Frequently Asked Questions

We love hearing from you, but before you reach out have a read of some of our FAQ’s below, we may have aleady answered your questions

Girl Geek Academy FAQ

  • When is your next program or workshop?

    We love that you’re excited about our programs! All our current events are listed on our homepage – if it’s not listed there, then we don’t have a date to announce. To hear the news first, fill in your details here and you’ll be the first to know.

  • Can you help me hire or find a coder/tech person/etc?

    It’s great that you’re looking for amazing women to join your team, but unfortunately we do not do recruitment work or share opportunities with our community as we do not have the resources to do appropriate due diligence. But we highly recommend getting in touch with the team at Work180.

  • How do I get into coding/tech? Or can you recommend a course?

    Amazing news!  We also don’t recommend specific courses because it’s a highly personal choice based on your goals, skills and current situation. Generally speaking, for coding & tech courses check out General Assembly, and for digital marketing we love Ntegrity Academy. Want a resource for your child? We use & love Code Studio.

  • How can I be a better ally? Or - I'm a man, how can I better support women?

    We LOVE that you are asking! There will be some resources produced later this year, but at the moment we highly recommend attending Tech Inclusion Melbourne in May 2019. It’s one of the best conferences on diversity & inclusion we’ve seen. Check it out & book tickets here.

  • Can you speak at my event?

    Our team love speaking at events, but with many requests we simply can’t say yes to them all. Priority will go to events with a speaker’s fee – while we appreciate that not every event has a budget for such, one of our core company values is encouraging women to be paid appropriately for their time & expertise and so we uphold that value for ourselves. If your event has this budget but you didn’t mention it in your email, hit reply to let us know.

    Want us to speak for free? There are a very limited number of pro bono engagements each of our team do each year and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Can you come to my school/office and run a program?

    Yes we can! We have a number of half- and full-day workshops ready to deliver, and prices start at $1500. If you need a custom program or any adjustments to our current offerings, there will be additional fees. If that sounds great, get in touch!

    Want us to run the program for free? Sometimes we are in the position to offer free workshops to schools and non-profit community groups thanks to the generosity of sponsors or government support. If this interests you click here to register your interest and we will be in touch if a suitable opportunity arises.

  • Can you sponsor or partner with us?

    Thanks for thinking of us! Our time is largely committed to our own programs.  If your offer aligns with our current roadmap, then we will be in touch.
    If we have not worked with your company before, you should expect to be asked about diversity & inclusion in policy as well as practice for both your event and your organisation.
    If you are looking for purely financial sponsorship our answer is usually a very polite no, sent with our best wishes. This is because we are very particular about ensuring our partnerships go beyond selling advertising spaces and logo placement, and are focused on growing something great together.
    We want to ensure we are the right partner for you and your goals and we can work together to teach one million women to build the internet by 2025.

  • I’d love to volunteer/get a job/do work experience with you.

    We’re so honoured! Currently we have a strict ‘no volunteers’ policy as it is a core value of Girl Geek Academy that women be paid for their time and expertise – however we also recognise that some women do have paid volunteer leave or other ways to get compensated for their time, so we are working on how we can bring that into our business. Stay tuned!

    Girl Geek Academy is a small team of remote employees, so we are not set up to take work experience placements but can sometimes refer you to companies that do (no promises though!). And as for paid employment, we are a small team and rarely recruit for more staff but it does happen from time to time!

    In any case – we will keep your info on file & reach out when we have any opportunities that may suit you.

    If you are still keen to volunteer, our friends at CSIRO would love to have you on their STEM Professionals in Schools program. Head to their website and check it out!

Miss Makes Code Holiday Workshops FAQ

  • What do I need to pack for my child?

    • iPad and charger
    • Pencil case
    • A packed lunch and snack, similar to their normal school lunch. Due to food allergy concerns, we do not provide any food to your child other than fruit and water

  • What do you provide?

    • Learning activities and games both on and off the iPad
    • Fruit
    • Water
    • Professional and accredited teachers and helpers

    The aim is to create diverse teams with a broad range of skills to enable the team to build something together during the event. If that sounds like you, come along!

  • What time should I drop my child off?

    Our class starts at 9am with drop off available from 8:30am. Pick up is available between 4:30pm and 5:00pm.
    Please allow time during drop off to complete and sign photography release and emergency contact forms.

  • What is the format of the day?

    We start the day with playtime while children arrive and settle in. From 9am we begin class, delving into the first coding concepts, before we have a break for a story and brain food. Next, hands-on practice with children pair coding on laptops, or individually on their iPad.  We strongly encourage teamwork and peer problem solving – just like in the classroom, and their future careers!

    Food and friendship is important, so we have a lunch break and learn more about each other before getting back learning in the afternoon. We have an additonal break in the afternoon and wrap up class around 4 or 4.30.

  • My child has never coded, can she attend?

    Yes! Your child will learn the basic coding concepts and can work through the program at her own pace on her own or with support from other participants.

  • What will she learn?

    Your child will learn the basic coding concepts and algorithmic thinking and apply them in multiple ways across different games, activities and group discussions. They will also be introduced to eSafety concepts to stay safe online.

  • Will my child be photographed?

