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The courses are coming...

The new Spring Summer Code First: Girls semester has started! Read on for more about our new courses, event reminders, and some old and new faces...
January Updates

It’s already been a busy start to the year here at CF:G HQ, with this month focused on kicking off our Spring Summer 2016 courses and events. We’re now running more courses than ever!

Read on to hear more about our recent competition, and upcoming events and activities within our community.

Spring/Summer 2016 Courses

This semester we've opened up lots of new CF: G  University courses, such as Liverpool, Aberdeen and Exeter. A number of courses have already closed, but there are still some open: you can make your application or register your interest for Autumn/Winter 2016 here. 

We're looking forward to seeing lots of new faces this semester!

Autumn Winter 2015 Course Competition Winners

We've just finished e-mailing out the Amazon vouchers to the winners of the Autumn/Winter 2015 competition - congratulations to all the winners! You can find their websites here. We were really impressed with the wide range of websites and the content ideas, including a mood tracking site, one explaining feminism and one to organise delivery of voluntarily baked cakes for children!

For all those who successfully completed the course, we'll be contacting you shortly with your certificates.  

CF:G goes pro with

Code First: Professionals 

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

Following the total success of the first CF: Pros course last November, we are launching a new course to kick off in March!

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 meet out on amazing tech opportunities.

Do sign up and share with others who might be interested. More info on our website

Code First: Professionals

Congratulations to...

Members of our community get involved in exciting tech ventures:

Sophie Sillman!

Sophie, one of our Code First: Girls alumni, has gone on to become a graduate developer at True Clarity. Awesome job Sophie!

Charlotte Morley!

We're very excited to announce that Charlotte, who has been working with the CF:G HQ team in a business development capacity, will shortly be joining EdTech company Arbor Education Partners as a product manager! Big congrats to Char, and thanks for all the hard work over the past months!


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.

Congratulations to Charlotte on becoming a Dr!

Our CF: G Programmes Manager Charlotte Fereday successfully passed her viva last week- making her a Dr of Hispanic Studies. Here she is celebrating the big day in Madrid with some friends!  

Spring/Summer Intern

This month, the CF:G team said a big warm welcome to our Spring intern, Beverley Newing from Warwick!

So tell us a bit about yourself Beverley…

Hi, I'm Beverley, and I've just joined the Code First: Girls team as the Spring Summer intern. I've been helping Charlotte set up and organise the Spring/Summer courses and events. I'm really enjoying getting to know all of our community from the inbox, and am looking forward to spending the next three months here!

Events We're Supporting
   Women of Silicon Roundabout 2016 Conference 
Thursday January 28th 2016

CF: G were at Women of Silicon Roundabout 2016!

CF: G were involved in a panel session and running a workshop. It was a fantastic day, and you can see some of the pics and comments about the event on our twitter feed @codefirstgirls & @MaddoxWinTec #WinTec16

More information about the day & the schedule can be found here.

CF: G In the News
Guardian Tech Weekly Podcast
CF: G CEO Amali de Alwis was invited to join as a speaker at the Guardian for their Tech Weekly Podcast in celebration of Ada Lovelace’s birthday!
Have a listen to her chatting alongside tech icon Dame Stephanie Shirley, CEO of WP Engine (WordPress) Heather Brunner; Anne-Marie Imafidon from the Stemettes and Pauline Langourieux, MD of games developer Ubisoft Reflections. 
The Guardian Digital Fellowship

The Guardian are offering up the chance to be hired as one of their developers, regardless of whether you have a degree in coding or not. Their main criteria is no more than 2 years’ experience and an enthusiasm for coding. We'd love to see some of our Code First: Girls alumni in the selection process!

You can read more information about the scheme here, and you can apply to the scheme here. The deadline for applications is tomorrow!

Game of Code App Competition

The Hut Group are launching their latest and greatest challenge: Game of Code.
The challenge is to create an app that improves everyday experiences for people interested in health, beauty or nutrition for one of their signature brands, such as MyProtein or LookFantastic.

This year there is a winner takes all prize of £100,000 and top performing entrants will be offered internship and/or full-time job opportunities. More info can be found on the competition website

NET-A-PORTER - Software Engineering Graduate Programme

A fab opportunity to join the dev graduate programme with Net-A-Porter!

YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP is the world’s premier online fashion retailer but we’re more than just fashion; we are a group of individuals with a shared goal of excellence, innovation and integrity underpinning all that we do. We’re pioneers in our field; we built the first ever transactional iPhone app and our warehouses have robots!

This is a unique opportunity to gain experience as a software engineer by working in collaborative agile teams. This a permanent opportunity to come into our business where you’ll go through an 18 month programme involving rotations across the core software engineering disciplines. Under the guidance of industry experts, you will work as a full life cycle Software Developer, in the back and front end, using a variety of languages including Scala, Java and Perl amongst many others.  You will be part of the regular team and get to work on real business problems; it’s an opportunity to really add value!

Apply here

Great Dev Job at Sony Music Digital Creative 

An exciting opportunity has come up with Sony Music, involving building websites, apps, games and other online collateral to support artist campaigns. 

You'll be working in a fast moving and lively environment. You'll also need to be knowledgeable about all the latest technologies, and with excellent JavaScript abilities you'll be passionate about creating innovative apps and sites to support artist campaigns.

Online Production Assistant -
Great Job Opportunity at House of Frazer


Anna, one of our beginner course alumni has let us know about an exciting job opportunity. It's a position she's just leaving, that she got soon after doing our beginner's course!

Here is some of the blurb:

Looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated person to work with the wider creative and editorial teams to build, develop and deliver premium digital content across House of Fraser's multiple online channels. 

Click here to read more and apply

We hope to see you soon!

The CF:G Team
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