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Girls Who Code Holds Graduation at Santa Monica Riot HQ

Karma is the name of Riot Games' social impact program


August 18, 2019

Photo Caption: Sue-Min Koh, Karma Manager for Riot Games, and Girls Who Code participant Claire Thibodeaux receiving her diploma. In the back is Stephanie Castaneda, the Girls Who Code teacher.

At the August 2, 2019 graduation the girls presented their final projects, heard from Riot Games' Head of Technology Mike Seavers and commemorated their achievements from the past few weeks.

For the last 10 years Riot has tried to expand opportunities in the game industry.

This summer that involved working with Girls Who Code to provide 20 local high school students with coding lessons, activities like robotics design and creating their own esports broadcast, and overall exposure to the game industry.

The event was held at Riot's Santa Monica HQ. Karma is the name of Riot Games' social impact program.

At the event the GWC students presented projects they developed over the past weeks in a science fair like format.

Many of the young women participating in the program come from historically underserved communities around LA including Hoover, Koreatown and Compton.

(Riot Games is a video game publisher based in Santa Monica).


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