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Heat, Events and More Heat...

Summer is blazing on! Get a cocktail and a deckchair in the sun, the brightness on your screen turned up, and settle in for your August dose of CF:G news...
The past month at CF:G

It's been another busy month for CF: G with some exciting news and events, including a National award nomination and a hackathon!

Read on for the full low down and to get your hands on tickets for our incredible Ethical Hacking Masterclass at Bletchley Park and Hack Your Career event at Accenture. Check out our brand new Alumni Wall of Fame, job opportunities and usual fab give aways!

CF: G Shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards



Exciting news... We've been nominated for the UK's largest diversity awards... the National Diversity Awards!  These awards celebrate grass-roots organisations and seeks to give them recognition for all their hard work. We were absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted from over 20,000 nominations and votes.

You can read our press release on this here

Alumni Wall of Fame

Exciting news: we've just launched our Alumni Wall of Fame! We've collected some incredible stories from our community of your successful transition into tech, and proudly showcased them on our website. 

If you've recently achieved something tech-related, whether that be switching to a developer role, working at a technology company, or anything else tech related, let us know. No story or success story is too small!

Nominate yourself or someone you know to be featured on the wall here.

Hack Brexit
Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th July





CF: G joined forces with ThoughtWorks to run a two hackathon, kindly hosted by their London office, to create tech solutions to drive dialogue, unity and positive action beyond Brexit. On one of London's sunniest weekend's we were joined by a group of 50 technical & non-technical people who built 10 amazing open source projects!

See full information on the projects on the Hack Brexit website, generously built and supported by We Rock Tech. You can also read Computer Weekly's coverage of the hack here.  

This is just the beginning! If you're interested in getti
ng involved, please email: charlotte@codefirstgirls.org.uk

What's coming up at CF: G

Masterclass in Ethical Hacking @Bletchley Park
Saturday 3rd September, 10.00-17.00, Greater London





Curious about hacking and interested in learning skills for a career in Cybersecurity?
Then this could be the event for you! CF: G have teamed up with Cybersecurity ChallengeThe National Museum of Computing and OWASP experts to teach you the basics of ethical hacking in just one day!

 As if that wasn't enough, we'll also squeeze in a tour of the Bletchley Park Museum and have some Cybersecurity experts join us for a lunch and learn session.

This is a CF: G Masterclass not to miss! More information and registration here.

 

Hack Your Career with Accenture
Thursday 22nd September, London


We’ve teamed up with Accenture to run an amazing panel and speed networking Hack Your Career event. You'll get the unique chance to speak with Accenture experts working in technology, to help you learn more about the many exciting career opportunities available at Accenture.
 

Sounds good? Click here for more information & to apply for your place. 

CF: G Annual Conference 2016
Saturday 12th November, London




Save the date - our annual conference is coming!  We're now finalising our speakers for what is set to be another amazing day of 150+ CF:G community members, speakers & companies. We've got a jam packed agenda with exciting panels, technical talks, a careers & games room, & much much more! Have a peek at this year's agenda here.

Want to support the conference? We're now looking for conference sponsors, full information here. Do spread the word!

CF: G Autumn Pros course applications open!
Mondays, October 17th - December 5th, London


The CF: G team are super excited to launch our fourth Code First: Professionals course! Following the amazing success of the last CF: Pros course this summer, we are launching a new course to kick off in October!

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. More info on our website here: Code First: Professionals

Courses

Autumn/Winter Courses!



We've just opened applications for six of our Autumn/Winter courses! If you're a student at Sheffield, Oxford, Bath, LSE or Dublin Institute of Technology, spread the word and get applying!

If applications for the course at your university aren't yet open, you can register your interest using the form on the same page here. You'll then be emailed when the application form for that course is live.


Keep an eye on our websiteTwitter & Facebook page as we'll be opening more courses very soon!

A Call for Instructors!



We are currently looking for instructors on the following CF: G community courses: Bath, Bristol, Warwick and Liverpool. If anyone is interested in these roles, do let us know!

We'd love to have you join the CF:G volunteer team. Whether you work at a uni STEM department, local company or even if you've done a course and want to consolidate your learning, then get in touch

You can read more about the role here, and see some of our current instructors on our newly updated Meet the Instructors page.

CF: G Alumni we want YOU!



Have you done a CF: G course, now hooked on coding and looking for your next challenge? Calling all past CF: G alumni: we want you to apply to join our AW 2016 courses as Assistant Instructors!  This is a great experience to further build on your tech skills and mentor the next cohort of tech savvy CF: G students.  

If this sounds like a challenge you'd like to accept, then register your interest here.

Instructor Hack Day



We've been working hard with our amazing  CF: G curriculum leads to make improvements to our course curriculums. An enormous thanks to everyone who joined us for the past two Instructor Hack days this summer.

Events We're Supporting

Women of Silicon Roundabout Conference
27th October, London


Women of Silicon Roundabout Conference is back this Autumn! Check out the jam packed agenda of inspiring speakers and workshops on some of the most exciting topics in tech right now. 

Not only is there an incredible line up, but as our lovely CF: G community you get a whopping 20% discount off the usual registration cost. Type in the CF: G discount code "CFG20" to claim your discounted pass price here.

