Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

  • Thursday, May 5, 2016 / 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
  • Pollock Theater
  • Screening Format: Sony 4K Digital Projection (78 Minutes)
  • With Robin Hauser Reynolds (Director/Producer)

Expert voices from the worlds of tech, psychology, science, and education are intercut in this inspirational documentary, which examines why girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in the rapidly growing computer science job sector. Code (2015) explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in the national crisis that will see one million unfilled software engineering jobs in the U.S. by 2020.

The screening was followed by an expert panel discussion with Robin Hauser Reynolds (Director/Producer),  Cornelia Davis (Director of Platform Engineering in the Cloud Foundry Team at Pivotal), Maria Charles (Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department, Area Director for Sex and Gender research at the Broom Center for Demography and Affiliated Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara), Karen K. Myers (Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Associate Dean in the Graduate Division at the University of California, Santa Barbara) and Amr El Abbadi (Professor in the Computer Science Department, University of California, Santa Barbara.) Cynthia Stohl, Professor in the Department of Communication and Director of CITS, University of California, Santa Barbara will be the moderator.


Director/Producer Robin Hauser Reynolds

Robin Hauser Reynolds is the director and producer of cause-based documentary films at Finish Line Features, LLC.  As both a business woman and a longtime professional photographer, Robin brings her creative eye and leadership skills to her documentary film projects. Her years in fine art photography give her a keen vision for the artistic design of her films; her experience in the business world affords her a unique perspective on what it takes to motivate an audience. Robin’s most recent film, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2015, and has caught the attention of the international tech industry and of policy makers in Washington, DC and abroad.  Previously, Robin co-directed and produced the documentary feature, Running for Jim, which won 14 awards at 20 film festivals. She has spoken about the importance of increased diversity in computer programming and on behalf of women’s rights at the Mobile World Congress, SXSW Interactive Conference, InspireFest, AT&T Foundry FutureCast, Dell Women Entrepreneur Network. As Director of CODE documentary, Robin has been featured in national publications: USA Today, Wired, Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire, San Francisco Business Times

This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center and CITS.

CWC Docs

The Carsey-Wolf Center is committed to screening documentaries from across the world that engage with contemporary and historical issues, especially regarding social justice and environmental concerns. Documentaries allow filmmakers to address pressing issues and frame the critical debates of our time..