Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve
Our primary goal is to make 12 new women programmers in BC and provide them access to technology, life-long learning skills, technical computer skills, technology expertise, and to support them so they are leaders and mentors for other women in computing.
Our secondary goal is to establish a foundation of materials that promotes and encourages participation. We want to facilitate the replication of our program and services in other organizations so that they may also create an atmosphere of inclusion and belonging for women in computing.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
We are past the planning stages and committed to begin. We have identified volunteers ready to work with the project, and have planned out the logistics of the project.
The collection of volunteers have already started spreading the word and we have women already interested in participating.
What is your projected impact over the next five years?
Hundreds of women in computing. How will that change the industry? What might that do for BC?
We want to develop a sustainable ongoing program, with partner organizations, and a full complement of mentors. We want a dedicated learning space and we want to continue offering the program for free.
We want to be able to offer the program as barrier free for women. We envision industry support and community support. We look forward to establishing solid relationships and partnerships with the community.
We want to grow this project to reach all of the women in BC.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Staffing solely on a volunteer basis is not sustainable. This project is going to cost money: for the space, the equipment, and quality instruction.
For a project such as this to be sustainable, there will have to be both staff and volunteer positions. We will publish all of our materials because we think people make good projects, not just great ideas. We envision providing 'train the trainer' opportunities.
Each batch of graduates is a batch of potential mentors who can help teach classes on special topics.
The funds, if awarded, will be used to pay for the learning space, technology assets, and the sustainment of the program.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Teach and graduate 12 new women coders for the BC tech economy
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Establishing organizations with their own sustainable women learning to code projects and forging industry apprenticeships