Free coding workshop for girls


  • TECH
  • Wednesday, 04 Nov 2015

Girl power: The Made with Code movement intends to get more young girls into coding, which is a male-dominated industry.

Want to master the language of the Web and build an Android app?

iTrainKids, a local IT training centre, with the support of Google, will be providing a free HTML workshop in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 21.

The Made with Code workshop, which will be held at Google Malaysia’s office, is open to only girls who have no prior knowledge in coding.

Two main tech areas – mobile and web – will be covered in a one-day workshop.

Attendees will get to code and will also get to listen to women who are programmers by profession.

Girls from nine to 17 will get a chance to build their first Android app and a website using various web-based tools.

The journey doesn’t end there, as the software and tools used are all free, and will make it easy for the girls to continue coding after the workshop.

There will also be an introduction to virtual reality with Google Cardboard in the workshop.

“You’d be amazed what kids could do these days and how much they can absorb in a day,” said iTrain founder Bikesh Lakhmichand, who also the founder for 1337 Ventures startup accelerator and Leet Academy.

“We’ve had girls that are as young as eight years old successfully build apps at the end of the workshop.”

Bikesh added that he hopes to organise a national Android programming competition with schools utilising Google Chromebook laptops in the near future.

The Made with Code movement was first started by Google last year with the goal of encouraging more young girls to code and close the gender gap in the male-dominated profession as less than 1% of girls study Computer Science.

Registration for the free workshop is now open at www.itrainkids.com. Space is limited to 30 people.

iTrain Kids will also be running additional coding camps from Nov 23 to 27, which is open to both boys and girls but this is not free. More details are available on the website.
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