Girls cod­ing class pop­u­lar

Auckland City Harbour News - - PUBLIC NOTICES - ADAM JA­COB­SON

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.

Their aim was to sim­u­late a work­place, with stu­dents work- ing to­gether in small groups to cre­ate web pages and ap­pli­ca­tions util­is­ing com­mon web cod­ing lan­guages HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

‘‘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.

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