Indoni Developer’s Workshop: Teaching Women how to Build Tech Products
When I was studying Computer Science I used to attend a lot of women in tech events. At these events I started noticing a pattern of women in tech who studied computer science or started out as programmers but went on to pursue non-technical roles after a short while in their technical roles. It made me wonder how realistic my degree and technical ambitions were. Of course, developing non-technical skills is an important part of a developer’s journey, but a lot of the women I spoke to were leaving their technical roles before even getting to senior developer.
When I started working and meeting more women in the industry, I realised that there were actually a lot more women who were incredibly talented than I had thought. I started attending more events specifically for women who code and it made me want to be a better developer. I didn’t have this looming fear that I would soon be pushed out of my technical position. Once I knew that I would be around for a while, I started investing more in my technical skills. It felt like I had found my passion for programming all over again.
I thought to myself, these women were there the whole time, I just didn’t know. I just didn’t realise how many more women were programming, more specifically Black women who code. I started a WhatsApp group with all the Black Women developers I knew and I asked everyone who knew other Black Women engineers who wanted to join to join. We called the group Indoni Developers. When I started the group, I really just wanted us to know that we exist. It may always be that you are the only Black Women at every tech office, meetup or conference but you are not alone.
I have since met some incredibly talented women, some are starting their careers and others blazing. Veliswa Boya is a Cloud engineer at Standard Bank and an AWS specialist. Mandisa is one of the early engineers at Yoco. Londiwe does full-stack engineering, machine learning, robotics and is one of the founders of BabesGotBytes. Kamo who was featured as one of the #Top15YoungGeeks in South Africa for her technical skills. Tendani recently attended the Google LaunchPad in Kenya. Zinziswa just started her first job and Mitchelle is in her first year of computer science. See more of these stories on our instagram page
So what is Indoni Developers?
Indoni Developers is a group for women who are currently working as developers in the tech industry. We provide support, mentorship and career opportunities for each other. Our goal is to increase the career span of women who are currently working as software developers. Studies show that women, more specifically women in technical roles are leaving their roles at an alarming rate. One of the main reasons women leave their technical roles is because of a lack of support and career advancement. The tech ecosystem has made great efforts to give women more technical roles, initiatives such as girlhype, code4CT and girlCodeZA play an important role in bringing women into the tech industry. They open doors for women to enter the industry.
With more women entering the industry and the growing interest in software development, the question is, are we empowering women to stay in the industry? Are we going the extra mile to ensure that the women we encourage to get into tech are able to get the best out of their experiences?
Indoni Developers exists as a community of women developers who can support each other, share resources and opportunities. An open community of software developers who are able to help each other grow in their careers.
Software Developer’s Workshops
Developer Circles, in partnership with Indoni Developers, is organising a 3 part workshop series to teach women practical web development skills. The programme will teach 20 women how to work in teams to develop full-stack web applications. The first workshop will focus on core programming principles and basic web development skills. The second will focus on an introduction to front-end and back-end development. On the third will see the women work together to develop a full-stack application that they will demo at the end of the workshop. The workshops will start on the 3rd of August and take place every second week after. .
Our goal is to teach women practical software development skills that will allow them to work in teams to develop products. The women will have the skills to pursue software development roles and or work on developing their own products after the workshop.
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