Last Saturday BSD Code and Design Academy instructor Gabo Tse presented at HKU for a group of nearly 100 participants – girls in grades 7 and 8. Tse teaches kids and adults alike: kids how to learn how to code, build and publish websites and games, and adults to build/manage their business websites. She began her career with zero tech background, but learned via BSD to become a freelance web designer, and was later hired to work full-time as an instructor at the academy.
Tse highlighted what she’s learned about tech since her time at BSD:
- Tech is constantly changing. The industry is always evolving and progressing. Staying updated and on your toes is essential. “Don’t learn one thing and do it forever, but learn one thing and continue building on it.”
- Tech has no strict path. There is a low barrier to entry, unlike careers in medicine or law that a very structured path and requirements. Tech is very accessible. “Non-tech experience and skills you learn in school can still be very relevant in the industry.”
- Tech opens up possibilities. With ample diversity and flexibility in the tech field, you can go into game development, graphic design, back-end or front-end web development, building apps, robots, websites, etc.”You can choose a creative path or a technical/logical one. Or a combination of both.”
So what should you do if you’re interested in getting into tech?
- Start NOW. Want to learn design? Start using Photoshop. Coding? Start creating a simple homepage with HTML and CSS. Free resources are widely available online.
- You’re never too old to start learning new things. Take the time to discover new passions and build skill sets. You never know what you might find.
- Have fun with it! You can use tech to enhance your existing areas of interest in your life.
In the afternoon, Alice Walker, Head of Education, and Chris Geary, CEO, ran a 3-hour workshop for the girls getting them started with basic coding projects. Using the inspect element feature, Walker got them started immediately on “hacking” the HKU website and splashing it cat photos, learning right off the bat how to link to images and add them onto a webpage. The group then moved onto using CodePen, a platform for creating, sharing and educating in front-end web development, and Sublime Text as well as with HTML 5Up! templates.
Stats from Girls4tech: 87% of participants are more interested in technology after participating in the Girls4Tech event. 11% more girls said they are now interested to study ICT for the DSE public exam.
Let’s keep it up, girls!