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Want to hear more about community member success stories? Interested in getting your hands on a CF: G t-shirt? Then read on for the full low down, including the usual job opportunities, events and CF: G news ...
The past month at CF: G

Now that exam season is out of the way, bring on the summer! We've been busy organising lots of exciting events and collecting job opportunities for you, to help you on your journey into tech.

Summer Pros Course
29th June-17th August, London

The CF: G team are super excited to launch our third Code First: Professionals course!

These are paid courses for working women, and provide the same excellent instructors and learnings, so that women who are already working get better skilled to their jobs, and don’t miss out on amazing tech opportunities.

Do sign up and share with others who might be interested. You can find more info, including the application form on our website: Code First: Professionals

Level39's Annual Report

CF: G were delighted to have been included in Level39's annual report! Read our mention in their magazine-style report here

Level39, Europe's largest technology accelerator for finance, retail, cyber-security and future cities have supported us since 2013. Their beautiful offices in Canary Wharf have hosted many of our bi-annual London General courses and inspired many community members to pursue careers in tech.   

Amali joins Intelligent Crowd as a Guest Speaker 

Our wonderful CEO, Amali, joined Intelligent Crowd on the 24th of May to talk about gender diversity issues in tech, touching on STEM subjects in school, the challenges women face when trying to break into male-dominated spaces and ways they can get into tech. Some great points were raised!

You can view the full discussion here

High Achievers Breakfast

Bright and early on Monday the 23rd of May, we were joined by many of the Ones to Watch for our High Achievers breakfast event! We had the amazing Tracy Dorée, Founding Partner of Spring Partners and CF: G Advisory board member, as our inspirational guest speaker. Lots of fantastic questions were asked and advice shared. 

It was great to meet everyone and we hope to see you at our future events!

New CF: G Team Member- Beverley Newing

We're delighted to announce that Beverley Newing who began with CF: G as an intern in January, has now become our Programmes Associate! You can read more about Beverley here. She'll be working with many of you on the upcoming courses as well as continuing to help to organise lots of exciting CF: G events.

Welcome Beverley!

Conference Community Slot

Applications for the CF:G Conference Community Slot Now Open!
Saturday 12th November 2016, London

Do you have a tech talk you're eager to discuss, or an inspirational talk? Want the opportunity of presenting to a room of 100+ tech savvy women at our CF: G 2016 Annual Conference? Then apply to speak on the Community Slot at our conference! We'd love to have one of our fabulous community members join us as a guest speaker.
Full information and application form can be found here. Read more about last year's amazing conference attended by 185+ community members here and on Twitter via the #CFGconf. Applications close on the 1st of August.

What's coming up at CF: G

PwC & Code First: Girls event - Kickstart Your Career in Technology
Friday, 1st July, 9-5pm


CF: G have teamed up with PwC to run a day long event focused on helping you to understand the many exciting career opportunities around tech consultancy and advisory at PwC. From digital strategy to advisory consulting we have a packed programme of panels, workshops and networking opportunities.

Full information can be found found on our website here. Don't miss out on this amazing day! Be sure to make your application here to attend by the 22nd of June.

Hack Your Career in Travel Tech
Thursday 9th June, London

Heard about Travel Tech but unsure what the career opportunities are? Want to hear from speakers working on some of the hottest areas in the sector? Then join us for our next instalment of the Hack Your Career event series!

 Kindly hosted by Huckletree, we have a top notch panel lined up from TFL, CrossrailExpedia, Skyscanner and Uber who'll be sharing their experience and advice on the industry, along with some great networking opportunities.

Spaces are limited so hurry to get your free ticket by Friday 3rd June here!

CF: G Annual Summer Party!
Thursday 4th August, London

It's that special time of year again! We'd like to invite you to join us for our CF: G annual summer party, kindly hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Fantastic chance for you to join us and celebrate all the wonderful things we've achieved over the last year. Meet up with our fabulous instructors, ambassadors and students over some canapés and drinks on a fabulous rooftop terrace. 

