A NEW LAN­GUAGE

Stand out in a sea of peo­ple by div­ing into the world of tech and us­ing it to your ad­van­tage.

Herworld (Malaysia) - - HER LIFE -

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.

RAILS GIRLS

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.

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