Meet our 500th Girl Coder: Caroline!

carolineWow, this week started with another great milestone for us: we got to welcome our 500th Girl Coder on Meetup: Caroline! And since our last interview with our 400th member Tina was so well received, we would now love to celebrate this milestone with you by introducing Caroline too!

Caroline is from France and when she doesn’t eat sausages, she drinks beers in all the wonderful and chill bars Amsterdam has to offer. She also likes to attend exhibitions, talks and events and loves to socialize in general.

Why did you want to join our group?
I joined the page ’cause I’ve always been interested in coding. I learned the basics at school, but I’d love to learn more in order to give another dimension to my own work. Without coding I currently feel restricted.

So, what do you do?
I’m a graphic designer mainly specialized in identity, web and print. I actually just stopped working for a fashion brand, so now I’m back on the market! I’m looking for a job in a graphic design agency or maybe in a fashion company again. I’m down for both as long as they’re interesting! Also, I’m passionate about patterns, which I design in my spare time.

Oh, do tell more!
I like doing weird black and white patterns, digital art, screen printing, handwritten typography or working with leather. The patterns I’m making are an on-going project. For now I’m thinking about making a series and printing them, then make a little tiny exhibition in a café somewhere or sell them through some concept stores. I still need to figure that out. Maybe it would be great to animate them as well. That’s where the desire to code comes in. I do experimental/digital work which I would love to animate with code.

What coding languages would you like to learn?
I learned a little HTML and CSS at school, and now I’d love to dive deeper into these languages related to animation. I would also like to learn Java and WebGL for example.

Do you have a game plan to learn these languages?
A game plan? Yes, I need one! There is always the way of learning online. But I think it’s way more motivating to learn in a group with a real person teaching. I still need to find this somewhere. You can of course find a lot of basic courses online like that, but when it comes to basic+ / medium level I’m still wondering where I could find good ones.

You say coding will add to your graphic designing. Let’s turn it around: do you have tips for Girl Coders who want to learn more about graphic design next to their coding?
Nowadays more than ever these two professions are getting really close and we work together more and more. So the good thing is that you can always ask someone around you for advice! A tip from me: to learn graphic design is to start on paper. Make a little sketch, think about the current problem you’re trying to solve and what you want to communicate. When your analysis is complete, it’s super easy to start designing something that makes sense. Experiment as well! Open your design software without any ideas in mind and… Play around!

Do you have anything random you still want to share :-)?
I’m looking forward to attending my first meetup of Girl Code. We go girls!

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And we’re looking forward to meet you IRL as well, Caroline. Will you bring the sausages? ;-)

If someone has tips for Caroline where to start learning the languages she would like to learn. Send her a message on Meetup or make sure you’ll catch her at one of our next events!

On to the 600th!

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Meet our 400th Girl Coder: Tina!

TinaYay! Last Wednesday we did a little dance of joy. Our Girl Code, started only 1.5 years ago, welcomed it’s 400th member on Meetup. It was Tina! To welcome her and celebrate this little milestone we thought it would be fun to do a little interview and introduce you all to Tina :-)

Tina finished her Media and Communication studies at the Faculty of Humanities in Koper, Slovenia and is now working at a media production and distribution company in Amsterdam. Her favorite game is Super Mario 64 and eager and passionate to learn coding she joined our group.

What inspired you to want to learn coding?

One of the reasons is the universality of the language and creativity that supports it. Also, I believe women/girls/ladies who code are braking into stereotyped men’s territory, which adds to my interest to the playground. Another reason is because I simply adore my ThinkPad and I might watched Mr.Robot a little bit too much recently.

Which languages are you most interested in?
JavaScript at the moment. But I will try to learn jQuery, Ruby and Python also.

Did you already start?
Yes, I started two years ago with HTML and CSS via Codecademy. Now I upgraded to JavaScript and I still use Codacademy because it’s very user friendly!

