To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March we’ll be running a week long series of blog posts to celebrate the work we’ve achieved with our sponsors. The second company featured in this week’s series of posts is Twitter...
Most of you will have already heard of Twitter, but some of you may not know that Twitter is also an amazingly generous sponsor in kind for Code First: Girls.
The Code First: Girls and Twitter partnership also started out as a one off event last Spring. Little did we know then that they would go on to host, not only our courses, but also our annual conference and many other events!
Our relationship started with a whopping full day of activities with two Hack Your Career talk, supported by over twenty members of staff from from a wide variety of roles. Since partnering with Twitter we’ve been really impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of their team to CF: G activities.
We’ve achieved some fantastic results over the last year, over the last two semesters we’ve taught over 70 women to code for free with them. You can read some tweets from our students here and here about how much they enjoy the courses. Our Python curriculum lead instructor Andreas Savvides, Software Engineer at Twitter, has helped transform our teaching material. Andreas is always working hard to continue to make learning to code more accessible and fun and encourage more women to pursue a career in technology.
We’ve been so blown away by the level of support from the team of seven volunteer instructors at Twitter. Not to mention the steady stream of many other members of staff who have visited our courses as guest speakers and inspired our students to pursue their dreams, such as Jessie Link, Twitter's UK Director of Software Engineering.
This is what Andreas had this to say about working with CF: G:
"Since joining Twitter, the amount of support, enthusiasm, passion and interest to get involved with what I have been doing for CF:G has been immense. We now have a large group of Software Engineers spending hours of their free time teaching young women how to code."
We were delighted to have Twitter host our annual conference last October, our biggest to date, attended by over 180 tech savvy young women. The day was truly inspiring, jam packed with an exhilarating series of talks, and speakers who offered a real insight into how varied and rewarding careers in technology & entrepreneurship can be. In case you missed it, you can see the full range of tweets via the #CFGconf here.
We’re excited to announce that Twitter will once again host our annual conference on Saturday 12th November 2016- so save the date! Here’s Andreas again on his experience of the conference:
"Hosting the Code First: Girls annual conference at Twitter UK last October was an amazing experience, a day jam-packed with inspirational talks and fantastic role models. All attendees, including the many Twitter volunteers, left the conference buzzing with positive energy, excitement and hope for a future with more women in the world of tech!"
This month we are even partnering with Twitter & Elle Magazine, to run a “Code Your Way into a Career in Fashion with Elle/Twitter!” event on Saturday 19th March. On the day we’ll be running a series of useful coding sessions, hacks and fascinating talks, to show how coding can help women to find a career in fashion and the creative tech industries.
We were so pleased to be a part of Twitter’s 2015 diversity and inclusion post, and to be working together to diversify technology. It’s hard to believe what we’ve achieved together in just one year, and we can’t wait to see what will accomplish in 2016. We feel so supported by the enthusiasm of their staff who are committed to increasing the ways we work together, and to achieving positive change in the tech sector.
Thanks so much Twitter!
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