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Girls’ Programming Skills Hit the Fashion Week Runway in LED-Studded Dress

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Through Google’s “Made With Code” program, a group of girls were able to help fashion designer Zac Posen show off a fantastic LED-studded dress for New York Fashion Week. Their efforts helped bring the lights to the party, as they programmed the lights themselves into designs that would display on the runway. The girls involved also got to go to Posen’s show to see their work hit the runway in a moment that seems like the best kind of magical payoff to their hard work.

The “Made With Code” program is a program designed by Google to show young girls that programming isn’t just staring at a screen. In fact, it has incredible physical applications, including intersections with maker-style projects like Posen’s LED dress. I, myself, own a 3D-printed bracelet made during a tech event for “Made With Code” that says Burritos. Because of course I do.

The hope is that this program inspires new creative uses for technology in younger generations, allowing for innovation and change within the tech industry itself. Getting a sixth app that’s “like Uber but for washing your clothes” is fine, but being able to combine a maker’s eye with programming is even better.

(via The Daily Dot)

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Jessica Lachenal
Jessica Lachenal is a writer who doesn’t talk about herself a lot, so she isn’t quite sure how biographical info panels should work. But here we go anyway. She's the Weekend Editor for The Mary Sue, a Contributing Writer for The Bold Italic (, and a Staff Writer for Spinning Platters ( She's also been featured in Model View Culture and Frontiers LA magazine, and on Autostraddle. She hopes this has been as awkward for you as it has been for her.

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