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Welcome to October!
Here at CF:G we're gearing up for the Winter and the new Academic Year
The days are getting shorter and the nights are becoming longer. Another great reason to stay in and code! Find out more below....

Code First: Girls are in this month's Marie Claire!

Not content with only having CF:G alum Gemma Milne's CFG Conf tweet retweeted by Twitter CEO @Jack, Code First: Girls CEO, Amali de Alwis, was interviewed by Marie Claire about the benefits of learning to code!

You can read the full article here.

CF: G Conference
Saturday 24th of October

The invitations have been sent, the speakers have been confirmed and it's now less than 2 weeks until our annual conference! Full details on speakers and timings for the day can be found here. 

If you haven't done so already have a look at our Twitter feed & check out #CFGconf to see all the amazing nominations from our community of their favourite women in technology & entrepreneurship.
CF: G Professionals 
Starts 4th November, Holborn

In response to high demand, Code First: Girls is proud to launch our first web coding course for professional women!

It was one the most frequent requests, so we at CF:G have created a beginners friendly professionals evening course, that fits around people's day jobs, and allows them to learn with peers of a similar age, in a friendly and supported environment.

Why not join us - the next one is in London and starts on the 4th November. And to celebrate our launch, we've got 10% off our first course!

More information and application form can be found here. 

Autumn/ Winter 2015 Courses


Most of our Autumn/Winter courses have now kicked off to a fantastic start! Have a look at our Twitter feed to see some photos of the newly fledged coders in action. 

Most courses have now closed for A/W 2015, but you can register your interest and check out the full list of our course page here. 

There's still time to apply for the following courses:

Durham University - closes 16th Oct
King's College London - closes 19th Oct

University of Oxford - closes 26th Oct
CF:G October Competition

The Battle of Ideas
17th October 2015


The annual Battle of Ideas festival, a weekend of debate initiated by the Institute of Ideas and organised with partners from the arts, academia, business, science and media, is embarking on its second decade.

Every year, hundreds of speakers from home and abroad, along with over 2,500 vocal attendees, gather to ‘shape the future through debate’. No topics are off limits; this year the programme will debate everything from War & Peace to Life & Death; modernising Shakespeare to the Sharing Economy; ‘rape culture’ to racism on film; from free-range kids to free-speech wars and includes a whole strand on the 'Battle over Technology'. 

And because they love CF:G, they have offered us 2 tickets to give away for a day of your choice!
To be in with a chance of winning the pair, simply tweet us to tell us to say which session you really want to see (it's a really tough choice we know!), and include the text "#BattleOfIdeas @CodeFirstGirls"

Full details can be found hereCut-price tickets for school students are also available.

Upcoming Events
CF: G Hack Your Career Day @ Bank of America Merrill Lynch Chester

Ever thought about how a company handles billion dollars of transactions per day? Want to find out more on how global companies manage to work over multiple locations?

Join us for our 'Hack Your Career’ with one of our leading sponsors Bank of America Merrill Lynch and find out more.

We are running free coaches from Chester Station, so all the more reason to secure your place here!

A practical guide to Git @8th Light
24 November London, 6-8pm

A workshop for beginner coders to get comfortable with Git and encourage more interactive ways of learning Git. During the workshop you will learn best practices in using Git, and ways to safely experiment with your code.

The workshop will be led by Felipe and Christoph who are Software Craftsmen at 8th Light and together they have over ten years of experience.

Sounds like your cup of tea? There will be a strict cap with 30 places available, so hurry and apply here. 

Events we're supporting

Beyond 2015
The conference for coders in development
23 November, London

On Monday 23rd November, 600 bright-eyed developers will be hearing from the leading voices in development and technology. Will you be one of them?

Beyond 2015 is a one-day event for people who code. Hear from an impressive line-up of experienced speakers, learn new skills and go further in your career. With lots of time for networking, Beyond is a place to connect with like-minded people around a love of code.

And as a VERY special offer JUST for CF:G, the kind folk at Steer who are running Beyond have offered us 2-4-1 tickets on early bird! 

