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Inside supermodel Karlie Kloss' enterprising coding camp for teenage girls

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Text: Janice Sim


Image: @kodewithklossy/Instagram

This beauty is birthing the next generation of women in tech

When supermodel Karlie Kloss isn't busy strutting down the runway or fronting Estée Lauder's latest campaign as their newest ambassador, she's out there educating the knowledge of coding to young women. An entrepreneur in her own right, Kloss founded her coding camp back in 2015 (as part of her philanthropic organisation, Klossy), inspired by her own journey of learning how to code, and to pay it forward by empowering other young women to do the same. Here, women are encouraged to embrace and take on the gift of coding — a crucial asset to unlocking a whole thread of opportunities in transforming the society of the future. After all, technology is but only omnipresent in the world we live in today. 

Now Kloss' non-profit intiative Kode with Klossy is taking off — big time. This year, the coding camp will reach up to 1,000 young women (between the ages of 13 to 18), with the launch of 50 coding summer camps in 25 cities across America. Above, watch the stunning 25-year old as she announces the start of her upcoming coding bootcamp in an satire alter ego named Karl Lee. 

Karlie Kloss coding camp

Made entirely free to attend, the camp is diversified into multiple languages and starts off with the fundamentals of programming languages (HTML, CSS, Ruby and Javascript). At the end of the two-week programme, learners will ultimately master how to build a mobile app or a website. This year, the non-profit slips into bigger shoes — by working with Teach For America to train educators, so to bring Kloss' coding curriculum back to their own communities.

So who knows? Kloss' work of cultivating a female-dominant tech force, could just lead to birthing a female Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Mark Zuckerberg in the years to come. We're certainly psyched for the future. 

Click here to find out more about Kode with Klossy.

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