CoderDojo – Only girls allowed!
CoderDojo teamed up with Deloitte and University College London (UCL) to host only the second ever girls only Dojo pulling in 100 soon to be cutting edge coders. The event was so popular with technically minded youngsters that the tickets sold out in a mere 24 hours. CoderDojo is a free programming movement aimed at young people aged 7 to 17 years old from all over the world. The focus of the movement is to encourage technological skill sets in young people and to give them the opportunity to learn how to write computer code, create websites, apps and more.
Jess Ricketts, a Senior Developer from Deloitte Digital, took to the stage at the opening of the event to provide an inspirational account on creating a future career in technology, giving a valuable insight into what it’s like to be a developer. She was followed by Deloitte Digital’s Maggie Serino who spoke about her experience as a female coder, ending with the wise words, “If you have the right motivation you can do anything”. There were also insightful speeches from Yasmin Bey, Europe’s Digital Girl of the year 15/16, the Ada College’s Tom Fogdon and Anne Marie Imafidon, co-founder of Stemettes. The girls spent the afternoon learning how to code alongside experienced professionals followed by an extensive show and tell session showing the projects the girls had worked on during the day showcasing their new skills and flare for technology.
Shilpa Shah, a Director who leads the women in technology network, also acted as a mentor and attended the event with her two daughters, who had fun programming bots and learning Python programming.