Kai Morton’s app idea won the 16-year-old a spot at a tech summit. âœWhen 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 they’re in danger. I couldn’t believe that it won a contest where I got to attend the Dell for Entrepreneurs Women’s Summit Youth Track in Berlin.
[Editor’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 I’m never giving up what I love because of my gender. And who knows? Maybe I’ll create the next big video game!â