In this technology-driven era, most of our everyday activities have been taken over by technology –whether it is taking a cab, or getting a delivery, or even getting a masseuse to provide service at our homes. All of this is possible because of the software engineers who write programmes for these applications. And at its heart is coding, the computer language used to develop apps, websites, and software. Without it, we’d have none of the major technology we’ve come to rely on.
Now the backbone of the IT-industry, coding is one of the most in-demand fields for building a career.
However, coding has not just been restricted to software engineers. Many people without even a bachelor degree in engineering have made it as coders, and earning a small fortune with it. But, as in most other sectors, coding is also dominated by men, with very few women having established themselves as coders.
However, a US-based NGO is set to change the status quo. Girls Who Code (GWC) is building one of the largest pipelines of future female engineers and technologists in the US.
On Wednesday, November 6, US-based United Technologies Corp (UTC) announced its partnership with GWC, in India. The UTC recognised the first-ever 30 girls graduating from GWC Clubs in India at an event in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
As part of the partnership, UTC will train, increase, and sustain the number of women and underrepresented populations in the technology sector.
In a press statement, United Technologies’ Chief Digital Officer, Vince Campisi, said, “Digital acceleration is changing our world at an unprecedented pace and the future of our industries will be shaped by innovation rooted in gender parity.”
UTC’s partnership with GWC in India will also see the expansion of the NGO in the country. As part of the initiative, UTC will also provide financial backing, professional mentoring, and hosting select GWC programs at company facilities.
“UTC is proud to partner with Girls Who Code, to foster a learning environment and empower women and girls of all ages and backgrounds to thrive in STEM-related roles,” Campisi said.
GWC partners with schools and orphanages to set-up free clubs and provide girls with the skills and tools necessary for success in engineering and technology fields, encouraging the pursuit of careers in STEM.
The programme includes online coding tutorials, interactive sessions for community building, and learning about inspiring role models in tech. The participants will also work together to design solutions to real-world problems facing their communities.
In fact, GWC also helps aspiring technologists develop problem-solving skills, confidence-building, communication strategies, and relationship-building strategies.
At present, GWC has set up 100 Girls Who Code Clubs in India.
Apart from this, GWC plans to leverage UTC’s aerospace divisions – Collins Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney in-country resources - to expand pilot clubs in Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.
UTC has stated that it is actively focusing its STEM investment strategy in support of achieving diversity goals, building technology workforce skills, and driving community engagement in the places where UTC operates worldwide. It has more than 4,000 employees in India in its aerospace division.