Tour de Code: Calling All Women Who Code and Design (Or Want To…)

30 Sep Tour de Code: Calling All Women Who Code and Design (Or Want To…)

rosietheriveterI’m part of the founding group of DCFemTech, a collective of 25+ women in technology organizations in the Washington DC/Metro area that formed earlier this year to worktogether to collaborate, support and streamline technology education and events in the community.

The gender gap in tech is real. Women make up only 26% of the computing workforce, which has large technology companies focused on improving their diversity numbers. Big challenges have been identified, from pipeline to retention issues, and the good news is that big opportunities exist as well. There are myriad programs to help women develop their technical skills and determine whether to change careers, advance in their current job, or better understand others working in their tech company.

This coming Thursday night, from 6-8pm at Google (25 Mass Ave., NW), there is going to be a Meet & Mingle to get to know the leaders of the organizations that comprise DCFemTech, and for the community to learn more about more ways to get involved in the growth and support of women in tech in the DC area. The current list of DCFemTech affiliated organizations can be found here:

Post the kick-off on Thursday, there is a full month of “Tour de Code” programs that are planned around the region and will be hosted by organizations in the DCFem Tech collective.

Tour de Code will highlight regional opportunities in an easy-to-consume schedule with tech events ranging in focus from design to CSS to JavaScript. The events are being hosted in October across the DC Metro region by DCFemTech affiliated or supportive organizations such as Women Who Code, Startup Weekend, Code for Progress and more.

Stephanie Nguyen, Co-Founder of Silica Labs and DCFemTech organizer will tell you that when she was looking for opportunities to broaden her technical skills in DC, she was surprised by the fact that these communities were collaborative rather than competitive. Tour de Code is an opportunity to spotlight the numerous support mechanisms in place for women in tech and hopefully give our organizations a bigger voice than they may have on their own.

This promises to be an inspirational October filled with workshops and events to help beginners learn how to code and design! Follow @DCFemTech on Twitter for all of the details.

So, if you are a women interested in coding and design (from beginner to advanced), you have the entire month of October, to get involved. The  schedule can be found here:

Hope to see you at one or many of these awesome events!

Lisa Throckmorton
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