Facebook was built thanks to great engineering, and the social network hopes to jumpstart future careers alongside charity Apps for Good.
With an investment of £100,000, Facebook and Apps for Good will teach 20,000 children coding across 220 schools in the UK.
Recently, a UK study found that less than 10 percent of engineering jobs are held by women, and just one in seven engineering students are women.
“Engineering has a bit of an image problem. It is perceived as being something that is dirty and industrial and involves wearing a boiler suit. If that’s not what you fancy doing, it’s not surprising two thirds of girls think that’s something they don’t fancy doing. We really need to scotch that myth.”
According to Facebook’s Director of Policy Simon Milner, the £100,000 investment could also help in recruiting future talent.
“This is our biggest commitment into this area, other than hackathons and things like that. Being part of this launch is part of our contribution to stimulating young people. We’re doing our bit to get more young people, especially girls, into engineering. I’d love us to be able to recruit more young people from the UK schools and universities.”
With just Graph Search alone, Facebook engineers had to develop a way of effectively indexing over one trillion posts.