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Doja Cat’s ‘Woman’ music video will teach you how to code


Doja Cat’s Woman’ music video premiered last week and is currently at number four on YouTube’s trending music. (Getty)

Interactive music videos have been around for a while but for the first time, a music video will introduce viewers to coding.

American pop artist Doja Cat has partnered with Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization, to release the ‘first ever’ codable music video. 

Girls Who Code aims to get women and girls interested in the field of computer science. The organization transformed her new music video for ‘Woman’ into an interactive coding experience.

Fans can now visit Dojacode.com to experience the interactive music video on ‘Planet Her’. Viewers are introduced to three different programming languages in the video: CSS, JavaScript or Python. 

Once you press play, the site plays the ‘Woman’ music video, pausing it at particular moments and prompting viewers to tinker with the different elements on the screen by filling in blanks in a snippet of code. The pauses are marked using coloured stars – pink for Python, yellow for CSS and blue for Javascript.

The first break lets you use CSS to change the colour of the characters nails in real-time. 

Viewers are introduced to three different programming languages in the video: CSS, JavaScript or Python. (Credit: Dojacode.com)

In another segment, viewers can enter the name of a city to change the time of day in the video. For example, when you type in ‘London’ at around 10 am the sky in the video changes to reflect the sky outside.

The coding part in itself is nothing more than filling in a colour or a number in a blank snippet of code, based on prompts displayed. However, the experience can be a nice introduction to get people interested in programming.

Once you’re done, you can either download your customised music video or share it on social media.

For those who’ve never dabbled in programming, it can be fun to experiment with the power of coding when you see the changes you program into the video be reflected instantly.

‘We know firsthand that girls and young women are some of today’s most powerful creators and change-makers. However, too few know that they can have a career in computer science and that it can open up an entire future of possibility to nurturing their passions. Learning to code enables you to change the world around you,’ said Tarika Barrett, CEO of Girls Who Code.

‘Most girls haven’t heard of coding, but they are passionate about activism or dance or music,’ added Barrett. ‘Our job is to show them the connection between learning to code and pursuing those interests,’

Girls Who Code was working with creative agency Mojo Supermarket on an idea for a codable music video which was how the collaboration with Doja Cat came about.

Doja Cat is now the female rapper with the most Top 10 solos on Spotify’s global ranking, surpassing Cardi B & Nicki Minaj. Her ‘Woman’ music video that premiered last week, is currently at number four on YouTube’s trending music with 16,835,892 views.

Emily Berger, the creative lead at Mojo Supermarket, which developed the interactive video with digital studio Active Theory reportedly believes that Doja Cat’s popularity would be helpful in getting more girls to try coding through this project. 

Girls Who Code aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science by ‘equipping young women with the necessary computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities’.

Women make up 50% of the UK workforce but less than 15% of STEM jobs. Girls Who Code is now accepting applications for their virtual classrooms in the US, Canada, and the UK.


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