To see the full schedule and list of speakers, please visit

Just enter 'cfg2for1’ in the promo code box, and get your tickets here. 

Come and visit Code First: Girls at Stylist Live this Thursday!

The Next Ada: Graduate Careers at Thoughtworks
21 October 2015, Manchester
26 October, London

The Next Ada: Graduate positions at ThoughtWorks

Ada Lovelace was a mathematician who is often referred to as the first computer programmer. She helped shape technology of the 19th century and is regarded as one of the figureheads in the history of computing.

As part of a campaign celebrating her 200th anniversary and achievements of women in tech all over the world, ThoughtWorks are opening their doors to show the next generation of female technologists what a career in tech might look like. So, if your studying Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths or you're interested in careers in technology, join ThoughtWorks to hear from other women about their experiences, roles and opportunities.
To find out more and sign up click here
Marketing guru with fantastic digital skills?

Hubble is looking for incredibly smart people to join their team. Are you a software developer with a keen eye for product? A marketing guru with fantastic digital skills? Or are you just someone who gets stuff done?

They're growing incredibly fast and are looking for a variety of roles across all aspects of the business (engineering, design, marketing, sales, support/ account mgmt etc.).

If you think you fit the bill, Tom, their co-founder, would love to grab a coffee or a call with you! 


Partner in crime sought for an iOS app
I'm an advertising creative making an iOS app as a personal project. I'm looking for a partner in crime to help bring the idea to life!

I've taken care of the graphic design, branding and copywriting and will also handle PR and marketing. What I'm looking for is a developer who'll will take on the technical aspects, and assist with the platform UX conventions.

If you're looking for a project that aims to change how we use social, while also raising the profile of women in tech, please get in touch to discuss the idea, rates and timeline. 

Mobile: 07472273895
Fearless Futures
Apply by 20 October

Fearless Futures is a social enterprise that delivers innovative leadership development programmes for girls and women with a focus on gender equality across schools, universities and in the workplace.

We are currently exploring creating an online community-oriented app for our alumna AND gamifying our programmes.

We are seeking volunteer(s) to support us in our thinking with these two goals. We would love to hear from you if you're a believer in a gender equal world and have the requisite tech skills to inform the exploration

Get in touch with by 20th October 2015 to see how we could work together. Watch a video on Fearless Futures here.
CF:G Community
This month the CF:G team got to speak to the awesome Amelia Humfress, who is not only the CEO and Founder of coding courses company Steer, but also one of our illustrious CF:G Ones to watch!

Read on to find out more about her, as well as the awesome Beyond Conference (for junior developers and new coders) that Steer are putting on in November (and CF:G are supporting!)

You can read the fantastic article here!

Amali de Alwis, CEO of CF: G interviewed in Changeboard
Women in tech: Coding success for girls

According to research by the IET, only 7% of parents feel that STEM careers would appeal to their daughters, whereas for boys, this shoots up to 47%. What can we as a community, as well as businesses, do to change this?

Amali de Alwis, CEO of Code First: Girls, reveals how the social enterprise company – along with their growing team of voluntary mentors – are raising awareness and educating more young women into tech careers.

Read the full interview here.
Congratulations to...

Members of our community get involved in exciting tech ventures

Natalia Harateh  - Software Engineer at NCR Corporation

Natalia, a 2014 CF:G alumna, is now a fully fledged Software Engineer- amazing job!

Dolly Eniola - Digital Trainer, Freeformers

Dolly, a 2014 CF:G ambassador, has just started an exciting new role as a digital trainer!

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.
Your thoughts...

SO, what does CF:G mean to you? Do you find our courses and events helpful? What have you enjoyed? How has CF:G made a difference to your life?


Dear CF:Gs, we're looking to update our company docs and website with some new quotes about what CF:G means to you and how it has helped you with your careers.

We'd love to hear about how we've made a difference. Please email us at (max 200 words).

For the comments that we'd like to include on our website, we'll drop you a line to get a pic and let you know. We may also repost comments into our twitter feed - so if you'd like us to @ mention you when we do, just add your handle at the end of the comment.

Big hug, the CF:G team x


We hope to see you soon!

The CF:G Team
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