Last month, Google offered vouchers to Code School to any women and minorities interested in learning how to code. I applied, because why not? I could use the skills to better my brand and mission.
Today, I received an email informing me that demand had been high and I would not be one of the people selected. Bu this is a good thing! Women want to learn to code! The demand is high when barriers, like price, are removed.
While it's disappointing that I won't be receiving free training, they included some wonderful resources that I'd like to share with you. I'm including the full text of the email below. Enjoy the resources!
Thanks for your interest in the Code School learning opportunity sponsored by Women Techmakers. There has been a high demand for our limited number of Code School codes, and unfortunately we are unable to allocate one for you. However, we encourage you to explore Code School for two free days with their Hall Pass initiative. We also recommend the free resources below from some of our favorite online learning resources. All of these resources are free, self-paced, and are great for all levels of experience.
We also encourage you to join online and offline communities that can help you practice the skills you’ve learned, and will provide a supportive community while you pursue your areas of interest:
Google Developer Groups - In-person, local meetups for developers who are interested in Google’s developer technologies like Android, Google Cloud Platform, Chrome/HTML5, Google Maps API, and more. (533 chapters across 103 countries).
Women Techmakers - Inspiration, community, and collaboration for women making an impact through technology.
Girl Develop It - Empowering women of diverse backgrounds from around the world to learn how to develop software (29 chapters across North America).
Women Who Code - Is a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers (41 chapters across 13 countries).
Pyladies - A group of women developers worldwide who love the Python programming language (27 chapters across 12 countries).
Thank you again for your interest in learning with Google,
-The Women Techmakers team
Last week, Young Professionals in Energy Bay Area hosted a wonderful panel on Building a Software Business in Smart Grid at Morrison & Foerster.
The takeaways were:
1. Say no to VCs - since they'll be after you each quarter about performance
2. Don't try and sell to utilities - Utilities are slow moving and dependent on the regulatory cycle.
3. IT will torpedo your idea - Convincing the IT department of any company is crucial.
4. Go overseas - Markets overseas can be more open to smart gird technology because electricity is more expensive or countries are building out their grid for the first time.
Thank you to all the panelists and YPE for putting on the event. It was part of a 3-event series, so see you at the next one!
Connectomatic - a rolodex for today
I spent this weekend building a team and a mock up for Connectomatic. Check it out on AngelList below. A BIG thank you to Startup Weekend!
Stay in touch. I send out an email once in awhile.