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.

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

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.

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