If there’s one theme that seems to come up with some frequency in the Boulder (and global) tech and startup startup worlds, it’s the fact that there are so few female programmers in an industry that is seeing no slowing down. Many a TED talk, Ignite presentation and blog have been posted talking about and giving potential solutions for this particular problem. So far the problem has yet to be solved, but the fact that it’s receiving national attention gives hope that perhaps the next generation of girls will grow up with a love of code.
For those of us who aren’t young enough to be considered a girl, but definitely a woman, there’s a new nonprofit in town that aims to teach us how to program. Girl Develop It is a relative newcomer to the Boulder tech scene but it’s an international nonprofit with some serious girl power behind the wheel. So, Boulder women — tech is becoming even more accessible.
They’ve already got several interesting meetups and classes for Boulder women of the tech persuasion, including an upcoming beginner’s course this weekend, January 11th and 12th. For $80 you can learn the basics of HTML and CSS over the course of two days. These are the building blocks for website creation and great skills to possess, whether you use them to build your own site or simply communicate better with the programmers at your company.
Whatever your skill level, you’re encouraged to stop into The Cup on Saturday, January 18th from 10 am to 1 pm for Code & Coffee. This meetup lets women of all skills levels get together to discuss their current projects, get advice with troubleshooting and perhaps meet a few other fellow lady programmers.
Girl Develop It is a fantastic addition to the strong, smart female population in Boulder and we encourage you r to check out their site and follow them on Twitter as well to keep up with all of their great opportunities to learn and to continue to show the rest of the world that girls do indeed rock.