#WITCPT: Female Founders of Coding Intiatives

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Wed May 17, 18:00 - Wed May 17, 21:30
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Workshop 17
Women In Tech Cape Town (WITCPT) is using May to highlight the amazing work females are doing not just in tech but to change our country and ecomony by educating as many people as possible how to code! We have three amazing initiatives coming to talk to us about their work, struggles and achievements.

Code4CT
Code4CT exists to see young women empowered to leverage technology for social innovation, so that there is greater diversity in the African tech industry. The program provides high school girls with an enabling environment to imagine and create new technology that is relevant to a South African context.

CodeX
codeX aims to solve two of Africa’s major challenges: youth unemployment and the programming skills gap. We find, train and place entry-level software developers to fuel Africa’s growing digital economy. We build relationships with industry partners, and assist in placing coders into jobs. 

GirlHype
Girlhype is a female oriented coding academy formed in 2003 to teach girls coding as a means to encourage them to consider careers in STEM. We offer two types of courses. The first is a three-month-long “Tech Career Blueprint,” targeted at preparing women and girls for their career in tech and entrepreneurship. The blueprints are aimed at designing web based apps. The second is the "Impact Course" where you choose small group classes or a 10-day bootcamp for an introduction to coding.

Baratang Miya, a self taught coderthe founder and CEO of Girlhype coding academy for women and girls. For her extraordinary work providing access to technology for women and girls, Baratang was named as one of the top three for the 2016 MTN Women In ICTCommunity Builder Award. The US State Department has also recognized her commitment to women and girls in STEM, and invited her to spend six weeks in Silicon Valley with other Tech Women award recipients. Baratang has just been chosen for the 2017 ITS Global Policy Fellowship taking place in Brazil, where she will have an opportunity to work with key stakeholders and government officials. Over the years, Baratang has deepened her knowledge and understanding of tech ecosystems which saw her managing CiTi’s Bandwidth Barn located in Khayelitsha, Managed the BlackBerry’s AppsLab in Cape Town, and has also project managed the City of Cape Town’s SmartCity content development strategy. 

GirlHype:
Girlhype is a women coding academy formed In 2003 to teaching girls coding as a means to encouraging to consider careers in STEM. We offer two types of courses. The first is a three-month-long “tech career blueprint,” targeted at preparing women and girls for the career in  tech and entrepreneurship. The blueprints offered designing web based apps. The second is impact where you could also choose small group classes (or a 10-day bootcamp) of introduction to coding.

Url: www.girlhype.co.za
Twitter handle: @girlhypesa

Emma founded Code for Cape Town, an initiative that introduces high school girls to web development and creative problem solving with the vision of enabling young women to leverage technology to drive African innovation. She has been awarded the Queen's Young Leaders Award for her work towards social justice which she received in June 2015 from her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. She is an Ambassador for Africa Code Week, has been listed in the Mail & Guardian Top 200, and was a 2014 Brightest Young Mind delegate. 

Code4CT:
Code4CT exists to see young women empowered to leverage technology for social innovation, so that there is greater diversity in the African tech industry. The program provides high school girls with an enabling environment to imagine and create new technology that is relevant to a South African context.
Code4CT equipS high potential female learners with the coding, problem solving and life skills that will allow them to leverage technology to contribute meaningfully to South Africa’s innovation system. The program exposes young women to how technology can be used for social innovation and helps them navigate critical study decisions.

Url: www.code4ct.com
Twitter handle: @code4ct @emmajanedicks

Onwaba Mrhwteyana

Onwaba Mrhwetyana is a code mentor at codeX. 
After a brief stint studying Pharmacy at UWC, she found her love for coding at Brothers for All in Langa and later enrolled in codeX to become a full stack developer. She continues her learning journey by mentoring new young coders and discovering how much more powerful self-led learning can be.


Cara Turner

Cara is the COO and Agile Coach at codeX, a disruptive education initiative that equips aspiring coders with high quality skills and experience, while bridging the digital divide. Having spent years helping teams adopt agile practices that reduce risk and increase workplace happiness, she now helps aspiring coders to discover and follow their tech passions, on their journey to become agile software developers. Cara has an insatiable love of learning, and cares deeply about sharing knowledge to build stronger communities.

codeX:
codeX aims to solve two of Africa’s major challenges: youth unemployment and the programming skills gap. We find, train and place entry-level software developers to fuel Africa’s growing digital economy. We build relationships with industry partners, and assist in placing coders into jobs. 
codeX sets out to bridge the digital divide by changing the way we approach training. 
Our intensive one-year course follows agile principles to provide an accelerated learning environment. Coders follow a self-paced curriculum with support from tech mentors, peer-to-peer mentoring as well as industry mentors who help prepare coders for the working world.
The program equips candidates with a strong foundation in industry-leading practices for web development, applied experience and agile team work, enabling graduates to start working as entry-level software developers. 

Url: www.projectcodeX.co
Twitter handle: @project_codeX

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#WITCPT: Female Founders of Coding Intiatives
Workshop 17
V & A Waterfront, 17 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
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