for a girl to code, but it's still not common enough, and girls are afraid to do it, so I think this Technovation challenge is a really good thing because it gets girls to want to do it," said Sophia Richter, Missoulavation member, freshman at Hellgate High School. 

No coding experience is required to get involved and this year's team is looking for members and coaches.

For more information, text CODEGIRLS to 22828.

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