In more than 20 years in technology, I’ve met plenty of great women developers. And yet, men outnumber women in Tech by a large margin. Major tech companies are being challenged to increase diversity and inclusiveness. Learning to code can create big opportunities for people from all backgrounds—especially women. With the help of a female friend, I’ve compiled a list of some enticing opportunities for women eager to learn to code.
In-Person Coding Bootcamp Scholarships
Coding bootcamps are very popular these days. Chances are, there’s one near you. The idea of joining a group can be intimidating, but bootcamps are a great way to get started in the field. Here are a few that were created to help bring women into the fold.
Codeup is a startup I supported when I lived in San Antonio and worked out of Geekdom. They focus in bringing women into tech. They offer scholarships for women to take their 4-month, full stack development course in San Antonio.
Ada Developers Academy
In the Seattle area, the Ada Developers Academy local program was specifically developed for women. Ada Lovelace, whom the school is named after, is considered by many to be the first programmer, having written instructions for what’s believed to be the first computer program developed in the 1800s. Not only is the tuition free, but the school also offers paid internships.
Online bootcamps can be less intimidating and more approachable for those just getting started. Many allow you to work at your own pace and offer a flexible schedule.
Skillcrush has a female founder and first lead instructor, and an empowering message. You can try them out with a 10-day bootcamp, and then choose from a number of paid options if you’d like to continue on.
The Odin Project and Viking Code School
The Odin Project is an entirely free, online developer bootcamp which gets rave reviews in developer forums. Along with its paid counterpart, Viking Code School, the comprehensive set of courses cover Ruby and more.
FreeCodeCamp is another entirely free, online developer bootcamp. Their full stack developer certificate is 2,080 hours! (When you finish 1,200 hours, you can do a project for a non-profit.) It’s received multiple positive reviews in online forums from programmers going through or having finished one of their courses.
There are so many great resources available to learn coding. Here are just a few more resources that can help you get started:
Have fun on your coding journey!