What are you doing in your daily life?
Working in the office (nothing connected to programming, unfortunately), wandering, partying and cycling around Amsterdam, listening to music at least 9 hours per day, doing interviews with music artists, volunteering at community dinners, sporting as much as my computer lets me, dancing around my room and trying not to eat all the cookies at once.

What will you do when you learned how to code?
Celebrate. It will be probably a bottle of Rose or Cabernet Sauvignon. Then I might send my requests to some companies and upgrade my employment status.

If you had all the skills you can imagine what would you build?
I am not completely sure what all these languages can build yet. But I am definitely more interested in software than web development.

Do you have anything you want to say to inspire other Girl Coders?
Girls, we run this world!

Do you have advice for girls still hesitating to make the step to learn coding?
To keep it simple: try not just coding, but everything that you can. Life is too
short to hesitate. It might not be your cup of tea, but at least you tried. And it might fit you like a glove, you never know!

cookie-monsterDo you have anything random you still want to share :-)?
I cancelled my Friday plans and rather stayed home, because I had a coding class in the morning (Saturday Morning Coding Amsterdam). And I ate all the cookies at once, of course.


With love, Tina<3

Want to meet and eat cookies with Tina IRL? She will be at our next meetup. So RSVP to Building a Ducky Shooter Game: Girl Code meets JavaScript at NYCDA if you haven’t already. On to the 500th!

Workshop Photon Particle: Girl Code meets IOT

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Because of the enthusiastic reactions to the talks about IOT at our last Meetup in August, our September Meetup last Friday at Q42 was all about connecting our own ‘Things’ to the internet ourselves. For this hands-on workshop we’ve picked the Particle Photon Starter Kit as our ‘Thing’. And because it comes with a built-in WiFi module everybody was online in no time, building their own apps with the LED and photocell. Afterwards they took it home to keep on building the wild ideas they made up during the workshop.

As always time flies when you’re coding with other Girl Coders, so it was hard to stop when the evening was over. Several Girl Coders are hungry for more coding with their Photons in the good company of some fellow Girl Coders. If you’re too let us know you’re interested in a casual Photon evening somewhere with WiFi, so we can pick a date and a place!

Girl Code meets IOT

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Internet of Things has become increasingly ubiquitous in our daily lives. Your thermostat is controlling the temperature based on your behavior, your smoke detector warns you through your lights in case of a fire and in the near future you’ll be buying your smart-by-itself-ordering-new-coffee-beans-when-you’re-out-coffee-machine right at the Media Markt.

IOT makes our daily lives easier and offers fun opportunities for us coders. Beyond coding apps and websites, you can bring your coding into the real world even more when you do something with IOT. Think of world-saving drones, but also of fun little projects like building a connected dress.

Last Wednesday it was finally time for our meetup at Q42 Amsterdam dedicated to IOT in preparation for an IOT workshop Kristin wants to give for quite a while now (read: at least a year). And because everybody was as excited about the topic as we are, this long-anticipated IOT workshop will be next! Keep an eye on our Meetup group, Facebook and Twitter to make sure you will be part of it.

We had a blast and want to thank you all again for coming and making Girl Code such a success. Below the slides of all of the talks. See you at the next one!

An intro on IOT – Ineke Scheffers

How neural networks can make a drone your next best friend – Tessie Hartjes and Iris Huijben of Blue Jay Eindhoven

Hooli: Building a Connected Hoola Hoop – Katja Hollaar

LoRa, IOT-projects and a poll – Kristin Rieping

Find Kristin’s slides on LessonUp

GCP NEXT World Tour: Girl Code meets Google Vision API

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Our 7th Girl Code event is a wrap! Google was in Amsterdam with GCP Next World Tour and so we hijacked Girl Googler: Sara Robinson! Sara first talked about everything what you can make Google’s Vision API do and more importantly: how. It wouldn’t be Girl Code without some coding, so after Sara’s talk it was time to open our laptops and play with it a little ourselves. We concluded the workshop with some brainstorming where the consensus seemed to be that we have to do something with Tinder and the Vision API… Very curious about those apps ;-)!

