Girl Code

A software adventure for young women aged 15 to 25

Work as a team to create a website

At Girl Code, beginners work together to build a web application. We meet on Thurday nights for eight weeks.

We teach the same tools used by top employers like TradeMe, Spark and Orion Health. You'll discover what coders really do all day and what it's like to work in tech.

You don't need any previous experience – we start with the basics and our mentors help every step of the way.

Build an app like this!

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Why learn to code?

Do you like making things?

At companies like TradeMe and Spark, coders build websites and apps that people use every day. There are heaps of jobs around New Zealand and the whole world. These employers need keen, creative people to give coding a chance.

Working with software means…

Flexible hours

1 in 3 tech workers can sleep in whenever they want!

Social workplace

Almost all coders work together in teams

$50,000 salary

for software engineers straight out of uni

But will I enjoy coding?

Girl Code lets you try a real tech project before you go to university. Find out if software is a match for you, so you can make the right choice about your future.

If you fall in love with code, you have a great career ahead of you. But even if you don't, the coding skills you learn at Girl Code will be useful in your design, business and creative pursuits.

Anyone can learn to code

We start from the basics. You don't need any coding experience – you just need to be ready to try new things.

With our mentors and your team there to support you, we make it fun and easy to learn to code.

Course Info


Our Term 4 course runs for 8 weeks, from 13th October to 1st December.

We meet on Thursday nights from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

The cost is $400 for the entire 16-hour course.


We meet at GridAKL, a co-working space shared by 15 technology start-ups in Wynyard Quarter, downtown Auckland.

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The GridAKL office


By the end of the course, you will:

  • Create a website using HTML and CSS
  • Add interaction with JavaScript
  • Let users post content with Node.js
  • Work together using GitHub
  • Organise your team with Agile and Scrum
  • Publish your site with Heroku

Schools programme

The dates above are for our private courses. We also run Girl Code for free at low decile schools. Find out if your school is eligible.

Who runs Girl Code?

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Alice Gatland studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland. She is a radio producer and host at 95bFM, and previously worked at the University of Auckland’s Photon Factory.

Alice is passionate about helping more women get into technology careers. She has taught programming at dozens of events for Auckland Libraries, Gather Workshops, and OMGTech.

Listen to Alice talk about Girl Code on bFM:

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Matthew Gatland studied Software Engineering at the University of Auckland. He is a video game developer and was previously a senior software engineer at Orion Health.

Matthew has spent many years in the tech industry and knows about the opportunities and challenges of the field.

He has given career talks and run workshops at more than 20 schools, and designed beginner programming activities for many organisations including OMGTech.

Sign Up

Are you ready? Fill out this form to sign up for Girl Code in term 4, from 13th October to 1st December.

Contact Us

Please get in touch if you have any questions! You can call, text or email.