Girls That Code

Overview

Dates: 
02/02/2014 to 06/07/2014
Social: 

JumpStart Georgia's Girls that Code is an outreach project that seeks to create a supportive environement for women who want to learn some programming skills in Tbilisi, Georgia. While there is little data describing the IT sector in Georgia, it is clear that women make up only a very small percent of the IT pie. 

This first initiative is experimental, but already has quite a large demand and we are working to meet it. The pilot stage currently meets at JumpStart's office on Sunday evenings and the current group of participants is quite diverse.

Everyone had little to no exposure in coding. Some were journalists who recognize that data journalism is in increasing demand and that understanding how to work with data and coding is important for their future careers. Some were project managers and professionals who recognize that if they want to work on technical projects, which are numerous these days, it important to be able to manage a technical team, as understanding what programmers do is an important part of managing those projects. Some raised the issue that many of their peers believe that the web works by magic, but they want to understand that medium better. Some just think coding is the new cool and want to be a part of the movement!

We do not yet know where this will go, but we have a lot of ideas that we are elaborating and we are definitely encouraged by the enthusiasm of so many people interested in participating. If you would like to take part, are interested in learning more, or have ideas about how to take this further, we'd love to hear from you.

03 February 2014

Girls That Code: A new initiative to support and inspire coding skills in Georgia

We at JumpStart think there is a lot of potential for this workshop and type of outreach. It is definitely filling a huge gap in Georgia, where the Ministry of Education is struggling to get even traditional education standards in line with other countries. There is no data available yet on how public education (both schools and universities) is meeting the demand of the market, since there is no good data on what the market is demanding. Georgia is in transition. However, Georgia is a country with few natural resources to speak of except for its human capacity. With this in mind, it seems to me that education should play a central role in developing a sustainable human economic resource that is competitive both locally and globally.