A curated list of awesome inclusive events/projects/initiatives for women in the tech area.
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ClojureBridge aims to increase diversity within the Clojure community by offering free, beginner-friendly Clojure programming workshops for women.
Monthly salon night in over 200 cities for designers identifying as female with occasional crossover coding events.
Duchess is a global organization for women in Java technology with members in over 60 countries. Duchess provides a platform through which women who work with Java can connect with each other and get more involved in the Java community.
Js4Girls - Loc: - Lang: PT-BR only
JsLadies BR - Loc: - Lang: PT-BR only
Node Girls runs free 1 day Node.js workshops. They provide a friendly environment for women who are learning to code, supported by a community of experienced female mentors.
An inclusive, global user-group providing a support network within the PHP community.
Free Python and Django workshops, they also create open-source online tutorials and curate amazing first experiences with technology.
An international mentorship group with a focus on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community.
R-Ladies is a worldwide organization whose mission is to promote Gender Diversity in the R community.
R-Ladies São Paulo - Brazil- Loc:)
Workshops are a free and fun way to get started or level up with Rails, Ruby, and other web technologies. Our events focus on increasing diversity in tech so that people of all backgrounds can feel welcome and comfortable in our industry.
RailsGirls is a multinational community which provides tools for girls and women to build their ideas.
Rails Girls Summer of Code is a global fellowship program for women and non-binary coders. Students receive a three-month scholarship to work on existing Open Source projects and expand their skill set.
Hexagon aims to build a supportive community that fosters diversity, support, empowerment, and mentorship for women. The first Hexagon UX event was held at Google HQ in October 2013, where attendees created “story cards” that represented themselves or their journey into UX.
Ladies that UX is a monthly meetup that creates a welcoming, transparent community of women who work in UX, who positively promote and teach each other.
Ada Lovelace Day, a yearly holiday held on the second Tuesday in the month of October, is an international holiday to celebrate women in STEM fields. It is a day to celebrate contributions made in STEM fields by women, and to encourage other women to pursue those fields by raising awareness of those contributions. There is a main event, held in London, England, but anyone can celebrate ALD by organizing an event or sharing their own story online.
AnitaB.org is a social enterprise founded by Anita Borg that supports women in technical fields, as well as the organisations that employ them and the academic institutions training the next generation. Their GitHub projects are very beginner friendly for anyone interested in getting started on open source projects (lots of first timer issues).
Anitas - Loc:
Anitas is a group of women engaged with female empowerment in the fields of technology and entrepreneurship, based on the exchange of ideias, knowledge and experience. In order to do so, Anitas organize courses, workshops, talks, and also participate of initiatives which aim at including women in technology and entrepreneurship.
Sponsored dinners in San Francisco where the women coming from all over are invited to share their experiences, alongside prominent speakers from the female tech communities. The events also offer networking and potential recruiting by the sponsoring company. It has been hosted by 100+ companies and has several events per month.
Byte Girl - Loc: - Lang: PT-BR only
Byte Girl is a nonprofit, open event organized by volunteers focused on females who like tech. Its goal is to empower women via talks from professionals who share valuable knowledge and experiences in technology.
Byte Hacks - Loc:
ByteHacks is a 24-hour hackathon on September 1st and 2nd at Thoughtworks NYC that encourages women of all ages and skillsets to form teams and create tech projects that have positive social impact. The hackathon will have workshops, tech talks, mentors, sponsors, and free food. Whether you are a designer, entrepreneur, artist, or coder, ByteHacks welcomes you. We even have a keynote from Limor Fried, founder and CEO of Adafruit.
Code Girl - Loc: - Lang: PT-BR only
Code Girl is an event featuring motivational talks about overcoming challenges faced by women who work in the technology industry. The event features female speakers who aim to inspire women in the industry.
Czechitas – Loc:
Czechitas is a nonprofit organization based in the Czech Republic which organizes events, courses, and summer camps to help women, girls and children to explore the world of IT. The events cover topics from programming, web development, graphic design, digital marketing, and data analytics.
- Geek Girls Carrots – Loc:
Geek Girls Carrots is a global grassroots organisation focused on women in tech and female entrepreneurs. Carrots change the current situation in the IT industry by increasing women’s participation in new technologies. Diversity within teams contributes to boosting innovation and better economic results for the companies. GGC create an international community, by continuous group support, mutual motivation and a friendly environment for personal growth.
Girls4Tech - Loc: - Lang: PT-BR only
Girls 4 Tech is an online programming course, totally free and made by women. The language is accessible, does not require previous knowledge and is open for everyone.
