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Akamai Partners with Girls Who Code for 2017 Summer Immersion Program

Cambridge, MA | July 05, 2017

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Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, is pleased to announce its partnership with Girls Who Code – a national non-profit organization that seeks to inspire, educate and equip girls with computing skills for the 21st century. Akamai will serve as a host company for the organization’s acclaimed seven-week Summer Immersion Program (taking place at Akamai from July 10 – August 24). This is the company’s third year hosting the program.

The Summer Immersion Program will reach 1,600 rising 11th and 12th grade girls this summer across 80 programs in 11 cities including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

In addition to providing onsite computing skills training, volunteer mentors from Akamai will help the girls each week with activities such as updating their resumes, adding to their LinkedIn profiles, and presentation skills. Akamai will host a workshop with local experts in user-experience engineering, and a field trip is scheduled to Watson Health, where they will learn about artificial intelligence for medical diagnostics. In addition, the girls will participate in a ‘How the Internet Works’ game and tour of Akamai’s state-of-the-art Network Operations Control Center (NOCC).

“The imbalance in the numbers of women focused on careers in computer science, software development and Internet technologies continues to be one of our industry’s biggest challenges,” said Dr. Tom Leighton, Chief Executive Officer at Akamai. “Partnering with Girls Who Code is an important step towards better preparing young women for technology jobs – an investment, we believe, that is vital to the future of technology and innovation.”

"Too often girls don't pursue computer science because they’ve never been exposed to it, or they don't see the impact it can make on the world," said Girls Who Code Founder and CEO, Reshma Saujani. "Through our partnership with Akamai, we can show them, 'Look, you can do this. You can code this. This is a world that’s open to you, and once you learn this skill set, the possibilities are endless.'"

93% of Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program participants said that because of the Summer Immersion Program, they now want to major in, or are interested in computer science. 84% of Girls Who Code alumni said they were likely to pursue a career in technology (source: Girls Who Code annual report, 2016).

"I am so proud of Akamai’s continued strong support for Girls Who Code," said Kate Jenkins, Chief Architect of Mapping Engineering at Akamai and Akamai’s technical advisor to the Girls Who Code program. "This program has a huge impact in inspiring girls to pursue careers in computer science. I want girls to know that this career path is open to them, and is filled with opportunities to work with smart, creative people to develop technology that shapes our world."

The seven-week Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program embeds classrooms in major media and tech companies and universities. Students learn the fundamentals of computer science from robotics to how to build a webpage while gaining exposure to the tech industry and mentorship from women working in technology. No prior coding experience is required.

About Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Program and Girls Who Code Clubs, the organization is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Additional information is available at www.girlswhocode.com.

Über Akamai

Als weltweit größte und renommierteste Plattform für die Cloudbereitstellung unterstützt Akamai seine Kunden dabei, ein optimales und sicheres digitales Erlebnis bereitzustellen – auf jedem Gerät, an jedem Ort und zu jeder Zeit. Die global verteilte Plattform bietet mit ihren 200.000 Servern in 130 Ländern eine unvergleichliche Skalierung, mit deren Hilfe Kunden überlegene Performance und unübertroffenen Bedrohungsschutz erhalten. Das Portfolio von Akamai in Bezug auf Website- und App-Performance, Cloudsicherheit und Unternehmenszugriffs- sowie Videobereitstellungslösungen wird durch einen herausragenden Kundenservice und Rund-um-die-Uhr-Überwachung unterstützt. Um zu erfahren, warum führende Finanzinstitute, E-Commerce-Unternehmen, Medien- und Unterhaltungsanbieter sowie Regierungsorganisationen auf Akamai vertrauen, besuchen Sie www.akamai.de, blogs.akamai.com/de oder @Akamai auf Twitter.

About Akamai

Akamai powers and protects life online. Leading companies worldwide choose Akamai to build, deliver, and secure their digital experiences — helping billions of people live, work, and play every day. With the world’s most distributed compute platform — from cloud to edge — we make it easy for customers to develop and run applications, while we keep experiences closer to users and threats farther away. Learn more about Akamai’s security, compute, and delivery solutions at akamai.com and akamai.com/blog, or follow Akamai Technologies on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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