Hands On, Local Language Coding Classes

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Anastasia Siapka and Maria Dermetzi, two young women, aged 21 and 22 respectively, from Salonica Law School in Greece, wanted to become entrepreneurs. They knew that to fulfill this dream, they would need to learn to code. They also noticed the digital gender gap that exists in ICT and did further research to find statistics supporting their observation.

This inspired their business, “Code it like a girl,” which teaches girls coding and other technology-related tools in Greek.

They knew there were lots of online tools available in English, but wanted “felt the need to provide similar material in our language, Greek, for all those women who have little or no knowledge of the English language. And of course, by developing at the same time a more personal relationship with them,” says Maria.

They built their own website (www.codelikeagirl.com) and soon after began organizing coding seminars in HTML and CSS for girls. Their training approach is hands-on and involves 4.5 hours of training over three sessions. Now their business is a cooperative with six female members. Three of these women taught themselves to code, while the others have more formal training.

Anastasia notes that their impact is not limited to girls and young women. “Women of all ages have shown interest, including some above 60.”

The project also won the Angelopoulos- Clinton Global Initiative University fellowship, a 10,000 Euro grant which brought them to the United States for networking and seminars.

Finally, they hope their venture will inspire other female entrepreneurs to pursue similar projects. In the future they hope to “become an incubator for new business ideas and for the applications needed to successfully develop them.”

Source: Manos Charalambakis, Huffington Post