    Your child may be photographed in the context of this event. As a world first, we often have media wanting to visit our team and take footage for newspaper and television. When dropping off your child we will provide you with a release form for both you and your child to sign.

  • How will my child access wifi?

    We will provide wifi access to your child and help them connect during the workshop.

  • Do we need to download any apps before attending?

    Not at all – our program uses a website so no apps are necessary and nothing will be installed.  But since we are using the browser, please check your bookmarks and browser history!

  • My child has attended a #MissMakesCode course before, can she attend?

    Yes! The coding concepts can be applied again and again, with more advanced coding exercises if their skills and interest are ready for the challenge!

  • Do you offer refunds?

    Due to the nature of our courses and the work that goes in to preparing for your child’s attendance, we cannot offer refunds if you are no longer able to attend.

  • What if I have more questions?

    Then you should get in touch – we would love to hear from you!

#SheHacks FAQ

  • What is #SheHacks?

    #SheHacks is Australia’s largest all-women hackathon – an 18+ event where you make new friends and build a startup together in a weekend. You will find cofounders and build an MVP – a Minimum Viable Product. You don’t have to be technical, but you do have to want to be awesome.

    #SheHacks is an initiative of Girl Geek Academy. You are invited to learn new skills, test new business ideas and meet new people to build the internet with.

    Unlike other hackathons, you don’t have to pitch to get started. Kicking off on a Friday night, you will be placed into teams of 3-4 and your ideas will come from those teams.

    You’ll eat awesome food, spend quality time getting to know other women doing amazing things with technology, and work together to bring something new to life.

    So work out whether you’re a hipster (designer), hacker (developer) or a hustler (marketer / communications / sales) and

  • I’m keen, but is it for me?

    Do you want to learn how to build a great business?

    Do you like making new female friends?

    Are cupcakes and really good tea your idea of a good time?

    #SheHacks was created especially for you. We took what was wrong with hackathons and flipped the model to create an enjoyable experience just for you. If you’re over 18, you’re invited!

    For many participants, this is their first foray into a hackathon, while others are serial entrepreneurs. There’s a whole range of talent in the room. Some teams have more business talent, and some teams have less. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, learn something, build something, and network with other amazing people in a meaningful way.

    The aim is to create diverse teams with a broad range of skills to enable the team to build something together during the event. If that sounds like you, come along!

  • Oh cool, how do I get started?

    Register for a bootcamp, where we will give you the skills and confidence to make the most of #SheHacks. We will also have online bootcamp if you can’t make it or there isn’t one in your area. Sign up and meet other women just like you who want to learn the skills needed to build a successful startup.

  • What is a hackathon?

    A hackathon is an event where diverse teams come together to create something, often with some code or software component. Our hackathons are an opportunity to connect and collaborate with women in a new team, structured as a weekend-long adventure in learning and creativity through technology.

  • What is Girl Geek Academy?

    Girl Geek Academy is a global movement with one big goal: make the digital world better by getting a million women involved by 2025.

    We do this through initiatives like #SheHacks, aiming to foster a love of science and technology among women. Our team and events work to assist women in gaining skills and experience in tech fields and support them in the workplace and beyond.

  • What do I need to bring?

    We recommend bringing a laptop, pens and notebook. Any other supplies are up to you!

  • What do I get for $99?

    Your $99 registration includes all #SheHacks workshops over the weekend, as well as refreshments and all activities. Every #SheHacks attendee will be invited to become a Girl Geek Academy member (valued at $99), and will gain access to all member benefits. Expect healthy and delicious food, opportunities to mingle, professional photography on Sunday and a few additional surprises.

    This #SheHacks experience is valued at over $599, and thanks to our supporting partners it’s available to you for the very special price of $99.

  • What is your inclusivity policy?

    Our events intend an inclusive definition of “Girl Geeks” – if you identify yourself as a woman, non-binary, or other gender minority, then you are welcome. In other words, if you feel like a Girl Geek, then #SheHacks is for you!

  • Who owns any code I write, or assets I make?

    You do, unless you’re using something that belongs to someone else.

  • I can’t code – can I still attend?

    Yes! In fact, a well-rounded team of different skill sets might just give you the advantage! Think Hipster (designer), Hacker (programmer) and Hustler (marketing and business – growth hacker).

  • What if my friends don’t want to come with me? I’m signing up on my own and I’m worried I won’t know anyone!

    Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone attending. Groups will be formed by #SheHacks organisers on the Friday night, there will be lots of time to mingle and get to know other attendees. Plus, we’re all a hoot so you’re going to have a blast!

  • How big are the teams?

    We have tested this many many times: teams of three or more work best. This number is large enough to have diverse skills (hacker, hustler, hipster) yet small enough to get to know your team members well in a short space of time.

  • What language can I code in?

    Anything you desire! But don’t try to learn a new language at #SheHacks – this is not the time for that. Go with what you know.

  • Do I need to have an idea already?

    Unlike other hackathons, you don’t have to pitch an idea – you will meet your team first, and talk about potential problems your team have the skills and ambition to solve. Together.

  • MOST IMPORTANT: What are we eating?

    We LOVE great food and say no to beer and pizza at Hackathons – it’s even written in our manifesto! We believe in great food and go out of our way to make sure we are a happy, healthy bunch of girl geeks. This means fruit, quality meals and catering for a range of dietary requirements.

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