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Grassroots women’s coding initiative launches at NGA

 Aug. 30, 2016

 Jacquelyn Karpovich
 National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Two GEOINT Pathfinder alumnae are on a mission to expand coding talent in the intelligence community.

Eliza Bradley, Ph.D, a spectral imagery scientist and Sarah Vahlkamp, a workforce analyst, saw the benefits of developing a familiarity with different technologies — including coding languages — as part of the first iteration of the agency’s GEOINT Pathfinder initiative.

“Coding ability among the team members ranged from very experienced to very new,” said Vahlkamp. “The whole team saw the benefit of sharing resources and knowledge to increase everyone’s abilities.”

After the project’s conclusion, the two women brainstormed ways to better support women in coding, especially those who are not in work roles that require it, but still invested in boosting their computational literacy, said Bradley.

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