Applications open for The Code To Change 2016 program

The code to change program

The ICT sector is rapidly growing, providing significant job opportunities for skilled ICT professionals. In the US and Europe alone, over 2 million computing-related jobs are estimated to be available by 2020 (European Commission and NCWIT). Furthermore, digital technologies have become an integral part of our everyday life and sound digital skills are nowadays essential in nearly any professional career.

Despite these opportunities and despite the recognised importance of gender-balanced teams for better performances across sectors, the ICT field is still male dominated: women account for only around 20-25% of IT-related jobs and for less than 20% in terms of computer science degrees (NCWIT). The recently released ITU State of Broadband Report 2016 also highlights that these numbers have even been decreasing during the last ten years in nearly all Central European countries, where there has been a fall ranging from 3% to 10% in the number of women participating in ICT jobs.

ChunriChoupaal is an international non-profit organization  who is trying to address this challenge by unlocking “the potential of local women leaders for social and economic empowerment through fostering modern information and communication technologies”. One of their flagship projects is The Code to Change programme, a five-month, three-phased opportunity to inspire and teach women important skills to succeed in the digital world.

Applications are now open for the 2016 edition of this programme which will start with a three-day kickoff event taking place in Amsterdam on  3-5 November 2016. The kickoff includes a two-day event during which participants will have the opportunity to hear from successful women who are making the difference in the technology sector their experience and advice while also learning basic digital and coding skills. On the third day there will then be a conference, open to anyone, which will present the existing opportunities in the technology sector, the skills needed to succeed and how to get those skills featuring talks from IT professionals and leaders from the sector.

For a limited number of participants this event will be followed by a three-month mentoring programme taking place between December 2016 and March 2017 which will allow them to continue the learning process started at the kickoff event and even possibly have a related work experience opportunity.

“The Code to Change program has really given me the confidence to start taking my own dreams and ambitions more seriously and to dare and take the leap towards a career in tech.”    

Joyce Neys, The Code To Change Programme mentee

More detailed information about the programme and how to apply can be found at http://chunrichoupaal.org/applications-open-for-the-code-to-change-2016/

Application deadline: 30th September 2016.

Additional sources: ChunriChoupaal, Forbes, NCWIT’s Women in IT: By the Numbers, State of Broadband Report 2016