Mark Zuckerberg cited a young Peruvian national, Mariana Costa, as example of change in the world, for opening a laboratory to help talented women with limited resources to become web developers.
“In August, I met a young woman named Mariana Costa, she works here in Lima. And a couple of years ago, she founded a startup called Laboratoria that helps women from low-income backgrounds be trained to become web developers,” he commented.
The Facebook CEO noted her mission was to go out and find talent where no one else is looking.
According to him, more than 70% of the women who have gone through Mariana’s Laboratoria are employed and that they are an example of what is possible.
“They are changing not only their daily lives, but they are changing whole communities in their cities, and she [Mariana Costa] says the automate goal is to change entire countries for the better,” Zuckerberg stated.
Mariana claims —he continued— that most women who show up and join her program have no idea of their potential while going in, but within a few weeks they are building their first web apps, and within months they are engineers and are ready to join the workforce.
In his speech, he advocated for a stimulus in connectivity, while noting this will be the path next generations will have to follow to do magnificent things and facilitate prosperity.