These 12 female CTOs are leading cutting-edge tech startups and inspiring the next generation of female technology leaders!
The key to female-founded Hearsay Social’s culture of diversity? A love of debate and a few foundational principles that makes such productive discussion possible.
PyCon is more than where Donglegate began. This year, PyCon boasted a record number of talks delivered by women. As always, they provided a generous financial aid program promoted by many diversity-minded groups.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
An inclusive developer conference in March for the community using and developing the open-source Python programming language, PyCon 2013 was home to free workshops for children 7+ to learn Python from Katie Cunningham and Barbara Shaurette, a feminist hacker lounge hosted by the Ada Initiative, a huge PyLadies lunch and many booths in the expo area for the groups like PyLadies and CodeChix. These booths were not exclusive – in the span of half an hour, I watched several men purchase PyLadies shirts and get more information about the initiative.
I have spent only one week with Python, but I love it. It’s straight forward with a minimum amount of extra syntax, such as semicolons, curly brackets, etc.
By Gulnara Mirzakarimova (Student, Hackbright Academy)
So, what have I learned during the first week? To sum it up – everything you need to know to write a program and we wrote a bunch of small ones. We covered functions, loops, lists, dictionaries, conditionals, logic, test-driven development, version control, debugging. Object oriented stuff spilled over
Hackbright Academy is an all-female web development class that turns beginner programmers into employable junior software engineers.
By Susan Tan (Alumna, Hackbright Academy)
As a code challenge for BloomReach, I wrote a program in Python that took in 500,000 lines of input and distributed half a million unique wine bottles to 99,999 people, each with their own top 10 wine list. It’s a max flow problem. I completed this puzzle in 55 lines of Python code and with only 10 weeks of training at Hackbright Academy.
I remembered what I’d been told – that in this case, most men would just forge on and make a counter offer, so that’s what I should do, and it was not a big deal on the company’s side.
By Michelle Glauser (Alumna, Hackbright Academy)
Hackbright Career Day was December 4th and graduation was December 7th. I planned on spending the next month studying, seeing as how I’d been in hiring positions before and knew that companies don’t usually plan on hiring at the end of the year.
Hackbright Academy helped jumpstart me from a hobbyist to a web developer.
By Michelle Sun (Alum, Hackbright Academy)
2012 has been a huge year in terms of personal and professional growth. On the professional front, I progressed significantly in pursuing my passion in products, from defining and building a product from scratch and selling it to real customers, to getting hands on with code.
Mentorship is far too integral to career development to rush. Demystify the mentorship relationship – put in the time to decode this “black box”.
By Courtney Mayeda (Client Services Manager, Medallia)
While filling up on Chinese food and mingling at Rocket Space, home of numerous up-and-coming startups, attendees learned about the event’s sponsor – Hackbright Academy – an organization also dedicated to women in technology.
Everyone has learned and supported each other, and I know that just because we graduated doesn’t mean we stop.
By Mercedes Coyle (Graduate, Hackbright Academy)
It really hasn’t hit me yet that this amazing 10 weeks of collaborative learning, problem solving, sometimes frustration, epiphanies, and bonding with 15 other indescribably fantastic women is coming to an end. I’ve been so focused on writing code the past few weeks that my keyboard has