League of Women Coders (formerly Ladies Who Code, est. June 2011) is a meetup that focuses on coding, hacking, and learning collaboratively. The group meets up at least once a month in New York City and Boston. The meetups focus on talks, technical questions and ideation, and occasionally feature female speakers.
RodAda Hacker - Loc: - Lang: PT-BR only
The RodAda Hacker is a Brazilian network that provides collaborative workshops of programming specially designed for girls and women. It is a space for those who want to dream, build awesome projects and rethink about existing technology.
Tech Ladies Brasil - Loc:
The Tech Ladies Brasil network is a space driven by women who dedicate their time through volunteer work for the exchange of knowledge, professional advancement, personal development and appreciation of women. We hold workshops and an annual event, From Ladies To Ladies, that bring three fronts: lectures, workshops and round tables; discuss topics aligned with the purpose of Tech Ladies Brazil, women's empowerment in technology.
The global technology entrepreneurship program for girls. Students work in teams to develop mobile app startups to solve real problems in their communities.
Women of Silicon Roundabout - Loc:
Women of Silicon Roundabout enables people and organisations to connect, learn and take action on gender diversity and inclusion. We do not shy away from controversy and we look to open people's minds to new ideas by pushing boundaries. Through inspirational keynotes, panel discussions on business strategy, technical classes, and career development workshops, this conference provides all the content and networking opportunities needed to flourish in the tech sector.
- Women Who Code - Loc:
Women Who Code (WWCode) is a U.S. based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. WWCpde connects amazing women with other like minded amazing women around the globe who unite under one simple notion – the world of technology is much better with women in it.
Wonder Women Tech’s mission is to highlight, celebrate and educate women and the underrepresented in STEM industries. Conferences events and workshops bring together changemakers, pioneers, innovators, high-level speakers and attendees to explore ideas, discussions, and solutions for women and the underrepresented to succeed and thrive.
Initiatives that have the goal to prepare women for a tech career.
Projects that have any kind of Academy/Summer Camp in its activities.
The Association for Computing Machinery's Women in Computing Program supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.
A year-long tuition-free intensive program for women transitioning into software development. One of the most comprehensive developer training programs available: seven months of full-time classroom instruction plus five months of on-the-ground training (similar to an internship).
App Camp For Girls is a place where girls can put their creative powers to work by designing and building apps, while learning more about the business of software and being inspired by women mentors in the field.
The focus of Black Girls Code is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.
BlackHoodie is a free, women only reverse engineering workshop. The motivation behind this workshop is to give female engineers the prospect of a comfortable learning environment. Mostly the topic is complex and comes with a steep learning curve which often demotivates students in the beginning. Thus the idea to host events which would support one of infosec’s minorities, the ladies.
Chicas Poderosas is a community working to bring Latina women in the Americas into the forefront of digital journalism. Through events, meetups and mentoring, Chicas aims to engage more women in developing news applications, producing interactive content, and integrating new tools into their newsrooms.
Code First Girl - Loc:
Code First Girl runs free part-time coding courses for young women across the UK, from St Andrews to Southampton. Most courses are run as University chapters, with graduate courses run in London.
DigiGirlz Day is a Microsoft-sponsored, one-day event designed to provide middle and high school girls with a better understanding of career opportunities. This opportunity offers attendees career planning assistance, exercises, and Microsoft product demonstrations -- all while interacting with real Microsoft employees and managers. Previously, this event has taken place across the globe at Microsoft locations like Nashville, TN; San Diego, CA; and Cairo, Egypt, with future sites listed.
DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ interest and success in technology, engineering and making through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships. DIY Girls develops and implements educational programs and events designed to encourage engagement with technology, promote self-confidence and support aspiration to technical careers.
Girl Develop It - Loc:
Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable programs for adult women interested in learning web and software development in a judgment-free environment.
- Girls Can Code - Loc:
The Girls Can Code is an internship that takes place in 3 different cities and is the perfect opportunity to meet other girls motivated by the programming and to progress together, each at its own pace. The internship will include programming exercises and some lectures given by women working in computer science.
GIT is a global nonprofit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Our aim is to accelerate the growth of innovative women who are entering into the high-tech industry and building successful startups.
Girls Teaching Girls to Code is a program that connects women pursuing Computer Science and Engineering degrees with high school girls who want to learn and apply their new skills to CS-related projects. GTC has an immersive annual Code Camp as well as smaller events like workshops and office tours throughout the year.
