“You belong here and we need you” – Sundar Pichai addresses at girls’ coding event

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After the town hall meeting got canceled because people started to get harassed for asking preliminary questions online, the CEO Sundar Pichai speaks to the girls at the coding event on the campus. He denounced the anti-diversity manifesto by saying “At Google, we are very committed to building products for everyone in the world” and said that in order to achieve this goal, “we need to have people internally who represent the world in totality.” 

He motivated the young girls, who were participants in a months-long app-building competition by saying, “I want you to know 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.”

You belong here, and we need you.

The CEO did the right thing by addressing the young girls and made them believe that all of them are worthy and capable of conquering the world. It was a much-needed oration since there has been an internal war going on within the company that has affected the women affiliated with the tech industry to an extent.

The event was co-hosted by Iridescent Learning, an L.A. based non-profit that runs the Technovation competitions for a decade. This event was one of the many events and seminars that tech companies offer to the young emerging talent.

You can read the whole speech given by Pichai:

“Thank you all for joining, it’s a pleasure to be here tonight with many creators, coders, and budding entrepreneurs. I think as Google we are really proud to host the event, but I really want to thank … the organizers and the mentors who spent hundreds of hours to get the teams ready for today.

Seeing the girls here tonight gives me hope for the future.

At Google, we are very committed to building products for everyone in the world, and I think to do that well we really need to have people internally who represent the world in totality. And that’s how we think about it. So it’s really important that more women and girls have the opportunity to participate in technology, to learn how to code, create, and innovate.

We participate in a lot of things. We work with more than 4,000 schools to help introduce over 700,000 students to computer science. We do many efforts around the world. In India we do a program by which we have volunteers who go to over 300,000 villages — often on bicycles — teaching women how to get online for the very first time. We launched the Women Techmakers program, which has provided scholarships and training and helps people attend conferences. We have done it for more than 50,000 people in the technology industry. And that’s why we are also proud to host the Technovation Challenge.

I was surprised to find the girls here represent more than 100 countries from around the world. I think they’ve been chosen from over 11,000 girls. I think my job sometimes is hard, but I can’t even imagine the judges who had to choose from all those wonderful, wonderful participants to get the winners here.

To all of the girls tonight, I want to say thank you for joining us at Google. I hope it’s the beginning of a long career of building amazing things which we can all use one day.

I know the journey won’t always be easy, but to the girls who dream of being an engineer or an entrepreneur, and who dream of creating amazing things: 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.

Thank you all so much and congratulations once again.”

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