16 of us filed into an office in San Francisco’s Mission District today – among our ranks were physicists, teachers, mech and electrical engineers, sys admins, women fresh out of college, mothers, MIG welders, professors, biologists.
By Margaret Morris (Student, Hackbright Academy)
We’re the newest batch of Bene Gesserit Hackbright women, here to learn the entire Python-based dev stack, one layer at a time. We all hail from vastly different backgrounds and found this path through multiple routes, each with our own
Coming primarily from the iOS world, it was a short transition to start Android development…
By Christine Corbett Moran (CEO, Kliq)
Circle of 6 for Android is out now!
After 10-Week Python Training Program, Women Engineers Receive Job Offers From Silicon Valley Startups
Hackbright Academy in San Francisco trains women to be developers.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Andree Brazeau moved to San Francisco from Canada and began teaching herself to code. A year later, she still wasn’t able to find a job as a developer, so she applied for Hackbright Academy. The Python training program was already full, but Andree persisted. Thanks to a last-minute dropout, Andree was admitted to the all-female software training program in June.
Girls paired up to complete their final projects, from mobile apps to computer games.
By Grace Nasri (Managing Editor, FindTheBest)
The first inaugural class of Girls Who Code graduated last Thursday after the 8-week summer crash course in technology and computer science. From about 100 applicants, 20 girls from underserved high schools across New York were chosen to participate in the summer program supported by big-name backers
It is not important that you haven’t spoke at PyCon or another conference before. But do prove that why you should now. Taken from Brainstorming: Writing a PyCon Proposal.
By Lynn Root (Founder, PyLadies San Francisco)
While this post is for PyCon, the US-based conference for Python developers, users, educators, and everyone with an interest in Python, this advice can apply to any language-centric conferences, even the topic suggestions themselves.
“Hey you! Ever thought about submitting a proposal?”
“What? oh no, no no no.”
“What would I talk about? I have nothing to say!”
So how about this:
There are always interesting engineering events on the weekends in Silicon Valley, such as hackathons.
By Julia Grace (Co-Founder & CTO, WeddingLovely)
As the CTO of a small startup, my days are almost always spent head down, focused on our business and building our technical infrastructure. I’m writing code, fixing bugs, building features, thinking about what’s next on our product roadmap and figuring out how we’ll get there.
The adage is that most startups fail because they lose focus. The problem is that it can be difficult to focus when you also have to ensure that potential investors, future employees, and the tech community know that you exist.
Programming is by no means an individual pilgrimage; seeing what others are working on and helping/getting help from others can make learning much more fun and rewarding.
By Michelle Sun (Student, Hackbright Academy)
There has been ups and downs, some days (and nights) of pure nightmares, literally (quoting one of my classmates, “I dreamed that a python ate me last night”!), and some days of awesome state of “flow”, when hours seem to fly by and lots get done.
I begin to realize I am approaching this 10-week course less as a syntax crash course, more of a training of the mind. Many hackers eventually build in other languages, but mastering
Done is better than perfect. No matter for learning or winning, aim to finish.
By Michelle Sun (Student, Hackbright Academy)
Last weekend, I attended my first ever hackathon and with minimal expectation, had a blast out of it and learned loads. My team did not win, nor did most of us slept at the event, but we got a lot out of it.
The hackathon, DevelopHer, was organized by LinkedIn, claimed to be the first women-only hackathon. The schedule was well thought out with a few sessions that made the hackathon really fun.
Aside from yoga and cupcakes, I believe there were a few things I am glad to have (or would have) done that made my experience worthwhile:
By Heather Payne (Head of Sales and Marketing, Pinpoint Social)
Date an entrepreneur. Date a girl who spends her money on iPads and web apps instead of trips to the mall. A girl who doesn’t mind being told that her idea isn’t going to catch on. One who’s kept a running list of things she’s wanted to change since she was a kid.
By Esther Nam & Sophia Viklund (Co-Organizers & Board Members, PyLadies)
The PyLadies’ mission is to promote and improve the Python community through workshops, outreach and social activities. It was started by a core group of seven female Python developers who decided that calls for diversity required action, rather than… repeated calls for diversity. We immediately set out to improve the gender balance of the Python community, starting with plans to organize a programming workshop for beginners. After three weeks of intense planning, networking and outreach, we held our first class, attended by 25 women and 2 men — and sparked a movement in the development community that has worldwide impact.