From Kabul to Mountain View: World’s top girl coders headed to California this summer

Sixty of the world’s most creative and visionary software designers will descend on the Bay Area this summer, and they all have two things in common: they’re all female and under age 19.

The girls — finalists in an annual global software design competition that this year drew thousands of participants from almost 100 countries — will gather at the Google campus in Mountain View Aug. 7-11 to showcase their mobile software applications in hopes of winning a $15,000 grand prize.

The contest, called Technovation, is one of numerous programs aimed at encouraging girls to study and pursue technology.