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Google's Offering Money for the Best Scripts About Computer Science

Image: Still from 1999's The Net / Columbia Pictures
Image: Still from 1999's The Net / Columbia Pictures

Basically, Google would really like it if there were more movies about computer scientists that weren’t just a collection of every nerd cliché. Can you write good? Google will actually pay you to write a good script.


Google is teaming up with The Black List to grant up to $15,ooo for three people to write three scripts—one film and two TV pilots—that will help change the usual pop culture image of computer science and scientists. So no broken glasses and asthma, presumably. But also no hilarious Hollywood hacking, I hope. Actually, it’s part of a Google initiative to bring women and people of color into computer science—so I guess these movies also have to make computer science look open and welcoming, and not like a white-bro paradise. Best of luck, everyone.

The submission process starts now and ends July 15, with the lucky grant winners getting their money in the fall. The grant winners will keep the rights to their scripts, but they will also have to explain to Google how the money they got was used to execute the project. I wonder if “It kept me fed and housed me while I wrote the script” will be enough.



Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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I imagine if anyone wrote a TV show about computer programming, without any levity or embellishment, it would be a real snoozefest. The movie that came closest to reality I think is Office Space. Maybe people that work in actual science or research have a more exciting time of it.