Thank you all again for coming and see you at the next one! Join us here to stay in the loop!

Techionista’s allereerste Toekomst Café

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Afgelopen dinsdag was het zover. Techionista‘s allereerste Toekomst Café bij Uber. Mannen waren natuurlijk ook welkom, maar de zaal werd gedomineerd door het sterkere, mooiere en vooral slimmere geslacht. Hell yes! En wanneer je het zonnige terras had ingewisseld voor het Toekomst Café, werd je goed beloond met vier zeer inspirerende praatjes van vier zeer inspirerende vrouwen in de tech.

De avond werd afgetrapt met een praatje van Suzanne Flinkenflögel over Mars One (kom daar nog maar eens overheen!). Hierna inspireerde Anouska Post van Salesforce iedereen de tech in te gaan. Rebecca van der Ven van Team Bluejay van TU Eindhoven kwam vertellen over hun ‘domestic drone’. En als laatst was Manon de Vries, voormalig ethical hacker, met een wake up call op het gebied van security en privacy.

Het was een top avond en iedereen bleef lekker lang plakken bij de borrel. Ik vond het supertof dat ik er bij mocht zijn om te helpen. Houd Techionista’s meetup pagina in de gaten voor het volgende event.

Smart Life: Nederlands’ eerste Computational Thinking lesprogramma door Blink, CodeUur en Q42

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Blink staat bekend om vernieuwende, digitale lesmethodes voor het voortgezet en basisonderwijs, waarbij het bereiken van de leerling het uitgangspunt is. Als medeoprichter van CodeUur hebben wij met ons streven om alle kinderen te leren programmeren, net zo’n doel. Daarom sloegen we de handen ineen om samen met Blink en CodeUur het nieuwe lesprogramma ‘Smart Life’ te ontwikkelen. En vandaag is het startsein gegeven door niemand minder dan Zijne Koninklijke Hoogheid prins Constantijn!

Het doel van het lesprogramma is het stimuleren van digitale vaardigheden, ‘Computational Thinking’ en programmeren bij leerlingen op basisscholen. In ‘Smart Life’ doen zij vijf weken lang een programmeerproject met de klas. In les één maken zij kennis met ‘Smart Life’, in de tweede les wordt er al geprogrammeerd en in de derde les is het tijd om het digiboard te hacken. Niet gevreesd, lieve leraren. Dit kan alleen als jij hiervoor een eenvoudige aanpassing hebt gedaan.

Master Lukas

Master Lukas geeft de lessen: je hoeft als leraar dus niet per se zelf te kunnen programmeren. In het lesprogramma vraagt hij namens Q42 advies aan alle kinderen over smart life en smart houses. Hoe kan hun leven slimmer worden met behulp van technologie, computers en programmeren, en hoe zouden wij daar als Q op in kunnen spelen? In de vijf lessen maken de kinderen kennis met onze enige echte eigen Master Lukas en leren zij over smart life, programmeren en de slimme apparaten die nodig zijn om hun ideeën uit te kunnen voeren. Daarna ontwikkelen ze met hun klas een ontwerp en sturen dat op. Het beste en meest creatieve idee wint een excursie naar ons kantoor, waar ze workshops zullen krijgen over smart life.

CT3000

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Tijdens de vijf lessen leer je programmeren met de programmeer-tool CT3000 die we speciaal voor dit lesprogramma hebben ontwikkeld. De tool introduceert veel concepten die je bij “echt” programmeren ook gebruikt. De status van voorwerpen wordt weerspiegeld onderin het scherm. Aanpassingen aan de code worden direct weergegeven in het preview gedeelte rechts in beeld. En je maakt ook gebruik van externe systemen als je de muziek op 3FM of Jazz zet!

Maar het belangrijkste is dat de kinderen zien dat programmeren je super powers geeft. Bedenk iets, en je kunt het zelf programmeren! Het lesprogramma wordt gratis aangeboden via de website van Blink. Waar wacht je nog op?