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Girls Who Code Breaks the Internet with Punchy Digital Campaign

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Mojo Supermarket highlights unseen contributions of women coders with 'Missing Code'

Girls Who Code Breaks the Internet with Punchy Digital Campaign
In a move designed to celebrate the unseen contributions of female coders, Girls Who Code is launching 'Missing Code', a digital campaign that illustrates how broken the internet would be, if not for the work done by women. The campaign was made possible by the generous support of Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ 'IF/THEN' initiative and created in partnership with a women-led team at independent agency, Mojo Supermarket.

In 2020, women made up just 26% of computing jobs. The new campaign is designed to highlight the contributions of women in tech and shift perceptions of what a programmer looks like, while also drawing attention to the gender gap. 'Missing Code' kicks off today for Computer Science Education Week, and will run throughout the week on Girls Who Code social media channels and website.

“There is still a perception out there that coding isn’t for girls, but that’s not true - we know that a huge part of the web was coded by women,” said Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. “With this campaign, we’re hoping to inspire the next generation of women coders by showing them what the world would look like if they weren’t building it, designing it, coding it. Because without their contributions, the world as we know it, would fall apart.”

The campaign kicks off with a one-minute film, featuring a young woman navigating a broken, glitchy internet - realising what the world would be like if girls didn’t code. The film includes a cameo by singer-songwriter-actor-gamer mxmtoon. To bring its creative vision to life, Mojo Supermarket brought in award-winning director / writer, Sonejuhi Sinha, and her team from division7 that includes its animation partners, the shy kids, pioneers in screen-photography. Mojo chose Sonejuhi knowing she could plus-up the script and string together interesting animation and treatment.

“We needed something that grabs attention and changes the way people see this industry,” explained Mo Said, founder and chief creative officer of Mojo Supermarket. “Everyone thinks of coders as nerdy guys in loose fitting hoodies. We wanted to engage teens and actually change that perception. How do you show that the internet needs women coders? By showing just how much it would suck without them.”

The 'Missing Code' campaign features an interactive portal where visitors can surf an alternate, dystopian internet missing the code written by women. The portal features mocked up homepages of top platforms - including Teen Vogue, Sephora, and Adidas - reprogrammed to show just how crucial women are to the field.

“The team at Mojo Supermarket came up with such a fantastic concept, our director, Sonejuhi Sinha, saw this come to life immediately in her mind. She saw it as a story about technology told in a distinctly modern and innovative way. Having worked with the shy kids on a number of projects, we knew they were really the only option to create this film with us, and they constantly surprised us with what they came up with,” said David Richards, co-managing director of division7.

“We are thrilled to support our partner Girls Who Code on the ‘Missing Code’ campaign which reinforces the important roles women have played in building the web,” said Nicole Small, CEO of Lyda Hill Philanthropies and co-founder of the IF/THEN initiative. “We know that ‘IF she can see it, THEN she can be it’ and hope this campaign will inspire more girls to follow in the footsteps of the brilliant women who came before them.”

Click here to view the portal. To follow updates about the campaign, follow Girls Who Code at @GirlsWhoCode on all social media.

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Client: Girls Who Code

Chief Marketing Officer: Deborah Singer

Director of Campaigns: Charlotte Stone

Director of Communications: Tania Zaparaniuk

Director of Marketing: Ashley Gramby

Social Media Associate: Jerica Deck


Agency: Mojo Supermarket

Founder/Chief Creative Officer: Mo Said

Director of Art & Design: Camilo De Galofre

Sr Copywriter: Emily Berger

Art Director: Sarah Olicker

Jr Designer: Yula Ye

Creative Director: Adam Tetreault

Managing Director: Kendra Schaaf

Business Director: Talia Saville


Production: division7

Director: Sonejuhi Sinha

Created/Animation By: shy kids

Managing Directors: David Richards and Kamila Prokop

Producer: David Richards


Artist: MADAX

Song: Tampa Curhat Beat? More Like Soda Beat

Record Label: 302 Records

The Marketing Standard, Mon, 07 Dec 2020 16:09:32 GMT