Women - learn to code now!

Science & Technology
re:publica 2016

Short thesis: 

This talk wants to inspire you to learn programming now. Especially if you are a woman or a person from an underrepresented group in tech. Because diversity matters, especially in the computing related field. The talk will point out what impact you can have on yourself and on the society when you learn to program machines. It will also tell you about how you can start your own workshops and networks if you are programming already. Plus introduce you to Berlin-based and worldwide initiatives which have the goal to make the tech world a more diverse place.

Description: 

Code is magic! Programming can be fun and revolutionary! It can help to empower you and your whole community. Learning about programming can change your view of the world and liberate your mind. It also enables you to talk about the technical aspects of internet debates. You might see opportunities that you haven't seen before. Explore why you should start programming this year! In the movie 'Code – Debugging the gender gap' Reshma Saujani points out: “There will be 1.4 million jobs in the computing related fields by 2020 [...] but less than 3% are going to be filled by women.”

Wait... why is that?

Unfortunately software is often times developed by a homogenous group of men. Oppression, social upbringing and more have led to completely non-diverse teams. But we cannot hide it: Our world is diverse. Users of software products are diverse in gender, age, social origin, ethnic groups and many more ways. For non-diverse teams it is hard to develop products for a diverse world and predict their needs. Sometimes it is even dangerous. Do we want to leave the development of our future software products to a small homogenous group that doesn't represent us? Let's get started now to build our own software! Let's get visible! Let's dive into the beauty of coding and experimenting with software and hardware.

This talk wants to inspire you to learn coding now. Especially if you are a woman or a person from an  underrepresented group in tech. It wants to point out what impact you can have on yourself and on the society when you learn to program machines. It will also tell you about how you can start your own workshops and networks if you are programming already. Plus introduce you to Berlin-based and worldwide initiatives which have the goal to make the tech world a more diverse place.

newthinking
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 11:15 to 11:45
English
Talk
Beginner

Tracks

Speakers