Spaces are limited so be sure to secure your free ticket ASAP here.

CF: G Shop

CF: G Shop Launch!

Ever wanted your own CF:G T-shirt? Want to share your love of CF:G with the world? Jealous of the t-shirt swag instructors and ambassadors get but unable to do either role? We've just opened up the CF:G Shop

Now you can buy your very own CF: G t-shirt! Great for looking stylish, for jogging in, and even sleeping in! Tweet us your t-shirt selfies at @CodeFirstGirls! 

Events We're Supporting

Microsoft Web Platform Day
Wednesday 15th June, online

Microsoft are running a day of webinars on the 15th of June. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn more about the world of tech from the comfort of your home! 

Full info and tickets can be found here.

GHC/1 London: Our Time to Lead
Wednesday 22nd June, London

ABI.London and the Anita Borg Institute have joined forces for this incredible women in technology conference on the 22nd of June. 

This will be a day of learning and networking, focused on technology, career development, leadership and advancing a gender diverse technology workforce in London. It's open to women at all stages of their careers. 

Tickets and more info can be found here.

Women Hack Syria
Saturday 18th June, London or Manchester

It has been five years since the start of the Syrian civil war, as we continue to face the worst humanitarian crisis of our time.

Join ThoughtWorks for a global, female-led hackathon to discover more about life in the camps and how to hack tech for good for their Women Hack Syria event. This hackathon is open to all with childcare provided and all skill sets are welcome. 

You can register for this event here

SheWorx100: Investor Summit for Female Entrepreneurs and Leading VCs
Wednesday 15th June, London

Exciting news! The SheWorx100: Fundraising Summit will launch in London on the evening of June 15th, and will be an amazing opportunity to connect with 15 top VCs.

The summit being kicked off by an amazing panel, including Ophelia Brown, General Partner of LocalGlobe, Sitar Teli, Managing Partner of Connect Ventures, Tracy Dorée, Founding Partner of Spring Ventures, and Max Kelly, Managing Director of Techstars.

You can register for this event here

Congratulations to...

Members of our community doing amazing things:

Harini Manivannan

Now... Operations Manager at Provenance !

"After finishing my masters, I completed the London General CF: G course in October 2015 and then swiftly joined the advanced Python CF: G course in January 2016.

I am now the operations manager at Provenance, a blockchain technology start up. My day to day role usually includes a range of activities from admin, finance, HR to business modelling, sales, customer discovery and support to analytics.

Learning to code has been invaluable for this role because it allows me to interact confidently with users/customers to help them use our software. Indirectly it has also helped me appreciate and understand our core blockchain technology."

Members of our community doing amazing things:

Anne Byrne
Now... Associate Software Engineer at The Guardian!

"Since completing the CF: G Beginners and Ruby course this year, I joined the Guardian digital development team in May, as an Associate Software Engineer on the Fellowship scheme.

This is a scheme that addresses the gap for those who are self-taught coders, who may not have a typical CompSci background but are passionate about technology and importantly, that bring external experience and skills to their role. You learn on the job and get mentoring support..

I've joined the Memberships team which is cross-departmental, both tech and editorial. We're working on the proposition to deepen the relationship with our readers."

Members of our community doing amazing things:

Elizabeth Chesters

Now... UX Consultant at RedEye

Congratulations to our fantastic CF: G One to Watch 2016 and lead Instructor Elizabeth Chesters! Elizabeth recently started in her new role as UX Consultant at RedEye. You can read more about her experience at the company, and her work with Code First: Girls in her blog post here

Have you recently started a new role in tech or entrepreneurship? Have you presented at an amazing conference, won an award or built something exciting?

If so, we want to know about it!

Email your name, role, and company name with a picture to, and we'll be picking out the best to profile in the next newsletter.

Instructors of the Month
Each month we feature two of our volunteer community instructors who have been nominated by their students as outstanding Instructors of the Month! This month's instructors are...