We are a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors.The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program is a 7-week intensive computer science course that embeds classrooms in technology companies and universities.
Hackbright Academy is the leading software engineering school for women founded in San Francisco in 2012. The academy graduates more female engineers than Stanford and UC Berkeley each year.
Ladies Learning Code - Loc:
We are a not-for-profit organization with the mission to be the leading resource for women and youth to become passionate builders - not just consumers - of technology by learning technical skills in a hands-on, social, and collaborative way.
- Minas Program - Loc:
The Minas Program offers a two-week introductory programming course in Avenida Paulista, São Paulo each summer. It includes 51 hours of training in 13 days, and is free. This course is open to all but specifically geared toward women who with less access to technical training.
We are a nonprofit dedicated to reducing — and, we hope, ultimately eliminating — the gender gap in technology occupations. We hold workshops and an annual entrepreneurial summer camp aimed at giving middle-school girls hands-on experience with different kinds of technology and enable them to interact with women who have carved out successful careers in technology fields.
WICS is a Stanford University student organization that promotes and supports women in CS and technology through networking and professionalization events. They have industry sponsorship from companies like Google, Oracle, and Facebook. The WICS website also regularly updates a list of events, conferences, and scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students (including non-Stanford affiliated students).
The Women's Technology Program at MIT is a a four-week summer program that introduces high school seniors to engineering and computer science. The program is aimed at empowering students from historically underrepresented and underserved communities as well as those who will be the first in their family to attend college.
Online chatrooms such as slack teams, gitter, IRC etc.
A community of Anita Borg Institute members. It provides a space to discuss and contribute towards Open Source projects, participate in events and discuss any aspect of technology.
A safe, confidential space for women who work in technology to chat and support each other.
Online communities and groups.
AspireIT is a National Center for Women and Information Technology education program and network for K-12 girls. The program connects nearly 700 programming and computer science organizations in schools in 45 US states, DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. AspireIT also offers student awards and local program development support for educators.
AWIS is a global network that inspires bold leadership, research, and solutions that advance women in STEM, spark innovation, promote organizational success and drive systemic change. In addition to their networking and career growth support they publish a magazine, offer scholarships and grants, and host events.
Built by Girls is an early career community supporting women and non-binary tech professionals. The group maintains a calendar of workshops, panels, office tours and networking events. The WAVE mentorship program matches participants with a different industry professional as an advisor every three months.
Chicago WomenTech is a Meetup group with over 4500 members for women in tech to collaborate and network in the Chicago area.
Code Girls - Loc: - Lang: Deutsch Only
An enthusiastic group of ladies with a focus on web-technologies who want to learn to code, need support in coding, or simply want to understand how the web is made. They meet regularly every two weeks. Everyone is welcome.
Codess is an international community for female coders initiated by Microsoft. Codess was established to explore ways to promote gender diversity in the engineering field. They offer networking events and mentorship opportunities for women in tech.
Lambda Ladies is an online community for anyone who identifies as a girl or woman and is interested in functional programming. Complete beginners are welcome.
Oracle WIT Community Group - a place to share experiences and mentor women in high tech roles. They share knowledge and technical resources and engage with other women throughout the Oracle technical community.
San Francisco Women in Tech is a Meetup group with over 3200 members for women in San Francisco and Silicon Valley to network and learn about new technologies and opportunities in a context that values diversity in the industry.
Women Hack for Non-Profits (WHFNP) is a volunteer community that enhances the skills of women in technology, supports their development and provides opportunities to explore open source. The group matches skilled women to open source projects that are being developed for non-profits, charities and individuals to create a positive social impact.
Conferences featuring talks, workshops, networking and other events.
Presented by ChickTech, ACT-W: Advancing the Careers of Technical Womxn is an action-packed conference where talented womxn and allies can build skills, grow their communities, and accelarate their career paths. All proceeds from the conference go towards ChickTech's programs providing local high school young womxn with STEM education and spreading ChickTech's reach to create a culture of inclusion for all.
AlterConf is a traveling conference series that provides safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who support them in the tech and gaming industries.
Ela Conf Loc:
A safe, inclusive tech leadership conference and community for adult (18+) women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people to connect with and empower one another.
A conference to inspire and connect women working in the tech industry. It offers interactive panels and deep-dive workshops, delivered by industry pioneers. Both men and women can attend to discuss issues relating to women in tech leadership, female founders, bridging the gender gap, non-technical women in tech and inspiring future generations of girls into the sector.
An annual conference organized by accelerator Y Combinator and targeted at female founders and entrepreneurs. The event features talks and panels, including sessions where female founders share their experiences and offer startup guidance.
