Introduction to our #CodeCan campaign...

At Codess, we are devoted to empowering, educating and celebrating everyone who has an interest in technology. It’s time to dispose of the dated and untrue stereotypes that that suggest the tech industry is ‘boring’, ‘inflexible’ and ‘male dominated’. Instead, we have created our campaign to shine a light on the vast benefits that learning to #CodeCan bring about. Whether you’re interested in a new career, music, education, gaming or pretty much anything else, you’ll be surprised to find out how much coding can help!

We’ve met 5 incredible women who are all using code in very different ways. Check out their fantastic stories on our blog. Join our #CodeCan movement on Twitter by telling us what coding has enabled you to do… 

Meet... Holly

I’m Holly, I’m twenty-five years old and have a BA in anthropology from Princeton. I’m a software engineer at Eventsage and the co-founder and director of Women Who Code, Vancouver, which launches in Vancouver this fall. In my spare time, I program analog synthesizers, make techno music, and DJ at cultural events in Vancouver.

While working at a financial services company, I independently developed a CMS after seeing the need for better internal marketing systems. Through this I learned some basic programming which gave me the agency to express my ideas. I left my gig in finance to study at Flatiron School in New York, then pivoted into software development full-time, where I now get paid to learn new technologies - and implement this learning daily!


What is your experience within the coding industry?
I’m planning and launching the first-ever Women Who Code network in Vancouver! After returning home from New York, I became frustrated at the lack of women-led software engineering meetups. I applied to WWC in San Francisco with the hopes of launching a WWC network in my city. I was honoured when Vancouver was chosen for WWC launch. 

Coding has made me a better storyteller and refined my analytical abilities by teaching me how to break down complex problems into sub-problems. Coding has made me a better musician and DJ. Building software allows me to flex my creativity. Interpersonally, coding has made me a kinder, more compassionate person as programming encourages you to look back on former versions of yourself - your code - with sensitivity and empathy and calmly work through bugs!


What advice would you give to someone who was contemplating whether to delve into the world of coding?
I would definitely encourage anyone to learn to program as I believe we need diversity in technology because a diversity of viewpoints, skill-sets, and social and cultural experiences produces better products. Women, LGBTQ, POC, and minorities must be included in software decision-making to yield more inclusive and relevant products.


Last words?
I want my industry to be more inclusive and diverse. I want more female CEOs, more minorities, and POC in C-Suite positions at Fortune 500 companies. I want a less homogenous, more colorful tech industry.


I've joined the #CodeCan movement... now it's your turn! Tweet @Codessforum and let the world know how #CodeCan improve lives.