Girl Code

An eight-week software adventure for young women aged 15 to 25

Do you like making things?

Then you might want to learn to code!

Working for companies like TradeMe and Vend, coders build products that people use every day. There are heaps of jobs all around New Zealand (and the whole world) and 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!

Team environment

Most coders work together in teams

$50,000 starting salary

for software engineers straight out of uni

Girl Code lets you experience 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.

Anyone can learn to code

At Girl Code, we start from the basics. You don't need any coding experience – you just need to be ready to try new things.

Even if you plan on taking a different career, learning to code is an awesome skill. Business owner? Designer? Architect? Wherever you go, understanding code helps you express your ideas and make an impact.

What happens at Girl Code?

You work as a team to build a web application – an interactive website similar to Tumblr, Pinterest, or Twitter.

First, we teach you the foundation skills. After that, you'll take the lead in building a web application.

You'll come across the same challenges you'd face at a real tech company. But you won't be facing them alone! Our mentors will help you, and you'll be working with a team of your peers.

The tools we teach at Girl Code are the same tools used by top employers like TradeMe, Vend and Orion Health.

By the end of the course, you will know how to:

  • Create a website using HTML and CSS
  • Add interaction to a site using JavaScript
  • Let your users chat and post content through Node.js
  • Work together on the same code using Git
  • Use Agile planning techniques to stay on track
  • Release your project into the world!

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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 whole course.

We meet at GridAKL, in an office shared by 15 technology start-ups in Wynyard Quarter, downtown Auckland.

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The GridAKL office

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 has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Auckland. She is a radio producer and host at 95bFM. She 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 over 20 events for Auckland Libraries, Gather Workshops, and OMGTech. Alice recently designed and ran a game-making workshop where beginners learn to express creative ideas using a variety of technology tools.

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Matthew Gatland has a degree in Software Engineering from 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 over 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.