Following a hugely popular Django Girls event at The National Museum of Computing in June, women living in and around Milton Keynes are invited to free introductory coding sessions in the home of Colossus on Tuesday evenings starting on 11 July 2017.
Organised by the founders of Django Girls MK and hosted by The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park, Girls Code Tuesday meet-ups are designed for women interested in learning how to code and thereby increase their career prospects.
The free-flowing workshops are designed for complete beginners in coding, who will be supported by experienced coaches who volunteer their time to teach the basics and help self-learners with resources. Career information showing the breadth of job opportunities will also be available.
Eva Dovc of Django Girls MK and Girls Code said: “Django Girls is a non-profit organisation with global reach. More than 10,000 women have attended events in 295 cities in 75 countries. MK participants will have the unique opportunity of learning to code in the home of Colossus, the first electronic computer! There was so much interest in our first MK event that we know there is enough interest to run a weekly series at The National Museum of Computing.
“We welcome all women of all ages and from all walks of life. Although women will have preference, men are also welcome and we are trans-inclusive. We are also interested in hearing from anyone who would like to help in the coaching.”
Jacqui Garrad of The National Museum of Computing said: “Fun combined with education is a prime aim of the museum, so we are thrilled to open our doors out-of-hours to local women. We have a track record of encouraging women in computing, so the request from Django Girls MK has been warmly welcomed. We think participants will be inspired by our displays about the often-understated role of women in computing across the decades.”
About The National Museum of Computing
The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.
The Museum runs a highly successful Learning Programme for schools and colleges and promotes introductions to computer coding amongst young people to inspire the next generation of computer scientists and engineers.
Sponsors of the Museum have included Bletchley Park Science and Innovation Centre, Bloomberg, CreateOnline, Ceravision, Fujitsu, InsightSoftware.com, Ocado Technology, FUZE, 4Links, Google UK, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, and BCS.
Outside the long school holidays, the whole Museum is open to the public from 12 noon - 5pm on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, spring and summer Bank Holidays and during long school holidays. The Colossus and Tunny galleries are open daily. Public and private Guided Tours are available and bookable online – see the website or the iPhone app for details. Educational and corporate group visits are available by prior arrangement.
For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook and Google+. A TNMOC iPhone App is also available from the iPhone App Store.
Stephen Fleming, Palam Communications, for The National Museum of Computing