Microsoft Supports Global Call for Coders

By Yasmin Ranade
It’s a true pleasure to see the rise in popularity and effect of coding movements, like Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week, taking place this week, from December 8 until December 14. Hour of Code is a global movement designed to demystify code and show that anybody at any age can learn the basics of computer science.

Coding to Inspire: Learning through animation and music!

By Yasmin Ranade
With the second-annual Hour of Code campaign, a worldwide effort to broaden participation in computer science, especially by girls, about to launch next week, I was intrigued by two different stories about inspiring people to choose a profession in programming.

November 8 is National Girls Learning Code Day

By Christine Persaud

MasterCard has declared November 8 National Girls Learning Code Day in Canada, with plans to offer free coding classes across the country for girls and their parents. The global payments company is joining a growing list of firms shedding a spotlight on the lack of women in the technology field, and looking to change the situation through programs that target the younger generation.

Square Code Camp Encourages Young Women to Pursue Tech

By Christine Persaud
Square noticed a critical gender gap in the field of computer sciences, and is doing its part to help fill it with Code Camp, which encourages girls in high school and college to pursue careers in tech. The latest college camp, which accepts students from both Canada and the U.S., begins next January, and applications officially opened today.

Google’s Made With Code Inspires Young Girls

By Christine Persaud
We haven’t seen quite an effort to close the gender gap in the technology business like Google’s Made With Code. The company is using the program, launched this summer, to educate young girls about coding. And it’s no small feat: Google is investing $50 million over the next three years toward encouraging more female involvement in tech.

Wired Woman Society Mentorship Program Receives MicroSkills Partnership Excellence Award

by Yasmin Ranade

I’m thrilled to announce that Community MicroSkills Development Centre is honouring Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) and its Wired Woman Mentorship Program with its MicroSkills Partnership Excellence Award. MicroSkills, a multi-cultural,non-profit, community-based organization committed to assisting the unemployed, wired_woman_logois recognizing Wired Woman members for their dedication to mentoring women in its Information Technology programs and sustainable results.

You are hired! Canadian tech hiring experts discuss career strategies

By Yasmin Ranade

We all know that in order to get a job we need to “stand out” and show the employer the unique contribution that we can make. But just how is this done? How do we learn to do it? There’s no better way than to get advice from those with rich experience.