Matt Savage, London General Level39 Beginners!
(Matt is on the right-hand side!)

"Very involved and supportive."
- Valentine

James Camden, London General Level39 Beginners!

"James is very enthusiastic. That to me is when I learn the best. If you interact with someone who loves what s/he's doing, you get more interested and involved in the subject and you tend to learn a lot." - Ekaterina

Nominate your instructors for next month's feature! We're looking forward to reading your nominations!

Codeslinger Tickets!

We have TWO FREE Codeslinger tickets - these are normally worth £199! But, we're giving them away to you, our amazing community, for free!  To enter the competition, fill out this form here and tweet us. We'll let entrants know outcomes on the 6th of June.

You can find out full information and the agenda for the day here. They have some great speakers 
from companies ranging from Sky, Twitter and Deloitte, to ASOS and Skyscanner, and even Code First: Girls!

T-Shirt Competition Winner

Congratulations to Michelle Matthew, who won our t-shirt competition! We had lots of amazing entries, and it was a very difficult decision, but in the end we chose Michelle's design.

We'll be launching our 3rd birthday t-shirts later on in the year - watch this space!


ThoughtWorks Scholarship for Maker's Academy

Done one of our courses, and want to take the next step? Why not apply for the ThoughtWorks and Makers Academy Scholarship! ThoughtWorks have partnered with Makers Academy to offer not 1 but 6 FREE PLACES on their 12 week course (normally costs around £8000) for their Women in Tech Scholarship! There's also the possibility of a job at ThoughtWorks after the course...!

Please be sure to read the Aims and FAQs on the website, which gives more information on eligibility of applicants. Full information can be found here.

CF: G Jobs Blog

We're launching our first ever jobs blog! We're launching this because we get so many amazing opportunities and we want to share them with all of you. We'll be sharing a selection in the newsletter every month but for the full list, visit our jobs board jobs board.

If you're a company looking to place an advert, do feel free to fill out the form on this page. We'd love to share your opportunities and vacancies!

Sainsburys Software Development Apprenticeship

Sainsburys are recruiting for their Software Development Apprenticeship! Starting salary of £20,000, a 6 week bootcamp and on the job training, and no prior IT experience necessary! If you're looking into switching into tech, definitely have a look at this!

More information on this link here 

Obex Technologies

Obex Technologies, a software company experienced in developing bespoke medical software solutions are looking for a Software Developer to work on their existing packages and to develop the next generation of products. The role is full-time, based in the Cambridge area, and flexible working requirements can be considered.

Full Job specification and application details can be found here

Springer Nature

Springer Nature is the world’s largest academic book and journal publisher, and a pioneer in the field of open research. The company numbers almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries and content ranges from scientific, technical, educational and medical publishing.

They are now recruiting for a Platform Engineer. Click the links for full details!


Looking for a Junior Dev role? Bud the Universal Banking app are currently recruiting for a Junior Developer, with experience in HTML, CSS, Javascript and PHP.  Experience of Git and responsive development is a bonus!

They're also looking for a more experienced Back-end Developer and a Mobile Developer- get applying!


Robogals, a student run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology EMEA team are looking to onboard a Regional Executive Officer. Please note the this is an unpaid voluntary position with a significant time-commitment.

You can find full details of their job description here.

Health Forge 

Looking for a developer role in a Health Tech start-up? Good news, Health Forge the cloud platform for healthcare app developers are currently hiring! They're looking for experience with Java 8, dependency injection frameworks and RESTful API design and implementation. 

The link to the job advert can be found here


Global fashion retailer Arcadia Group (who own Topshop, Miss Selfridge and many more!) are looking for a junior to mid-level developer to join their Digital team.

 This would be an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic developer to work on cutting-edge projects built in JavaScript, React and PostCSS which will delight millions of customers around the world.

Interested in applying? Please send your CV to

We hope to see you soon!

The CF:G Team
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