Virtual coding event for young women passionate about tech
The Institute of Coding (IoC) is partnering with social inclusion enterprise, Sisterhood, to host a free virtual workshop and inspire young women to turn their passion for social good into a career that sees them at the forefront of change.
With some schools remaining closed, the event will aim to inspire creativity during lockdown. It will bring together young women from all over the country who want to make the world better, and give them a whole day of hands-on learning with some of the industry’s most progressive innovators.
The ‘create-a-thon’ challenge will partner eight teams of participants with their own digital mentor, who’ll help each group identify a social issue or problem they care about and use skills such as AI and coding to show how technology could help solve it.
The digital mentors lined up so far include:
- Rifke Sadleir, a creative coder who recently worked with brands such as Converse and LDN Creative Coding
- Charlene Prempeh, founder of a Vibe Called Tech, which explores empowerment and oppression within technology and race
- Jazmin Morris, creative technologist and part of the digitalmakercollective, which is focused on sharing emerging technologies and celebrating digital collaboration
Rebecca Thomson and Rachita Saraogi, Co-founders and Directors of Sisterhood said: “From our work with young women all across the country, we know how important it is to empower their voices and encourage them to be a part of the industries that are shaping tomorrow’s world.”
The ‘Do Good With Digital’ workshop forms part of the IoC’s wider CTRL Your Future campaign, a series of collaborations with a range of voices in the digital sector. The campaign aims to inspire a more diverse mix of young people into digital careers via higher education.
Sisterhood are one of the 22 groups and individuals that the IoC have teamed up with for the campaign. They deliver creative programmes that instil confidence and self-esteem in young women in the hope that they go on to become the leaders, creators and change makers of the future.
Rachid Hourizi, Director at the Institute of Coding, said: This digital ‘create-a-thon’ will provide an exciting opportunity to explore how technology could make positive change in the world. We want to inspire diverse young innovators to start their digital skills journeys through higher education, and discover how digital can help them achieve their ambitions.”
Registrations are open now with only 50 spaces available, so to get involved visit the sign-up page here. To find out more about the event and digital mentors as they’re announced, follow @instituteofcoding and @oursisterhood on Instagram.
The event runs alongside the IoC’s existing suite of over 60 online courses, providing an easy-to-access route for people to develop and learn new digital skills from their own home during lockdown and beyond. To find out more about the IoC’s other courses, visit their course catalogue.