The highlight of Girls in Tech Catalyst is inspiring keynotes from female leaders. The conference also offers attendees authentic networking opportunities, a platform to exchange ideas and connect with other inspiring women. We’ll be layering in meaningful workshops and evening fun, including a kick-off cocktail party.
This annual free event is the only conference for women in technology held around the globe offering complete access for everyone to attend and to participate physically or virtually removing all barriers to participation. Representatives present individually and collectively to discuss, collaborate and celebrate the contributions of technical women.
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. It is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and presented in partnership with ACM.
The Johnson Women in Technology Conference (JWiT) is organized by the students of the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Designed to attract students and professionals alike, the event features engrossing panel discussions, valuable networking events, a pre-revenue pitch competition and more.
Lesbians Who Tech is a Community of Queer Women in or around tech (and the people who love them).
The unConference for women geeks of all kinds to share, connect, network, learn, inspire and have lots of fun.
SheSharp - Loc:
A Greek community of people dedicated to promoting women's engagement with technology & science. Its main activities consist of free workshops, meetups open to anyone interested, as well as partnerships with other tech communities and local chapters of Thessaloniki.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. It promotes the annual conference for women engineers.
Tech Up for Women is a one-day event for the advancement of women in technology through education, resourcing and networking. The event will focus on new technological advances, cyber security and different financing avenues for startups and privately held companies. This event will provide resources and opportunities for women to improve their digital literacy and successfully compete and disrupt gender imbalance in work environments. The purpose of the event is to take the fear factor out of technology and empower women.
The mission of the Conference for Women is to promote, communicate and amplify the influence of women in the workplace and beyond. At the annual nonpartisan, nonprofit conferences, it brings together thousands of active professionals to connect, renew, and find inspiration in the community.
- We RISE - Loc:
We RISE is all about growing and showcasing women in technology. For two days, We RISE features women and allies doing amazing work from all over the world.
- WECode - Loc:
WECode is "the largest student-run Women in Computer Science conference, held at Harvard University each February. Our mission is to expand the skills, network, and community of technical women worldwide. We bring together women over the course of two amazing days to share ideas and conversations on technology and innovation." Live at https://live.cs50.net/wecode on February 27 and February 28.
WITI is the premier global organization helping tech-savvy women attain their professional goals. WITI organizes events and summits for women.
The Women in Tech Summit is a series of events that inspire, educate and connect women in the technology industry, from every level from students to senior executives. Events are held in Denver, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and Washington, D.C.
Female leaders from across the channel — management, sales, marketing, technology and operations — come together to learn from one another and build new relationships.
Organizers of the yearly Women Who Tech TeleSummit, with talks by women in technology, startups, and social media. Creators of the #Women2Follow hashtag on Twitter.
Write/Speak/Code is on a mission to empower women software developers to become thought leaders, conference speakers, and open source contributors. They run conferences and events across the US.
Collaboratives Spaces with hacker/maker culture for facility making, learning, exploring and sharing knowledge.
- Maria Lab - Loc:
It is a hackerspace/makerspace and is focused to teach and spread and technology with women's empowerment in a safety environment. Maria Lab promote diversity and union of the womens.
- Mothership HackerMoms - Loc:
It was the first all-women hackerspace, this space is located in Berkeley and have the goal to explore the culture hacker/maker and learn about entrepreneurship, design, DIY crafts all of that in hands-on workshops. Those workshops could be towards for moms of every gender or for the kids.
Projects where an open source organization is behind it.
The Debian Women project was founded in May 2004. We seek to balance and diversify the Debian Project by actively engaging with interested women and encouraging them to become more involved with Debian.
Fedora Women is a project designed to connect and assist women who are interested in using and contributing to Fedora.
KDE Women is a group of women in the KDE community. We are here to help increase the number of women in Open Source and to support each other.
It is a women-oriented Linux community. It is designed to provide both technical and social support for women Linux users, although men are encouraged to help and contribute.
The Ubuntu Women Project was founded in 2006 and aims to foster Women contributors and community involvement through mentoring and inspiration. The Ubuntu Women Team has many projects with which we attempt to boost the visibility of women within all areas of Ubuntu, and we invite you to help out.
Projects with mentoring opportunities.
- Chick Tech - Loc:
We facilitate hands-on technology-centric events to empower, support, and increase the confidence of women and girls. Through our events, we build community, empower participants to see themselves as leaders and provide networking and mentoring opportunities in the rapidly growing high-tech industry.
