The software development industry faces a major gender diversity problem. According to a survey conducted in 2015, only 5.8 percent of developer positions are occupied by women1.
OpenRoad was thrilled to help narrow this gender gap by hosting a Ladies Learning Code workshop this week. Ladies Learning Code is a not-for-profit organization that helps women and youth become builders of technology in a hands-on, social, and collaborative way. A few of our own front-end web development experts—Daryl, James, and George—were eager to share their tips and tricks, volunteering as mentors during the two-part workshop, CSS for Beginners.
"It was a great experience to be able to give back to the development community. Learners left the workshop feeling inspired by the endless possibilities of modern websmithing,” said Daryl.
The seminar was designed to give novice coders a deep dive into the fundamentals of CSS through two, 3-hour sessions. As the Ladies Learning Code instructor took attendees through lessons about syntax, rules, floats, and positioning, our mentors helped them every step of the way to build a personal webpage-resume.
"Ladies Learning Code is doing a great job at getting women and youth involved in an important industry," said George, a developer for OpenRoad's intranet software product, ThoughtFarmer, adding, "I think everyone can benefit from a basic knowledge of programming."