Alibaba seeks to train one million girls to code towards 2030

Girl learning hot to code

Alibaba will offer courses in cloud computing, data analysis, machine learning, and cybersecurity. Certifications will be granted upon course completion to empower students in their professional careers.

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Alibaba, China's powerful e-commerce consortium, aims to support young female programmers from marginalized communities with free training and access to cloud computing resources. The objective is to empower one million female coders towards the year 2030.

Alibaba Cloud will provide several social initiatives with its infrastructure and expertise in technology, global computing resources and talent development programs, including access to the Alibaba Cloud Academy and Tianchi, a collaborative AI platform.

One of the first efforts is the promotion of Tech for Change, an association aimed at supporting women's education throughout the world. Dr. Wanli Min, Alibaba Machine Intelligence Scientist, affirmed: "Through the Tech for Change initiative, we want to bring together creativity and innovation to tackle critical problems and challenges faced by humanity such as equality in education, healthcare for the underprivileged, sustainable agriculture and wildlife protection (…) By making technology more accessible and affordable, we can inspire creativity and nurture the next generation of game-changers who will make our world a better place.”

Alibaba also announced its collaboration with the iamtheCODE movement, led by African citizens to mobilize governments, companies and philanthropic organizations to promote STEAMED education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Entrepreneurship, and Design).

With the help of iamtheCODE, Alibaba Cloud intends to implement personalized courses in cloud computing, data analysis, machine learning, and cybersecurity. Certifications will be granted upon course completion to empower students in their professional careers towards engineering and other practical study fields. To date, more than 13,000 girls have access to the iamtheCODE program.