Danielle is on our General London course. She started Code First: Girls last November and has since created her own blog on Tech City. Read on to find out about her experience with Code First: Girls.
"The first time I heard about Code First: Girls was at a graduation party at Level39 of a previous Code First class. I interviewed people who had taken the class and was inspired by their journeys and what they had created. I also told a friend of mine about Code First: Girls and we both applied. We were both ecstatic that we made it into the program.
Through the program I have learned how to code, but I have also created friendships and forged ideas and had a supportive network of inspirational people. I also feel that I can be a part of the London Tech Scene and participate fully rather then as a superficial outsider. I know the vernacular, and I can interest others in my ideas. I have even bought myself a domain name and created a website and am currently learning as much as I can about the fascinating work of London's Tech Scene. Please visit my website at www.techcityblog.co.uk. Through the Code First: Girls Women in Tech panel I learned about what it is like to be a woman in the Tech Scene and I realised that there are others who are equally excited and who can be role models to people such as myself who aspire to get involved.
Code First: Girls has opened the doors of the whole startup scene for me in London by giving me the courage to take steps that I would never have done had I not taken the course. It has also given me the skills to create a website on the London Tech Scene, a subject about which I am interested. The course has introduced me to people, ideas and organisations that I have never had the opportunity and ability to engage with before. Furthermore, taking part in Code First has allowed me a certain amount of legitimacy to participate in the London Tech Scene. I can get involved and help others and I do not feel that I have to make excuses for myself."
Code First: Girls