Women in tech is an extremely hot topic in the news right now. However, it’s rare that a group of professional women have an opportunity to sit down and discuss it together. On Monday night (21st November 2015), Garage Society QRC hosted a “Women Who Code HK” event, with topic: “Is Front-End Web Development Right for Me?”. The event brought together two female instructors from BSD Code & Design Academy Hong Kong: Alice Walker and Gabo Tse, and guest speaker Carolyn Huynh.
Instead of a formal panel, the event evolved into a more casual roundtable discussion. Other attendees included professional developers, project managers, startup business development managers etc. The diverse experiences of the attendees provided over an hour of contextual career talk before branching out into a more conceptual discussion of the tech industry.
Each person shared their story, and it was fascinating to see that most fell into technology through opportunity after their post-secondary education. It shows that the market requires people that are keen self learners, problem solvers, and creative minds. It’s now less about education and years of experience, and more whether you can answer the question: “can you get this project done?”
The hottest topic of the evening was how to encourage more young people, both boys and girls, to explore the STEM fields. It was brought up that the current generation of developers started being inspired by video games in the 1990s. Although video games continue to inspire kids to explore coding, we hope there are other avenues for kids with different interests.
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About Women Who Code HK
Women Who Code HK is a non-profit professional community, which inspires women to excel in careers in technology. They believe that innovation is driven by diversity and that the tech industry will be even better once women are no longer underrepresented.
They provide an avenue for women to pursue a career in technology, help them gain new skills and hone existing skills for professional advancement, and foster environments where networking and mentorship are valued.