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William and Mary's Society of Women in Computing

William and Mary's Society of Women in Computing has been invited to speak about the CS+Social Good project at a national computing conference.

Credit: College of William and Mary

The College of William and Mary's Society of Women in Computing, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Google Developer's Club are partnering on a new project entitled CS+Social Good. Part of a national movement with chapters at other universities, the project aims to use computer science and technological skills to address community-level social problems.

The original CS+Social Good project began at Stanford University in 2015, which quickly expanded to chapters at universities including Georgia Tech, Caltech, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Alex Chung, a member of the CS+Social Good project at William and Mary, learned about the movement while attending a Hackathon event at the University of Pennsylvania.

The project at William and Mary will not be a carbon copy of the chapters at other universities, Chung says. "We want to make it unique to what William and Mary has to offer," Chung says.

The project started off with a mentorship program between SWC members and middle school girls learning to code.

"Our main CS for Social Good project so far has been a mentorship program that we do with Berkeley Middle School," says Linda Wu of the SWC. "We go there, we teach middle school girls the basics of coding: basically our intro class and one of our sophomore-level classes. They actually pick it up really well."

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