Women Who Code Dublin to host first night on 12 November

12 Oct 2015

Women Who Code, an organisation that helps women develop their digital skills to pursue a career in technology, will be launching its first Irish branch in Dublin on 12 November.

The plan to create a Women Who Code (WWC) Dublin branch was first announced back in June at Inspirefest 2015 where its UK expansion director, Sheree Atcheson, said it was only natural for Dublin to join the fold that has seen WWC establish bases in 18 countries with over 30,000 members.

Speaking at the festival, Atcheson confirmed that it would be coming to Dublin, but now the date of 12 November has been set aside as its official launch date.

The first (WWC) Dublin event will take place at the Zendesk office space at 1 Grand Parade, Ranelagh from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

“Our first meeting will be focused on welcoming the community and that means ‘you’ and for doing it more special,” says the event’s information page.

“You might be wondering about what hacknight is but don’t worry we won’t be coding from the beginning, let’s meet each other first and have fun then we will decide what we want to learn, share and build at WWC Dublin.”

The US-based non-profit has grown considerably over the last few years, hosting free events for participants covering both developing coding skills for participants from any background, to teaching them interview techniques and how to actually get a job in tech.

Speaking at Inspirefest 2015, Atcheson said: “We cater for all age spectrums. Women in the tech industry come to our events to mentor but also to brush up on their skills. Some of our members include university students who don’t feel comfortable standing up at lectures to say they don’t understand something. There is a great social aspect to it and that’s why it flairs so strongly all over the world.”

Dublin image via Shutterstock

Women Invent is Silicon Republic’s campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. It has been running since March 2013, and is kindly supported by Intel, Open Eir (formerly Eircom Wholesale), Fidelity Investments, Accenture and CoderDojo.

Updated 13/10/2015 09:16: This article has been amended to show that Sheree Atcheson is WWC’s UK expansion director and that the WWC is now in 18 countries, rather than 15.

Colm Gorey
By Colm Gorey

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic. He joined in January 2014 and covered AI, IoT, science and anything that will get us to Mars quicker. When not trying to get his hands on the latest gaming release, he can be found lost in a sea of Wikipedia articles on obscure historic battles and countries that don't exist any more, or watching classic Simpsons episodes far too many times to count.

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