“I want you to know that there’s a place for you in this industry, there’s a place for you at Google. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here and we need you.”
After a week marked by controversy in the Mountain View, California Google campus, Google CEO Sundar Pichai took the stage at the Technovation Challenge World Pitch Summit award ceremony to let the teen girls who had traveled from around the globe to be there, as well as women around the world, know that their contributions to technology are invaluable at Google and in the industry at large. Since 2009, Technovation, created by the nonprofit Iridescent has inspired and assisted thousands of teen girls in learning to code and making their own apps, and this year Google partnered with the program to bring the finalists to the epicenter of the tech world.