About

Our goal at She Codes is to inspire 100,000 women by 2025. We do this by teaching technical skills, connecting women to career pathways, and working with fantastic partners.
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Our team

Kate Kirwin

Kate Kirwin is our Founder. She is a passionate advocate for women in STEM and innovation – with a background running hackathons, accelerators and event. Kate is also passionate about providing opportunities for people in regional Australia.

Holly Keogh

Holly is our Community and Operations Lead. She uses her strong background in customer service and community to grow our programs and build strong and meaningful connections within our cohorts. Holly has successfully delivered projects spanning three states and 6 locations.

Hayley van Waas

Hayley is a developer and educator, and she’s been teaching others to code for as long as she has been coding herself. She is a firm believer that anyone can learn to code, and proves it by dedicating a lot of her working and personal life to helping to improve the diversity in the tech industry.

Kate Bushell

Located in Brisbane, Kate is our Head of Partnerships. Kate has 20 years experience in HR, recruitment, leadership and coaching. Kate is also the Founder of Girls of Impact, with a simple goal – to see young women embrace their purpose, passion and power and make a positive impact on the world by finding a job they love. 

Backed by Spacecubed

She Codes is proud to be a program of Spacecubed – experts in coworking, innovation and entrepreneurship with a goal of empowering and supporting 1 million changemakers and entrepreneurs by 2030.

Our impact

We are committed to solving diversity challenges, whilst positively impacting women. We believe in practical learning opportunities, and tangible outcomes that are measured and tracked. 

In 2021 we produced our first Impact Report,  showcasing the impact of our work across economic, social, employment and community outcomes.

Our locations

To date we have run programs across Perth, regional Western Australia and Brisbane. We are launching soon in Melbourne and Sydney – watch this space! Our main office is in Perth Western Australia, with a satellite office in Brisbane, Queensland. Our locations are constantly growing and updating, join the mailing list to stay in touch with opportunities in your area, or, if you’re interested in bringing She Codes programs to your community, check out Partnership opportunities.

Our journey

It all started when we ran our first workshop under the brand Perth{web}Girls - budgets were so tight, the organising committee even made 80 muffins the night before for breakfast for participants

March 2015

BHP joined us as our first major partner

2016

Begun working with Robert Walters Recruitment, and providing opportunities to connect women to work

2017

Started our first regional programs in Bunbury and Port Hedland

2018

Founder Kate Kirwin won a Rising Stars award from the West Australian and Northern Star Resources

March 2019

Started the first Plus program in Perth, impacting 25 women

July 2019

We also rebranded to She Codes Australia, recognising the huge growth of the program from Perth to national

July 2019

Held our first Flash program in Perth

October 2019

In 2020 came a global pandemic, and the start of our online programs, with a virtual Flash program, a blended online/remote regional program in Geraldton, and a virtual coding party with participants from 3 countries around the world

March 2020

2020 saw the start of our Brisbane programs, with 17 women graduating the first Plus program

June 2020

In 2021 our Founder Kate Kirwin won a Business News 40under40 award for her work on She Codes, and later that year Technical Lead Hayley van Waas won a Women in Tech WA Tech[+] award

March 2021

Ran our first Pilbara Plus cohort, with 6 women in the Pilbara region of Western Australia completing the program

May 2021

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