Coding in Heels

Kampala, Uganda

Leap² Innovation Challenge Women in Tech. Theme: Education.

Coding in Heels is a growing community that is attracting females who have some or no knowledge of Information and Communication Technology into the software development industry with a team work and  project-based coding school providing free coding skills to women across Uganda. They want to have women embrace technology.

The factors behind the gender digital divide are complex and vary between communities, however they are often linked to the misconception that girls are less suited to technology and coding careers – than boys.

A factor that plays a big role in the gender(female) digital divide is the lack of a conducive environment and barriers such as lack of role models, safety concerns, costs, stereotypes and traditions. Young ladies require resources, skills and confidence to stimulate them to participate in the coding world.

As a solution, Coding in Heels was born. Coding in Heels is a growing community that is attracting females who have some or no knowledge of ICT into the software development industry with a project-based coding school providing free coding skills to women across Uganda. The initiative is aimed at attracting more women and girls into the software industry to not only break the stereo type that software development is for men only but also equip ladies with employable software development skills in the shortest time possible (4 months) and to create a pool of software developer ladies who can train more ladies to join the industry, get employed and improve livelihoods.

The training mode also inspires that ladies to work in teams and share ideas on creating innovation projects that are centered around the Human centered design, making sure they build projects that are useful their communities.

This initiative will create a large pool of women and girls in software development who can in turn pass on these skills to other women. The trainees are tasked with working on different unique individual or group projects that they present at the end of the phase which is used as a measuring yardstick for how far their skills have improved.

The whole training objective is achieved in four phases which should turn the ladies into complete developers (Both Front end and Backend) for the popular languages over a period of 3 - 4 months. The ladies are matched with mentors from the same industry to guide them further and help develop their career paths. They are tasked with working on different unique individual or group projects that they present at the end of the phase which is used as a measuring yardstick for how far their skills have improved. Ultimately, the ladies will get placed with different companies as full time employees or different paid projects.