Girls coding class popular
An Auckland coding class strictly for girls is setting out to address a shortage of women in the technology sector.
Girl Code, which runs out of innovation incubator GridAKL, is an eight week introductory crash course in web development and programming, aimed at women between the ages of 15 and 25.
The program was founded by siblings Alice and Matthew Gatland who said they started the course due to a lack female participation in coding - a digital language that sets rules for computers to follow.
‘‘We’d have these events and you wouldn’t get any girls,’’ Alice Gatland said.
‘‘What we found was that if you do an event which is just for women, you’ll get women, and if you don’t put a gender on it you’ll get mostly boys.’’
The duo said they wanted to do something different from the majority of beginner courses, which generally offered only single day tasters in tech.
‘‘We wanted to do something which was a little bit more indepth and a little bit longer than most of the courses out there.
‘‘Girl Code is there if you want to dip a foot in, not dip a toe in, but not jump straight into the industry,’’ she said.
‘‘We really try to push that it is collaborative, you’re not just working on it alone in a basement,’’ she said.
Matthew Gatland said his goal was for people entering a tech job being able to turn up on their first day and understand the environment.
The next intake runs from August 3 until September 21 and costs $400 for eight two hour courses.
Girl Code graduate Wynona Dekker, 22, said she loved the course so much she begged Alice and Matthew into doing a more advanced programme.
The course gave her the confidence to change the trajectory of her university studies and enrol in an engineering paper, she said.
‘‘I never would have done, or had the confidence to do it, had I not done Girl Code,’’ Dekker said.