July 15, 2014



Memphis, Tenn.- Black Girls Code announces Build A Game In A Day with Beta workshop at New Horizons Computer Learning Center for girls ages 10 – 17.


The Memphis Chapter of Black Girls CODE will host a game development workshop on July 26, 2014 at New Horizons Computer Learning Center; 4775 American Way, Memphis, TN 38118. The workshop will focus on using Beta, an interactive tool that allows players to simultaneously play, create and share games while learning how to code.

“Kids absolutely love building games in Beta,” said Meka Egwuekwe, Core Team Lead. “We are excited to bring this groundbreaking learning platform to Memphis for the first time, and are looking forward to our girls expressing their creativity.”

The workshop will be taught by Errol King, co-founder and creative director of Hidden Level Games, the New York-based startup who created Beta. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m., and the event starts promptly at 10:00 a.m.

The cost of the workshop is $35 per child, with limited scholarships available. In order to access the online platform that will be utilized, attendees must also create a Beta account prior to the workshop by visiting https://betathegame.com/create_accountParents/guardians must purchase the full version for $10.

“Community support for the Memphis chapter of BGC has been amazing. Memphians continually express an interest in ensuring our girls have the same STEM opportunities afforded to them as girls in other cities,” said Non-Technical Lead Nic Harris.

Businesses or organizations interested in food sponsorships or swag bag donations are encouraged to reach out to Harris at memphischapter@blackgirlscode.org.

Volunteer orientation for technical volunteers will be held online at a later date. Individuals wishing to volunteer should visit http://www.blackgirlscode.com/volunteer-signup.html to sign up.

For additional information or to inquire about sponsoring a girl, please contact Meka Egwuekwe, Core Team Lead, at 901.484.4203.

Online Registration: https://betamemphisbgc.eventbrite.com


About Black Girls Code: Since its founding in 2011 by Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls CODE has been a transformative global movement fueled by the power of individual but connected and engaged chapters dedicated to providing girls of color with the technical skills and inspiration to become technology leaders of tomorrow. BlackGirlsCODE is committed to changing the face of technology by introducing girls from underrepresented communities to computer science. Since 2011 – its first year of programming – BGC has engaged, educated and empowered over 2,500 girls in 16 cities across the globe. Join BGC at facebook.com/blackgirlscode and on Twitter @BlackGirlsCode.




Link to online press release: http://bit.ly/BGCBetaMemphis