Women Who Code – Global Networks Provide Events and Training

Women Who Code – Global Networks Provide Events and Training

Women Who Code - Global Networks Provide Events and Training

WHAT:

Women Who Code (also seen as WWCode or WWC) is a global non-profit organization that was founded in 2011. Its headquarters is in San Francisco, and volunteer leaders worldwide coordinate events. The networks are growing and as of early 2016 include over 50,000 members from at least 20 countries. “We connect amazing women with other like minded amazing women around the globe who unite under one simple notion — the world of technology is much better with women in it.” The website states, “We offer more than 3,000 free technical trainings, workshops and professional development events.”

The organization currently operates by means of donations, sponsorships from companies such as Etsy, yelp, Google, Weebly, craigslist, and PayPal, and paid event fees. The organization’s programs and earnings will expand to consulting, career placements, and grants.

 

HOW:

To join a network, locate and click on your city in the list on the networks page. Each city’s page typically includes (some network city pages aren’t as developed as others):

  • the number of leaders, members, and events
  • links to that city’s Facebook, GitHub, and Twitter (though if that city does not have a separate social media account, the links are to the parent organization)
  • a photo of each leader, some of which are linked to professional sites such as LinkedIn
  • a list of recent or upcoming events
  • recent Women Who Code blog posts written by a member from that city
  • contact info about how to join (the methods vary, for example, some are direct email subscription, some are online signups)

     

    COST:

    Most meetups and trainings are free. There is a fee for some events.

     

    WOMEN WHO CODE LINKS:

    Women Who Code’s Donate page states that 96% of all funding goes directly to programs. The Donate page offers a contact name and email address for corporate sponsorships, and an online form for using a credit card to make a one time, monthly, quarterly, or annually monetary donation. Space is included to make a donation in honor of a company or “incredible woman”, and to describe the donor’s motivation.

    Women Who Code Blog lists blog posts. Each has a large image with the post’s title and date. Hovering over the image displays the opening lines of the post. Click the image to read the full post. Scroll down on a single post to see additional images with links to more posts. The blog’s topics include summaries of recent events, profiles of members or industry experts, organization developments and awards, technology or career advice, and more.

    Women Who Code’s About page describes the organization’s mission, which is to inspire “women to excel in technology careers by creating a global, connected community of women in technology”. The page also briefly summarizes the organization’s elements of Education, Development, Advocacy, Community, and Consulting. Next, the Team, Advisors, and Sponsors are highlighted.

    Women Who Code Facebook long description reads: “Women Who Code is a global 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. We provide an avenue into tech, empower women with skills needed for professional advancement, and provide environments where networking and mentorship are valued. The organization has executed more than 3,000 events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 50,000, and has a presence in 20 countries.”

    Women Who Code Twitter statement reads: “We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. 50,000 members strong in 60 cities spanning 20 countries & counting.”

    Women Who Code GitHub page reads: “WWCode is a global 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.”

    WWC Meetup page includes links to individual city meetup pages.

    Women Who Code LinkedIn nonprofit organization statement includes much of the information above, and also:
    “Key Initiatives:
    – Events featuring influential tech industry experts and investors
    – Free technical study groups (Ruby, Javascript, iOS, Android, Python, Algorithms)
    – Career and leadership development
    – Encouraging women to be more involved in the tech community
    – Increasing female speakers and judges at conferences and hackathons

    Empowerment:
    WWCode is a professional community for women in tech. We provide an avenue for women to pursue a career in technology, help them gain new skills and hone existing skills for professional advancement, and foster environments where networking and mentorship are valued.”

    Women Who Code YouTube channel includes some informational and introductory videos. The ‘about’ section reads: “Women Who Code is an organization dedicated to inspiring women to pursue and excel in technology careers. Founded in 2011, the group has grown to more than 3000 members in the Bay Area. Weekly events include study groups to teach women Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Algorithms, Scala, and iOS. Larger format monthly events include Tech Talks, Hack Nights, and career enhancement trainings.”

     

    WOMEN WHO CODE ARTICLES:

    A December 10, 2015 Forbes Woman article by Kate Brodock, titled “Women Who Code Expands Its Core Mission With The Addition Of Joey Rosenberg To The Team” describes the selection of a Global Leadership Director, Joey Rosenberg, who is supporting directors around the world and expanding the worldwide reach.

    An August 4, 2015 Fact Sheet release from The White House outlines numerous companies and partnerships in conjunction with President Obama’s White House Demo Day, including that Georgia Tech is working with CheckDroid, which “will reach out to local groups such as Women Who Code, Startup Chicks, and schools in remote, diverse areas to bring app development and testing skills to everyone.”

    An April 15, 2015 International Business Times article by Kerry Flynn, titled “What Etsy Could Teach Google, Facebook and Twitter About Diversity” quotes WWC’s CEO, Alaina Percival, and describes the work of WWCode: “working on building a checklist as well as looking deeper into issues surrounding workplace diversity. The company also curates gender diversity numbers at tech companies, providing an easy-to-read summary for those looking for jobs.”

    A September 22, 2014 Cosmopolitan article by Heather Wood Rudulph, titled “Get That Life: How I Plan to Connect 1 Million Women in Technology” outlines CEO Alaina Percival‘s journey from growing up in Atlanta, Georgia to a career in marketing and then consulting with startups in Silicon Valley where she found learning to code with a group was more fun and easier. The article also describes exactly how she founded Women Who Code and her current endeavors and goals there.

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