We live in an age of ever increasing female empowerment with the rise of social media.
This is especially true with the likes of Pinterest and its many motivational images that are endlessly shared by women worldwide. However, we are not really seeing results in equalizing the tech world gender gap. That is something Ladies Learning Code continues to try and change by teaching hundreds, if not thousands, of women how to become programmers. It is a women-run not-for-profit group working to empower everyone to feel comfortable learning beginner-friendly technical skills in a social collaborative way.
Only 5% of tech startups are founded by women. If you’re up for it, Ladies Learning Code would like to invite you to their fundraiser on the night of Wednesday September 19 to help level the playing field.
They have just signed a lease for a 1,100-square-foot place at the Centre for Social Innovation at Bloor and Bathurst in Downtown Toronto. “But this isn’t an office,” explains Heather Payne. “We’re creating a 50-person workshop space, a mini-maker studio and a computer lab. We finally have a home for the 12 laptops that were donated to use earlier this year.”
CBC profiled Ladies Learning Code in April.
She adds, “we think this space is going to be a really cool resource for our community—a physical space dedicated to people who want to learn to code, hack and create. If you think so too, we hope you’ll help us raise the funds we need to finish and furnish the space. We’re raising $10,000 through an Indiegogo campaign. “
You can purchase your ticket here and attend one of the hottest technology events Toronto has to offer next week for just a $25 donation. There are also higher donation levels if you want to be publicly recognized or want to party in style with bottle service. Most of all, you would be helping out a great cause while having lots of fun doing so.
The night will also include DJs, a dance floor, old-school Nintendo, a Vectrex, 3D printers, iPad caricatures, and more!