Class gets girls into tech
An Auckland coding class strictly for girls is setting out to address a shortage of women in the technology sector.
Girl Code is an eight week introductory 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 par- ticipation in coding - a digital language that sets rules for computers to follow.
‘‘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,’’ Alice Gatland said.
Girl Code graduate Wynona Dekker, 22, said the course gave her the confidence to change the trajectory of her university studies and enrol in an engineering paper.
‘‘I never would have done, or had the confidence to do it, had I not done Girl Code,’’ Dekker said.
The next intake runs from August 3 until September 21.
Girl Code founders Alice and Matthew Gatland say there are not enough women in the technology sector.