How Pilbara Web Girls is getting women into tech

At Google, less than one in five technical positions are taken up by women. And Australia’s tech industry is no different. According to the Australian Computer Society, only 28% of the ICT workforce is female.

So why aren’t there more women in the tech industry? From education issues to gender misconceptions, it’s time we focus on the next generation of tech talent. This is exactly the mission of exciting new initiative Pilbara Web Girls, a grassroots event empowering women to code through a free programming workshop.

Following the success of Perth Web Girls who introduced more than 700 women to tech, the WEB Business Hub and Spacecubed decided to bring the event to Port Hedland. Program coordinator Kate Kirwin said the program’s goal is to increase the diversity in the tech community and to spark collaboration, creativity, and to expand networks.

Over 20 women came to Port Haven to attend the first edition of Pilbara Web Girls and dived into the basics of programming languages HTML and CSS; and Django and Python. With the help of local mentors, as well as mentors who flew in from Perth specially for the event, the women learned how to code to create simple websites and blogs. Highlights of the event included custom Pilbara Web Girls cupcakes and networking with the community.

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Pilbara Web Girls is set to return this year. If you’re a woman with basic computer knowledge and curious about coding, we would love to have you at the next event. Get inspired to dive into the exciting world of tech. We welcome any age!

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Thanks to our fantastic sponsors: BHP Western Australia, Pilbara Development Commission, Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce Inc, and Spacecubed.