Women Who Code, the fast-growing movement that aims to eradicate the gender bias in the IT industry by teaching code, will soon be establishing a branch in Dublin, the founder of Women Who Code UK Sheree Atcheson told Inspirefest 2015.
Atcheson said that Women Who Code has grown to more than 25,000 members in 15 countries.
“We are here to provide an avenue for women in technology and erase this gender bias. We try to do that by creating a place for women in their local area.
“All our events are free. It doesn’t matter what your background is, we will provide you with the skills to find a place in the tech industry through coding workshops, interview techniques, all the things you need to stand out with an employer.”
24-year-old Atcheson started Women Who Code UK in Belfast in 2013 and said that it skyrocketed within two months and was listed by The Guardian as one of the top start-ups in the UK.
“We will be setting up in Dublin this year. We can’t wait to bring Women Who Code to Dublin.
“We target university students and anyone from 18 upwards, including women who have been in the IT industry 25 years.
“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,” Atcheson said.
Inspirefest 2015 is Silicon Republic’s international event running 18-20 June in Dublin, connecting sci-tech professionals passionate about the future of STEM with fresh perspectives on leadership, innovation and diversity.