Kai Mortonâ€™s app idea won the 16-year-old a spot at a tech summit. â€œWhen I was 11, I wanted to be a veterinarianâ€”but I was obsessed with World of Warcraft, so my mom [the founder of Black Girls Code] signed me up for a camp where you make video games. After that, I knew I was going to be a coder.
At school, I enrolled in programming classes and came up with the concept for an app that keeps girls safe by alerting authorities to their location if theyâ€™re in danger. I couldnâ€™t believe that it won a contest where I got to attend the Dell for Entrepreneurs Womenâ€™s Summit Youth Track in Berlin.
[Editorâ€™s note: Seventeen helped pick the winner.] As a girl coder, I know what it feels like to be left out in a room full of boys, but Iâ€™m never giving up what I love because of my gender. And who knows? Maybe Iâ€™ll create the next big video game!â€