It’s no secret that actress Lupita Nyong’o is a smart and talented movie star who elevates any red carpet she walks. And her appearance at a recent promotional event for the new “Star Wars” film, in which she plays Maz Kanata, was no different.
Nyong’o wore a beautifully designed dress that resembles the night sky (or a galaxy far, far away). The dress was gorgeous, a ZAC Zac Posen design, and covered in flashing LED lights, lighting up in various intricate patterns as she walked down the carpet. Even cooler than that, though, the coding for those LED lights was created entirely by young female programmers who are part of Google’s Made with Code initiative. The coding program was created to encourage girls to get interested in programming, which is important because, as MWC says on its website, “increasingly more aspects in our lives are powered by technology, yet women aren’t represented in the roles that make technology happen.”
Made with Code has a number of interactive coding projects to encourage this, including a music maker, a GIF animator, and — you guessed it — the opportunity to make your own light-up dress using the same Zac Posen dress Nyong’o wore as a template.