Tech Talk: Female-Focused Computer Programming Organization Hackbright Academy Expanding

December 10, 2012  |  

Hackbright Academy, a programming training program just for women in San Francisco, is hoping to expand in 2013 and is currently accepting applications for its next class, which starts March 4. Applications are due January 15.

So far, Hackbright has graduated two classes of women: the first with 12 and the second with 16. Eight of the 12 members of the first class immediately started looking for employment and all received offers, TechCrunch reported.

At first, students learn coding basics, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, and more, and then the students work on personal projects for the second half of the class. The program, which costs $7,500, also includes guest lectures and networking with startups and companies in San Francisco. For students who immediately get new jobs, Hackbright will refund their fee. And the female-only atmosphere was beneficial to the participants.

“Once I got in, I noticed a difference for myself because I’m kind of quiet,” Zoe Kay, part of Hackbright’s first class, told TechCrunch. “I like to be really sure of my ideas before I talk about them. It’s not like all women are like that, or that men aren’t like that, but I find that there are a lot of similarities between women. So it was a really supportive environment. We had really good rapport.”

Hackbright Academy hopes to expand by bringing in more students and instructors, as well as looking into running the program in other cities. What do you think? Is this something you’d be interested in?

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