In a room full of 25 engineers only 3 are women. (source: Girls Who Code)
There has been a lot of talk recently about closing the gender gap in the tech industry. Google recently launched a new initiative called Made With Code to show young women that the techy things that they love such as apps on their smartphones to their favorite movies are made with code and how they can apply coding skills to their own interests and passions.
I’ve alway been interested in coding - I taught myself the very basics back in the 90s when I created my own website on GeoCities (bonus points if you remember what that is! Mine was hosted in “Tokyo”.) In the early aughts I started blogging on Blogger, even making friends through the blog and meeting a fellow blogger in real life, who I still keep in touch with. I learned the very basics of HTML, but never found the right resources to continue my education.
This past year, through Twitter, I met Miki, who is part of the gnrlassembly team in Los Angeles. I went to one of the first General Assembly DTLA meetups last month and learned more about the programs they offer.
Last Saturday, I went to an event hosted by General Assembly and Tumblr at WeWork Hollywood and learned how to code HTML, Java and CSS through a free tool they have called Dash. It was pretty much a full house and there were reps from Tumblr to help us if we got stuck at any point. I got stuck pretty much right away. Thankfully, I was able figure it out and programmed a responsive web site! (I’m not going to link to it because it’s so rudimentary…)
My friend Megan has also been learning to code in HTML. In the past few months, I’ve met a lot of cool ladies involved in the tech world. This is a community that I have been craving for some time. It’s beyond awesome to be meeting so many women who have the same interests as me and who are inadvertently closing the gender gap all while pursing what we love.
Next month I will be attending my first YxYY conference where I hope to connect with more women in the tech field. I’m looking forward to the sharing of ideas and learning from my peers. There’s only so much I can learn while living and working in my own bubble. It really is about creating a community and learning from and sharing with each other.
As a (amateur) fashion blogger I am constantly being exposed to new shopping/photo apps and Pinterest-like sites all the time. I want to learn how these things work rather than just being a taking a look at the app/site and thinking, “oh, cool”.
"The more that you learn, the more places you will go." - Dr. Seuss