One of the key components to help bridge the gender gap in technology is for women and girls to have communities where they can gain mentors, education and collaboration. Here's a list of community organizations that are doing their best to help girls and women in technology.
1) Women Who Code-Is a group of women who code in any framework, any level of experience, any size of company, or just code for fun. They meet weekly for technical study groups and monthly for larger format events including tech talks, career training and hack nights in a variety of locations. Read about how Brenda Jin changed career paths and how Women Who Code assisted in her article "My Transition from Opera Singer to Software Developer."
2) Technovation Challenge-An afterschool program that is closing the gender gap in computer science by teaching girls how to code and how to be successful entrepreneurs. Read more from Senior Director, Angélica Torres in her article "Teaching Girls How to Code through Technovation Challenge."
3) BlackGirlsCode-Provides young and pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up. Read an article by a Mother/Daughter duo who participated in a video game challenge with BlackGirlsCode "A Conversation between a Mother and Her 8-Year-Old about a Young Girl’s First Foray into Technology."
4) LatinaGeeks-LaLa Castro and Tanya Salcido were brought together thanks to a common passion the love of technology and all things digital. With backgrounds in marketing, eCommerce, and social media, these early adopters of tech found a gap within the online Hispanic community. It was at that pivotal moment #LatinaGeeks was born. Read more from co-founder Tanya Salcido "Bringing Latinas to Tech: The #LatinaGeeks Story."
5) PyLadies-An international mentorship group with a focus on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community.Their mission is to promote, educate and advance a diverse Python community through outreach, education, conferences, events and social gatherings. Read about one member Thursday Bram's experience "The Value of Learning Programming from a Community of Women."
6) Rails Girls-Learn sketching, prototyping, basic programming and get introduced to the world of technology. Rails Girls was born in Finland, but is nowadays a global, non-profit volunteer community. Read about one member Bettina Shzu-Juraschek's experience "How I Learned to Code, Quit My Job, and Changed the World."
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