The Coding Summer Tech was a Challenge launched to 50 women and girls around the world to learn how to code. It was organized by Women in Tech® with our partner UmaHub. The idea was simple – during summer break, where most people are on holidays and have some “free” time, we wanted to offer women and girls the possibility of learning the basics of coding in a 3 weeks programme using an EdTech platform with individual coaching and mentorship as well as group hackathons.

The aim was to educate, encourage and empower women and girls with the basic skills of coding.

The difficult task was to choose the 50 lucky ladies. We chose them according to their personal stories and motivation. In the application form,​ they had to explain why they wanted to learn how to code and what it represented for them. It was really so inspirational. We finally chose 50 women from 35 different countries. The youngest was 14 and the oldest was 52 years old. Diversity is not only genre, race, but also age. There is no age limit to learn how to code or to start a new career.

We are very proud that this program was a finalist in the European Digital Skills Awards in the «Digital skills for girls and women» category.

When?

16 July to 3 August 2018
Monday to Friday: 2 hours
Saturday: 5 hours for a Hackathon!

Where?

Online, from everywhere in the world.

THE PROGRAM

The full skill set for creating a modern static website and putting it online for the world to see. If you follow the lessons properly, do the homework and participate in​ the hackathons – you will be able to take on small projects for clients and create beautiful and simple websites for them.

Introduction to HTML

The standard markup language for creating web pages and web applications.

Styling with CSS

The styling language that describes how page elements should be displayed on desktops, tablets, mobile devices or paper.

Responsive Web Design Principles

Nowadays most of the users access our websites on their mobile devices. It’s our job to make that a pleasant experience. Broken designs on smaller screens are not acceptible anymore.

Bootstrap

The most popular HTML, CSS, and JS library in the world. Open source toolkit enabling you to build responsive, mobile-first projects in record time.

Git and Github

Git is not a trivial tool to learn, but it’s an indispensable one in every modern developer’s toolset. We’re going to learn the basic of the basics. Just enough so you can enjoy its benefits, without falling in its traps and the notorious #githell.

We’ll also set up our accounts on GitHub and start building our portfolios.

How the internet works

Servers, clients, domain names, shared hosting, dedicated servers, FTP. Fear not, very soon you will be fluent in this “language”.

Deploying

You’ll learn how to choose a shared hosting, hook it up with your domain name and deploy your website, making it visible to the world.

UmaHub

Our partner UmaHub

This Summer Camp would not be possible if it wasn’t for the special energy of a special lady: Elena Kolevska. As soon as we started Women in Tech, Elena contacted me on LinkedIn and she wanted to know how she could help, what could we do together in order to take concrete actions.

As per magic the Summer Camp idea came up and a few weeks later, here we are, making it happen!

Thank you so much Elena for your inspiration and help!

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