We’re really excited for Girls in Tech’s next project, CODE GIT. This new program, starting on January 28, is a free, in-person, intermediate level bootcamp teaching programming to girls and women. CODE GIT is just one more way Girls in Tech is working to reverse the gender imbalance in technology through education and empowerment.
According to the National Science Foundation, women are underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce, although the gap is shortening. Although women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, they only make up 29% of America’s science and engineering workforce. Female scientists and engineers are concentrated in different occupations than males; women comprise 62% of social scientists and 48% of scientists working in life sciences, but only 15% of engineers and 25% of those in computer and mathematical sciences. Education and exposure to new, job market-ready skills is one big way to reduce that gap.
This year, Girls in Tech’s focus will be teaching data science using Python. Our five-day bootcamp, sponsored by Nutanix, Cisco and EWC, will turn beginner level Python programmers into intermediate level data scientists. This course is intended for learners who have had prior coding experience in Python and are looking to expand their skillset for data science and other disciplines.
After all, “Data Scientist” is a job title that did not exist until about 15 years ago. In the past few years, industries have been waking up to the power of machine learning, so digging through large volumes of data and making accurate predictions are now skillsets in high demand. This bootcamp will teach women some of the most powerful and productive tools for using Python.
Specific areas of interest include machine learning, predictive analytics, and data visualization, with the goal of learning technical skills that directly affect their professional development. Each CODE GIT bootcamp is taught by subject matter experts and designed for intermediate level programmers.
Our initial CODE GIT bootcamp will be at AWS’ loft space in San Francisco, and here’s a quick look at the agenda:
Day 1: Review of Python essentials
Day 2: Web development with Flask
Day 3: Database handling and RESTful APIs
Day 4: Best practices
Day 5: Deployment
This workshop’s primary audience is women early in their careers who have prior coding experience in Python.