OS4W is a resource for connecting all women, including women of color and transgender women, to open source projects that are welcoming, inclusive, and appreciative of diversity in their contributors. The site features a directory for finding mentors and pair partners as well as a curated list of open source projects with codes of conduct.
It is a social enterprise that empowers women to make their mark on the technology industry. We believe that when women are equally represented in technology development, we accelerate innovation for those who need it most.
Honor. Celebrate. Inspire. We believe that open source is the future of technology—and that it's time to recognize the contributions women are making.
The Ada Awards are an initiative of the Digital Leadership Institute, a Brussels-based international NGO with a mission to bridge the gender gap and digital divide worldwide. The Awards aim to recognize outstanding girls and women in tech, and the organizations who support them in Europe, Africa and beyond.
- Code it Like a Girl - Loc:
Code it Like a Girl is a digital media collective that creates content intended to inspire people who self-identify as female to follow their dreams. From technology news and how-to’s to remarkable stories of people all around the world, articles on feminism or just whatever we feel like talking-writing-filming about, we’ll be sharing our POV on anything that can be proven empowering, valuable, informative or entertaining to our audience.
IGNITE features stories of women and girls who are leading and innovating in science, technology, engineering and math. The project also highlights the gender gap in technology and advocates for women and girls’ increased access to and control of technologies.
InspirAda na Computação - Loc: - Lang: PT-BR only
Collaborative blog to give voice to women in computing, science and technology. The blog aims to share content in order to inspire women to become interested in the tech area. It promotes the access to the tech knowledge and brings, as a result, the equality of opportunities.
Made with Code is an initiative launched by Google on 19 July 2014. Google's aim is to to empower young women in middle and high schools with computer programming skills. The website revolves around providing online activities for young girls to learn to code.
They aim to connect girls and women with the opportunity to have experience and make technology no matter which social class they're come from, their knowlodge or anything that is considered a limitation.
PrograMaria - Loc: - Lang: PT-BR only
PrograMaria is an initiative to involve more girls and women in the tech and programming area. The content production and events are produced under three pillars: Inspire, Discuss and Learn.
Google's global program providing visibility, community, & resources for women in technology. Provides resources to women starting their career and women with an established career in tech to further their success.
The Womoz Blog. Program updates and news from the women and Mozilla project.
Documentary about girls who code and develop app ideas for the Technovation Challenge address issues in their community and try to solve problems through the use of technology.
Meet five young women determined to pursue their start-up dreams. She Started It is a documentary by Nora Poggi and Insiyah Saeed following Stacey Ferreira, Thuy Truong, Brienne Ghafourifar, Sheena Allen and Agathe Molinar over the course of 2+ years, illuminating the ups and downs these entrepreneurs face in building new businesses.
The Documentary (12 min: TV-14 DL; Released April 1, 2013) introduces the world of technology by following the stories of smart, creative, and trailblazing good girls gone geek.
Lane is a hiring and job search platform created by Women 2.0. The focus is on women in tech and encouraging workplaces that care about making their companies more successful through inclusion.
Outreach Program for Women has been helping women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people get involved in free and open source software. It provides a supportive community for beginning to contribute anytime throughout the year and offers focused internship opportunities twice a year with a number of free software organizations.
Connecting women with jobs that actually lead to work-life balance. Specializing in remote work for women. In addition to job boards, it contains information about time-management, self-efficacy etc.
The Rewriting the Code Fellowship is a year-long program that provides the opportunity to intern in a top tech company across a variety of industries and gain essential personal and confidence-building skills needed to excel in the tech industry.
Women in Technology is a commercial organization committed to assisting suitably qualified and experienced women in their search for career opportunities in information technology.
The mission of CallbackWomen is to radically expand gender diversity at the podium of professional programmers' conferences. Call for proposals (CFPs) are shared via Twitter: https://twitter.com/callbackwomen.
Mulheres Palestrantes - Loc: - Lang: PT-BR only
Given the still small number of women speaking at events (especially technology) here in Brazil, a spreadsheet was created to give these women visibility and to encourage others to start. Mulheres Palestrantes is a project that keeps a list of women who talk about themes related to programming, design, entrepreneurship and technology in general, this project was born from trying to organize the data of the worksheet in a more visual, facilitating access, reducing duplication and facilitating research.
If you are trying to organize your own events, these resoures might help.
Ada Camp used to be a popular conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture, but it's no longer run. However, they have released all their guides and resources in the form the open source AdaCamp Toolkit for those who want to organize their own feminist conferences.
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