Bay Area High School Girls Spend their Summer Learning to Create with Code

With mobile apps catering to our every need, and websites just fingertips away, technology is becoming more integrated into our lives every day. But they wouldn’t exist without computer scientists.

As a part of our Youth Coding Initiative, Adobe hosted 60 Girls Who Code (GWC) participants in three of our offices this summer. Split between our San Jose, San Francisco, and Seattle sites, the GWC six-week intensive taught the girls about computer science, design and robotics, empowering them to be creative with key technical skillsets and the ability produce technologies of their own. Some of the participants captured their experiences using Adobe Voice and Adobe Slate.

Today, we want to spotlight the great work created by the GWC contingents from the Adobe San Jose and San Francisco sites.

Adobe San Jose

Missouri native, Cassidy Feeney, felt nervous entering the intensive with no technical experience. “I thought I was going to be the only one who had never coded, and that I would have no idea what was going on.”

But she immediately felt at home. “Everyone was at different levels, and so friendly and willing to help.”

Over six weeks, she and 19 other girls studied different coding languages and participated in a number of workshops. The curriculum focused on a specific technical field every week, from graphics and animation to mobile app development and entrepreneurship. The group also visited other tech companies in the Bay Area, meeting interns and influential women in the field.

“I had no clue that computer science and art were related in any way, until Girls Who Code taught me that computer science can be applied anywhere,” student Alice Phan said. “Now, I can combine the best of both worlds!”


The Girls Who Code contingent at our San Jose HQ with Adobe CEO, Shantanu Narayen, and Donna Morris, SVP, People & Places (far left, white jacket).

We’re impressed with the final projects created by the Adobe San Jose GWC contingent:

Girls Do Code:  A website where girls interested in computer science are able to ask questions to women the field, get resources, and share inspiration.

Op-her-ation XX:  An innovative game that aims to spark girls’ interest in coding through its strong female characters and interactive gameplay.

Danger Eliminator:  An all-in-one mobile application meant to help with emergency situations, including a button to reach 911 immediately, a directory of hotline numbers, guides on medical procedures, and a map to locate hospitals closest to the user.

FoodTastic:  A website where users can add ingredients to an online Fridge and receive and search relevant recipes, in addition to personalizing their “CookBook.”

Skindex:  A mobile application that determines users’ skin type and recommends products suitable for their skin, connecting users to nearby dermatologists as well.

Instaration:  An application designed to automatically generate captions for pictures based on a selected category, such as nature or romance.


Adobe San Francisco

The first Girls Who Code cohort at Adobe started on June 8 in San Francisco. The group’s two weeks of introductory computing and robotics included a hands-on Photoshop workshop with Ann Chen, senior web designer, followed by demos of Adobe Voice in week 4 with Tom Nguyen, principal product manager.

Thanks to the proximity of Pinterest and Google SF, the girls took a number of field trips to other tech companies in the area, gaining inspiration from female engineers and recent graduates. Their hard work culminated in graduation at the end of July, where students presented final projects to family and friends, GWC staff, and Adobe employees.

Here are the impressive final projects created by the Adobe San Francisco GWC team:

Seam: A social media application that allows friends to seamlessly connect.

Moshi-Moshi: An application offering games that help and empower those who feel “socially awkward.”

EnvyroPocket: An environmental responsibility-focused application that encourages users to recycle and use solar energy, integrating Google visualization and auto-search.

Foodubious: A user-friendly application that helps you decide on what to eat

Recall: A mobile application that helps you remember what you need to do with sensor events.

Tune in on Friday when we spotlight the GWC contingent from the Adobe Seattle site.


The Adobe San Francisco Girls Who Code contingent before their graduation ceremony.

Soo Song is a summer undergraduate intern, Corporate Responsibility and Adobe Youth Voices.