Girl Code

A software adventure for women

Work as a team to create a website

At Girl Code, beginners work together to build a web application. We meet one night a week for eight weeks.

Our classes are open to any women aged 15 or over.

We teach the same tools used by top employers like TradeMe, Spark and Air New Zealand. 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.

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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

$57,000 salary

average for software engineers straight out of uni

But is coding right for me?

Girl Code is a short course that lets you try being part of a real tech project.

Many of our students are leaving high school or planning a career change and are not yet sure if they want to spend years studying Computer Science at university. Our course is a quick way to see what you're getting yourself into 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 with 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

The Girl Code course runs four times each year. Each class has up to ten students, and two mentors. The small class size makes it easy to get help when you need it!


  • Week One

    Create a simple webpage using HTML and CSS, the basic building blocks of all websites.

  • Week Two

    Make interactive webpages using JavaScript. Learn how to make parts of the page appear or move around as the user clicks on buttons.

  • Week Three

    Create a web server using node.js and learn about server-side code. Practice using GitHub, a tool that helps teams work together and keep track of everyone's changes on a project.

  • Week Four to Week Eight

    Start the project! From now on, everyone will make changes to the same application.

    We will use project management tools to keep track of who is working on what. You will use all of the skills you developed in the first half of the course, and learn new tools and techniques depending on where the project leads us.

    This part of the course is designed to be as close as possible to working on a real software project, while still being beginner-friendly.

Note: Girl Code is a short course and not a full software education. If you want to become a work-ready developer, you will need to enrol in a longer course like Enspiral Dev Academy or the University of Auckland's Computer Science degree.

Cost and Times

Each course runs for 8 weeks.

We meet one night each week from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

The cost is for the entire 16-hour course.

Scroll down to the Sign Up section to see what courses are open for sign-ups.


We meet at GridAKL / Lysaght, a startup hub that is home to over 160 entrepreneurs in Wynyard Quarter, downtown Auckland.

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The GridAKL office

Who runs Girl Code?

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Alice Gatland is a web developer at Roam. She studied Web Development at Enspiral Dev Academy and also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Auckland.

Alice is passionate about helping more women get into technology careers. She has designed technology learning materials and taught programming to children, adults, and teachers at events across New Zealand and in New York City.

Listen to Alice talk about Girl Code on bFM:

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Greta Gotlieb studied Graphic Design at AUT, she has worked in print and web ever since and has been self-employed for the last 5+ years.

Greta mainly works in software and not-for-profits. Her favourite parts of web design is problem-solving, creativity, lifestyle and the people.

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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 Auckland Libraries, Gather Workshops and OMGTech.

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We accept payments by NZ bank transfer. Details will be emailed to you after you sign up.

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