High school girls from around the world pitch app ideas to better their communities

2015 | Running Time: 107 minutes | Rating: NR

By 2017, the app market will be valued at $77 billion. Over 80 percent of these developers are male. The Technovation Challenge aims to change that gender gap by empowering girls worldwide to develop apps for an international competition. From rural Moldova to urban Brazil to suburban Massachusetts, CODEGIRL follows five teams of high school girls as they compete. The winning team gets $10,000 to complete and release their app, but every girl discovers something valuable along the way. The film premiered at the 2015 Zonta Film Festival and has been screened widely by tech companies and advocacy groups. Director: Lesley Chilcott

“The personalities — earnest, shy, confident, and hopeful, and often a mix of all of those — easily draw you in.”