Why I started Codess

I decided to start Codess after a terrible experience when I first began my Cognitive Science degree. I remember very clearly being the only female in my class, feeling alienated when it came to choosing teams for group projects and debating in class discussions. When I was at University I didn't have the support I required to keep going with software engineering, I didn't know the career opportunities available should I have continued along that path.

Joining Microsoft gave me the opportunity to make a difference, I was able to gain insight and knowledge of how truly exciting the engineering industry can be, and Microsoft inspired me to start Codess. It was my mission to ensure women today and in the future are given the advice and support they need to feel inspired about a career in engineering.


Cheryl White posted on 12 May 2014


Natalie Rideout posted on 12 May 2014

Great work Alexa !

Winsome posted on 26 Sep 2014

Hello, I am a data analyst and I am interested in big data. I would love to learn more and welcome the opportunity to experiment with large sets of data. Where can I get started? Thanks.

Codess posted on 29 Sep 2014

If you are interested in learning more about Big Data, perhaps enter the Kaggle competitions and also check out KDNuggets.com. They are both a wealth of information that can help you learn more about the Data Science world and how you can gain more experience in that area. If in the future, you are looking for Data Analyst jobs at Microsoft-then have a look at our careers site and see if there are any roles that you think align with your skills/experience. Also feel free to send your CV to mlrecruiting@microsoft.com and let them know you were recommended by Codess.

Adalyn Johnson posted on 09 Oct 2014

Alexa, I just wanted to thank you for starting Codess. I stumbled upon your Blog a few days ago and have been on it ever since. Reading some of these articles have helped me focus on the more important things (like programming). I get so worked up about what happens during class, the things that students and professors say to me that I just cannot focus on my work. Thank you again, I cannot tell you how encouraging this blog is! Thank you, Adalyn