A NEW LANGUAGE
Stand out in a sea of people by diving into the world of tech and using it to your advantage.
We're living in an age where technology is constantly on the rise. Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, CEO of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, announced that schools have added coding to their curriculum with the aim of making the next generation not just users of technology but makers of it. Most industries today also require some knowledge of technology or coding to progress. Take your tech game to another level by getting the support you need from a like-minded community.
GIRLS IN TECH
Girls in Tech is determined to empower and encourage women, especially those who are in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field. They support women-led tech endeavours in various ways, including as a platform to network and make connections that would be helpful to progress. You can get involved by signing up for free, giving you access to classes and workshops taught by mentors who are professionals from all over the world.
Led by a team of dedicated women, Rails Girls Malaysia centres on bridging the equality and gender gap in digital education. Organised by Code Play, they offer free workshops and events for women to get together and be hands-on with Ruby on Rails (Ruby is a programming language and Rails is a Ruby framework) to build an application. Airbnb, Groupon and Twitter are some examples of apps that were built with Ruby on Rails. The Rails Girls host one-day beginner workshops, which are free. If you want to delve further into it, they have short-term programmes too. “We also have an online community where women can get information about other things going on in the tech world,” Faezrah Rizalman, a committee member, shares. Be kept in the loop by following their Facebook page at Rails Girls KL or Rails Girls Kuching.
WOMEN WHO CODE KL (WWCODE KL)
A global non-profit organisation which set foot in Kuala Lumpur in September 2014, WWCode KL aims to inspire women to excel in their technology careers. By becoming a member of WWCode KL, you'll be in the know of their upcoming events and workshops, which may be free or offered at a small fee. You can also follow them on Facebook for the latest updates and to contribute to the community. If you can't attend the workshops or meet-ups due to a hectic schedule, WWCode KL has launched its 'Self-Starter Coder' programme, which seeks to build a community of coders to pick up any language in their own time. Rest assured they have mentors of various expertise to guide you. All you've got to do is search for 'Self-Starter Coder' on Facebook and join the online community.