Girls com­puter cod­ing class prov­ing pop­u­lar

East and Bays Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - 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 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.

‘‘We’d have these events and you wouldn’t get any girls,’’ Alice Gat­land said.

The duo said they wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent from other 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.

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.

‘‘We re­ally try to push that it is col­lab­o­ra­tive, you’re not just work­ing on it alone in a base­ment,’’ she said.

The next in­take runs from Au­gust 3 un­til Septem­ber 21 and costs $400.

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