Female students at six of Britain's top universities will be able to take a free coding course this academic year designed to prepare them for the tech startup scene.
Code First: Girls will be available at Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics, University College London, Warwick, and Imperial College. The offering will be a condensed version of the program that was set up in 2012 as a nine-week, free, part-time course to get more women interested in coding, as well as contributing to technical discussions in high-tech businesses.
The first run of the course was a success, and focused on key skills involving Sinatra and Rails and Ruby, as well as using communities such as GitHub.
The course should make a big difference for young women who move on to startups, says Alice Bentinck, co-founder of startup accelerator scheme Entrepreneur First. "We find that more and more girls are coming to us with ideas, but they have no idea how to put them into practice," Bentinck notes.
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