Congratulations to all the participants who made it to The Code To Change 2016 bootcamp. But do not worry if you do not make it to the program, you can still attend The Code To Change Conference 2016 on November 5th! Like our successful conference last year, we are all about teaching and learning new SKILLS that will enable you to explore careers in the technology sector.
The Digital Revolution is and has changed the world we live in. In the future, ninety percent of jobs will demand digital skills. By 2020 there will be a skills deficit of a million unfilled jobs. With unemployment across Europe reaching 10%, solving the gap in e-skills will bring innovation, growth and new opportunities for many people.
You don’t have to go back to school to go into IT. The Code To Change conference will introduce you to a variety of fields in the technology sector. You will learn about existing sectors, the required skills and tips on where to get those skills. If you are looking for ways to join the IT sector (you know, the sector that is actively looking for more people to fill all open positions) or simply update your digital skills, this is the conference for you.
The conference also gives you the unique opportunity to have a speed mentoring session with the speakers of your favorite sessions.
Our 2016 conference theme remains “where do I start my tech career?” We are featuring talks, sessions and workshops from seasoned technology professionals. As well as technical and career development talks and workshops.
Topics range from big data, high performance computing, coding to confidence building, career histories and network security. The aim is to not just be about skills building, but also about expanding your network and giving you information about the options available to you.
See you on the 5th of November in Amsterdam!
We are honoured and excited to announce that we have partnered with University of Victoria Computer Science and Women in Engineering & Computer Science. Their help in building a great curriculum for our digital literacy project for women is going to touch many lives!
We are proud to have Veronika Irvine on board as the first Digital Literacy coordinator. We are excited to be working working with Veronika and her dedicated team at the University of Victoria, Canada!
Our digital literacy program provides training and online mentoring to girls with limited access to learning and educational opportunities. This project will provides digital training and mentorship opportunities for girls in less developed regions of the world. Our work was recently featured by World Pulse in their 7 Women, 7 Ideas Changing Lives series.
Amsterdam witnessed The Code to Change’s inaugural three-day eskills bootcamp and conference in October 2015 during the European Code Week. The event introduced participants to e-skills and different fields of technology industry. This initiative was brought to the public by ChunriChoupaal’s leaders and sponsors on a volunteer basis, through the shared belief that women deserve to have their talents developed and to achieve economic independence and that employers deserve to benefit from the full range of skills humanity has to offer. The e-skills bootcamp was led by Mine Ogura, who is also the Work To Equality campaign Lead at ChunriChoupaal. The bootcamp culminated in participants presenting websites of their own creation, using the skills they had learnt. The bootcamp achieved its ambition of demystifying programing, empowering the women present and opening a dialogue between participants and the representatives of the industry. The bootcamp was punctuated by flash-talks from industry professionals, who addressed wider issues of male-dominated workforce, glass-ceilings and also some inherent benefits of being a woman in a man’s world.
The organisers featured young and emerging leaders as well as senior leaders to share stories and experiences with the selected 26 mentees throughout the bootcamp.
The Code to Change conference featured talks including “Gender and Genitals in Tech; Getting rid of biased mindsets”, “Imposter Syndrome; how to stop feeling like a fraud at work” and “An overview; women in Tech”. These were balanced by two very ‘brave men’ from the IT industry, who offered a frank and helpful male perspective on the issues being discussed in “Mansplaining IT (an alternate view of reality)”. The rapidly changing nature of the industry and the structure of our civilisation was addressed in “Big Data”. The general atmosphere of empowerment was harnessed and directed by an amazing address “A workshop on Entrepreneurship Thinking”, which sought to isolate achievable goals, to value the talents that we already have and to overcome some mental barriers to success.
The Code to Change combined technical training with industry know-how. By addressing psychological and practical barriers, and reiterating a message of hope, these wonderful men and women have created a vibrant community who is helping each other develop and grow professionally.
The full list of speakers and sessions can be viewed on our conference website. Stay tuned for our videos on speakers and participant impressions of the Code To Change event!
This program is an initiative of ChunriChoupaal, whose mission is economic empowerment of women through digital technology. The Code to Change e-skills bootcamp and conference is the main event of our campaign ‘Work To Equality’ aimed at providing training and networking opportunities to ensure diversity in the workforce, particularly in the ICT industry. Our Code to Change program is powered by our vibrant community of female IT professionals and allies at “Amsterdam Women in Technology”. The event was sponsored by Marktplaats, Microsoft, GitHub, RIPENCC and Meet Berlage.
We are pleased to announce the launch of our digital literacy program with our implementing partner Zephaniah Free Education in rural Pakistan! In the first phase, we are introducing 14 school girls to the use of technology for exploring educational and training resources. The aim is to enable them to learn skills which will enable them to join the work force. Due to social and cultural constraints, these girls are not allowed to leave their homes. Technology can provide them a chance to explore opportunities from the comfort of their own homes!
But there is more! The training centre in rural village of Gujranwala, Pakistan had no qualified trainer so we embarked on this ambitious journey and started our classes from the Netherlands!