Gwen from Code First: Girls shares her vision and learnings from the course. Read on to find out more about how CF allowed her ideas to become a reality!
"Code First is an excellent opportunity to become exposed to the world of computer coding. The program allows young women the rare opportunity to gain an overview of different computer languages, build new projects, and work with incredible students.
Although I had no desire to become a professional computer programmer, I realized that understanding the basics of computer coding was essential to my career. I needed to communicate with the programmers on my team or else continue to rely heavily on other people. After only a few weeks in the Code First program, I was able to convey my ideas, set realistic deadlines, and identify improbable requests. The knowledge I gained from Code First enabled me to become both a rational leader and an independent thinker.
I had a surplus of ideas but I struggled with developing them into a digital reality. Without any coding exposure, my designs remained on paper. My only solution was to hire a website developer. Although they would be blind to what I had envisioned and I would have lost a lost of capital creating an idea I had not properly tested. I saw Code First as a chance to make my ideas into realities without jumping straight for professional assistance. I did not have the skills to create a refined product, however I had just enough to build a beta version. My independent projects transformed from sketches to full-blown prototypes that I could show friends, family members, and even co-workers.
In addition to gaining an extraordinary amount of technical knowledge, Code First graduates gain a group of friends. The program offers the rare opportunity to meet with young women who are incredibly talented, motivated, and brilliant.. It is rare to find this caliber of ambitious women driven to succeed in technology. Even without any computer coding, Code First was a valuable experience."
Code First: Girls