From the monthly archives:

March 2012

We are joined by Heather Payne, founder of Ladies Learning Code, a [a women-run not-for-profit group working to empower everyone to feel comfortable learning beginner-friendly technical skills in a social, collaborative way.] (from ladieslearningcode.com)

Discussion

  • Ladies Learning Code events
  • workshops have a 4:1 ratio of students to instructors
  • it is more difficult to build web apps than simple websites
  • PyLadies workshops
  • workshops are open to all, men and women
  • Ladies Learning Code would like to know: Have you transitioned from the workshop to development work?
  • JavaScript
  • HTML/CSS
  • Ruby
  • WordPress theme development
  • Mobile Web
  • Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • Reception has been positive
  • This is an intensive 8-9 hour process
  • Workshops make it clear that women are welcome
  • Assumptions of women’s involvement in tech projects tend to be more toward marketing/social media, and not development
  • Job description language should become more gender neutral
  • There is a demand for developers
  • Is foul language and naming conventions in some libraries¬†off-putting or offensive¬†for women?
  • Parents make assumptions on their children’s interests based on sex, this contributes to less interest in technology later on
  • “It’s cool to act dumb in math and science class”
  • Mozilla Community Space
  • Build interest in technology when people are younger
  • Kickstarter
  • LEGO Mindstorms
  • Scratch
  • Hackety Hack
  • Hackasaurus
  • HIVE Learning Network
  • HopScotchKits.com
  • CodeNow
  • KidsRuby
  • CodeAcademy
  • You’re more qualified than you think you are
  • eMail list
  • Ladies Learning Code on Twitter
  • Heater Payne on Twitter
  • Ladies Learning Code on Facebook

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