As many of you may be aware, She Codes jumped on a plane this month and headed over to the sunny East Coast, where we were more than excited to meet a whole new community of coders.
The weekend started off on a high with our founder Kate Kirwin pitching the She Codes mission at River City Labs for their weekly community members pitch night. It was great to see the continued support we received, as well as some friendly faces in the audience who have already been helping us on our journey. The next morning, we headed back to River City Labs to deliver our one day workshop to a sold-out community of women!
The inaugural Brisbane event confirmed for us that there are women all over Australia who are excited about coding and the tech industry, they just need a community to help them grow. Which is where She Codes comes in.
Our day was filled with learning as women from all walks of life learned either foundation level HTML & CSS, Django or Python in a self-paced environment, mentored by industry professionals. With some of our supporting mentors traveling with us from Perth, we were lucky to have some of the brightest minds in the room helping these women succeed.
As always, we had a delicious and healthy lunch followed by cupcakes and a quick dance break in the afternoon. The best part about our one-day workshops is that no experience is necessary – just a laptop, a sense of adventure and a willingness to learn, and that’s what all the women in Brisbane had this November!
Before we headed home, we joined a full house back at River City Labs for ‘The Future of Women in Tech’ a discussion hosted by Marti Wigder Grimminck, featuring Holly Bretherton from ACS, Pauline Fetaui from RCL Zak Hammer from Qantas, Janine Griffiths from Accenture, Sarah-Jane Peterschlingmann and Liz McMillan.
The following day, we were proud to be sponsors of the Women in Tech Fest, a full day conference leading the future of tech diversity through content, community, and empowerment.
Hearing from a range of guest speakers and inspirational individuals throughout the day, including Hon. Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen Founder of Tech Girls Movement and Rhody Burton of Google, we jumped back on the plane full of excitement and passion, ready for the remainder of the year and with lofty goals for the future.
If you’re in Brisbane and missed out on our inaugural event, make sure you sign up to our mailing list today. We have plenty of exciting things coming your way in 2020. Stay tuned!