Girl Geek Academy partners with General Assembly to boost women developer talent pool
100 women unite: #SheHacks Showcase provides platform for launch of second scholarship initiative
Australia, 11 October 2017: Australia’s Girl Geek Academy has partnered with education and career transition pioneer, General Assembly, to launch their second Web Development Immersive Scholarship in order to help boost the number of women developers in Australia.
Launched during Girl Geek Academy’s #SheHacks Showcase event, the scholarship – worth $15,500 – will provide one woman aspiring to code with the opportunity to undertake the three-month course and learn pivotal skills needed to kick-start a career as a developer; from programming fundamentals to launching full-stack web apps.
The #SheHacks Showcase provided the ideal platform to launch the initiative, with an audience of over 100 women from the Victorian startup ecosystem in the room, united to raise a glass to women in tech and celebrate the role women play in changing the face of the industry.
Sarah Moran, CEO and co-founder of Girl Geek Academy said: “We are grateful for the support of General Assembly for bringing this opportunity to life, and we are thrilled to be able to use our #SheHacks Showcase as a platform to get the message out that these courses exist. We need more women applying to help boost the talent pool and increase participation in the startup space”.
Last year’s scholarship winner, Duyen Ho, had been trying to make a career change into web development for a full year and spent every spare dollar teaching herself to code. After graduating from this scholarship opportunity, Duyen achieved her career goal as a Front End Developer at Deloitte Digital Australia.
Monique Brasher, Regional Director, General Assembly Melbourne added: “In the past, female enrolments in our Web Development Immersive courses have been reflective of what’s happening in coding roles in industry. For the first time ever, enrolments in our current course have an equal male-to-female ratio, and we want to see this diversity continue across all tech courses moving forward.
“This is why we partner with valuable organisations like Girl Geek Academy, who help to build and foster a community and run events that help attract more women into tech. Our female graduates are quickly landing roles at leading organisations, all through our courses teaching them the foundations of full stack web development and giving them the skills and confidence they need to land a role.”
Leading mentors from the Victorian startup community led the success stories at the #SheHacks Showcase before two new startups unveiled their businesses following their graduation from the inaugural eight-week #SheHacks incubator (created in partnership with key industry experts). These new startups highlighted the real, tangible outcomes of the #SheHacks initiative in creating more women-led businesses in Australia. The founders of each startup first connected in July, at the hackathon event, and in just over two-months have developed a business model with real market potential.
The Web Development Immersive Scholarship is open for any women in Australia who is passionate about pursuing a career in web development. The team at General Assembly will follow a six-step selection process to assess the candidate’s motivation, technical ability and overall suitability for the course. Entries close on 24th October with the winner announced later this month.
For more information please visit: https://generalassemb.ly/education/web-development-immersive
About Girl Geek Academy:
Girl Geek Academy was founded by five skilled female digital professionals who want to increase the number of women with successful STEM careers. The team work to see an increase of women in tech, women in games, women who make, female designers and female founders. Initiatives include coding and hackathons, 3D printing and wearables, game development, design, entrepreneurship and startups.
Girl Geek Academy also works with teachers, schools, corporates and startups to increase the number of women with professional technical and entrepreneurial skills.
About General Assembly:
General Assembly (GA) is a global educational co-feed company on a mission to empower a global community to pursue work they love. Focusing on the most relevant and in-demand skills across data, design, business and technology, GA is confronting a skills gap through best-in-class instruction and providing access to opportunities.
GA works with students online and in person on more than 20 campuses in 6 countries. GA also works with employers to help companies source talent, assess talent and transform talent. Additionally, GA’s focus on affordable and accessible education combined with our education-to-employment approach is helping to create a diverse talent pipeline.