Stylist Live
13th-16th October, London
   

Need some Autumn inspiration? Free on October 13th – 16th? Then get your tickets for this Autumn's Stylist Live festival!

There's an amazing schedule of over 150 inspiring talks and workshops, not to mention the 100+ boutique pop-ups and free pampering given to every guest. As if that wasn't enough reason to grab your tickets, CF:G will also be returning to run Coding Masterclasses - do come say hi!

Click here for the full line up and tickets. We hope to see many of you there!

Free Ticket Giveaway!

The SheHive
August 18th-21st, London



      
The SheHive, brought to you by She Leads Africa, is coming to London from the 18th-21st August.

Hosted at Facebook offices, #SheHiveLondon is a 4 day boot camp which brings together young female professionals and entrepreneurs to learn new business skills and connect directly with potential mentors and investors. SheHive London also aims to provide a space for young ambitious women to showcase their brand network with their peers. Find more information about SheHive London here.

CF: G are delighted to offer 2 FREE day passes for this event! Keen to enter the ticket raffle? Then fill out this form by Monday 8th August!

 

Blog posts...

Q&A with Michaela Jeffrey-Morrison, Maddox Events


      
This month the CF:G team got to speak to the awesome Michaela Jeffery-Morrison, who is the Co-founder and Head of Production at Maddox Events, but also the planning brain behind the amazing Women of Silicon Roundabout conference!

Read here for the full blog post.

Congratulations to...

Members of our community doing amazing things:


Katie New
Now... Web Development Intern at Varn!

Katie completed the University of Exeter CF:G Beginners course which inspired her to consider a career in Web Development. She is currently working as an intern at Varn, helping to build and maintain websites using the coding skills she developed. Katie will be starting as a CF:G instructor in the Autumn and hopes to get a job in Web or App Development when she graduates. 

Members of our community doing amazing things:


Beverley Newing
Now... Web Development Intern at Zooniverse!

Beverley, former Programmes Associate at Code First: Girls, is moving to Zooniverse this August. Zooniverse are an online platform for collaborative volunteer research, and are based in the Physics department of the University of Oxford. She's excited about the opportunity, but will miss working with all of the lovely community at CF:G on a daily basis very much!

Members of our community doing amazing things:


Beth Cartmell
Now... Digital Marketing Executive at Ambassador Theatre Group

"It's taken a few months to get signed off but I've successfully pitched for a new position with coding included in my company and it's been officially approved!!

It speaks so much for your courses that I've not only gained new skills but I've been able to turn it into a new position. It's more than just the classes (which are ace of course) but the networking and inspirational speakers.

I honestly can't thank you all enough - teachers, course co-ordinators and fellow students alike. I'm so lucky to be part of the community and I can say for a fact that I wouldn't have started looking at tech without CFG."

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 info@codefirstgirls.org.uk, and we'll be picking out the best to profile in the next newsletter.
 

Opportunities
CF:G Jobs Blog

Each month companies submit vacancies to our jobs board, and each month, we feature a select few below. To view the full selection and apply, visit the 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!

 
Junior Software Engineer

Looking for an entry level junior dev role where no computer science degree necessary?  Interested in building a web app? Have knowledge of several programming languages and how to use SQL? Then apply to this role! Great opportunity for those who have been working on coding in their spare time and looking for their first dev role. 


UX Designer



Money Farm are looking for an experienced UX designer to join their team. The successful applicant will be working with Project Managers, UX researchers, Visual Designers and Engineers.  They'll also have a keen interest in helping people enjoy managing their money. 


To view the full selection of jobs and see more information about these roles, check out our jobs blog


Volunteering Vacancies at Three Rings CIC

Looking for tech volunteering opportunities? Interested in non-profits, helplines and charities?  Three Rings are currently looking to take on volunteers! Roles are in the following areas: documentation, tech support, developers and also testers! More information here.

Three Rings CIC is the non-profit organisation that created and maintains the volunteer management system that supports over half the Samaritans branches in the country, most Nightline branches, lots of Community Libraries and many other voluntary organisations and charities. It's a fantastic organisation to volunteer for, with a really lovely team. You can read Beverley's blog (former Programmes Associate)' on why she volunteers with them here.


Can you help Secco hack the meaning of money?

Secco is an early stage technology start-up. Their disruptive mission is to redefine and unlock true value in society. They have a vision of a world where your worth is the contents of your character not the contents of your wallet.

They are looking for people with a passion for technology, image & social change to test their prototype. They're hosting a couple of small interactive face-to-face sessions in late August/early September at ThoughtWorks office in Soho London and invite you to join them to shape Secco! Come as a group, bring a friend or simply rock up by yourself and be part of disruptive innovation in the flesh!


Want to get involved? To find out more & secure your invite please contact Vicky on: vicky.barton@seccobank.com


Mentors & Speakers sought for Ada's College

Ada, the National College for Digital Skills are looking for tech mentors and speakers to inspire their sixth form students and higher level apprentices. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in inspiring the next generation of tech talent! 

Keen to share your skills? Then fill in the volunteer survey here


We hope to see you soon!


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