PROMOTE & GROW AN INCLUSIVE TECH COMMUNITY
PROGRAMS FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
We will work with you work to deliver program infrastructure to support women in tech and startups – the social, community-based activities through which women can grow. Together we will offer support, experience and cohort-benefits to women in technology.
Develop women in your local technology ecosystem
We work to establish key connections, networks, collaborations, people and talent in your community. This includes supporting networking and informal meet-ups, identifying mentors and mentoring programs, running Hackathons to trial ideas and meet other founders.
We can also run masterclass sessions on a variety of topics for startups, intensive training bootcamps & workshops as well as pitchfest activities with your local business community.
Want to set up support in your community? Get in touch; we’d love to hear from you!
Bootcamps and Workshops
Bootcamps and workshops are intensive education sessions that test and challenge participants with a view to improvement in individual skills and career trajectories.
Women are able to gain rapid advice and feedback on their ideas, and access industry specialists. Bootcamps and workshops may be aimed at women at any career stage. Some will be helpful for those requiring basics – introducing participants to core concepts for launching their career.
Others may focus on women who have established careers and improve leadership and technical skills in targeted areas. Therefore, bootcamps and workshops form a useful part of a woman’s broader education.
Our bootcamps and workshops are usually run by established women in industry and key participants in the ecosystem, hence they are also useful forum to network and work collaboratively with other women.
Want to set up a bootcamp or workshop in your community? Get in touch; we’d love to hear from you!
Establish a mentoring program
Women usually require mentoring and advice at each stage of their career development. Depending upon the woman’s unique experiences, they will require support in different areas and at different times. Due to the diverse forms that mentoring takes, the process is continuous and is tailored depending upon each woman’s stage and needs.
We establish mentoring programs that are tailored to be helpful to women in your community. Our mentors:
- have developed interpersonal skills, are adaptable and understanding.
- offer varying specialisations across a range of industries
- come from a diverse range of backgrounds, allowing pooled experiences and a wide range of opinions.
- do not try to be decision makers for mentees, but instead challenge, question and provide guidance.
All mentors are supported by Girl Geek Academy and receive ongoing support and training to make sure they constantly provide valuable experiences for mentees.
Want to set up a mentoring program? Get in touch; we’d love to hear from you!
Start a local meetup
Meetups are helpful for women looking to connect with others in the ecosystem, so they can share experiences, provide peer support and perhaps collaborate on projects.
Women at all stages of career development may be interested in attending – earlier-career women may gain value from discussing and validating their ideas, whilst more established women in leadership may seek to maintain networks or recruit from their local ecosystem.
Meetups are key events for building the wider technology community and facilitate important connections and collaborations between women and their companies. They also help to upskill women in technical skills through topics of discussion.
Want to set up a meetup in your community? Get in touch; we’d love to hear from you!
Run a Hackathon
Hackathons encourage collaboration and quick testing of ideas. A hackathon is a workshop-style event usually over a couple of days, designed to form innovative solutions to a set challenge.
Girl Geek Academy frequently delivers their own hackathon program, #SheHacks: an all-women hackathon format designed to enable quick problem solving and to encourage collaboration between individuals of different backgrounds.
Running from Friday to Sunday, teams of 3-4 begin the ideation process, before iterating a product or solution on the Saturday and pitching on the Sunday. The program is fully supported by specialist mentors and recognises the diversity of skillsets of participants – creative, business, and technical.