Ladies Learning Code brings women into tech

by | Jan 24, 2014 | Biz/Tech

Aabida Dhanji
Biz/Tech Reporter

Ladies Learning Code, a nonprofit member of Learning Labs dedicated towards ending gender inequality in technical fields, is holding free workshops to accomplish their goals.

Learning Labs is a Canadian educational agency that offers opportunities in digital literacy for children, youth and adults, and teaches women the fundamentals of web design and programming.

“It is an environment where women feel welcome and comfortable to learn these types of skills,” said Melissa Crnic, the director of Ladies Learning Code. “The ultimate goal of Ladies Learning Code is to one day have no gender inequality in technical roles and the technical industry.”

Learning Labs gives mentors a chance to give back to their community.

“I had a lot of people that helped me out when I was learning and it’s a nice feeling to give back to the development community,” said Spencer Crone, a graduate of Humber College’s web design and maintenance program.

Crone has mentored a few sessions with Ladies Learning Code and has been impressed by what his students have developed.

“It’s great to see what unique designs they can create with no prior knowledge of the programs,” he said.

Learning Labs currently have workshops in 15 cities in Canada, and eight workshops per month in Toronto alone, said Crnic. By the end of February they will have expanded to 17 cities.

“There are about 20 different workshops for adults,” she said. “These range from HTML to WordPress, python, Photoshop, video editing, app development and more. All the workshops are in the realm of design and development.”

Ryan Burton, director of I.T. Planning & Client Services at Humber, said it’s a “tremendous opportunity” to have organizations like Ladies Learning Code helping people pursue career aspirations in technology

“I like that people have an interest in technology and can get help along the way,” he said.

The next Ladies Learning Code event will be an introduction to the python programming language on Feb. 1. More information is available on the Ladies Learning Code website.