Last Saturday a group of fifteen young girls created their own platform for learning and development by taking part in the latest Girls Learning Code event at Clio HQ!
What the girls lacked in work experience, and height, they made up for in brainpower and excitement for programming. In partnership with Ladies Learning Code, Clio hosts a monthly coding event for a group of daringly curious girls to play with a variation of coding techniques, from HTML, CSS and Ruby to image editing, blog creation and hardware hacking. These events give girls a hands-on experience of learning and applying their creativity within the fun setting of our office.
While many were new to coding, they adapted quickly while exploring Generative Art with Processing. The day was spent looking at the formations of shapes and transforming movements into their own creation. The Girls Learning Code workshops were established in 2014, with the objective of creating a space for technical learning and self-expression, with a 4:1 ratio of educators, mentors, developers and parents on standby. Clio got on board straight away. With workshops planned throughout 2016, Clio is passionate about bridging the gap in disproportionality between female and male developers.
The latest studies on women in technology (particularly those who code) highlight a well known fact within the tech industry, that women are severely underrepresented. As of 2015, only 22.2% of software developers were female. This is an exceptionally disproportionate figure, and has only been achieved by the incentive of big players such as Google, Apple and IBM.
Clio and Ladies Learning Code hope that through these workshops we can shift the paradigm towards a more equitable future for women in tech. While we don’t see a dramatic change coming to this industry soon, we hope to equip these young ladies and our future bosses, with the skills and attitude to enable them to create a new normal and take this industry by storm.
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