Developers In Vogue aims at creating a relevant community of highly skilled female developers who will use technology to revolutionize Africa and beyond. The organisation trains young ladies in software development, data science and digital marketing and match them to real-time projects and jobs. This helps them to apply the skills they have learnt and also earn an income.
For Developers in Vogue, they don’t just end at the training. Speaking to Ivy Barley, she tells exactly what happens when the ladies have completed their training.
After we have trained the ladies, we do not just abandon them. We help them to get freelance projects they can work on. For those interested in a career in tech, our partnerships with tech firms will help us to secure internships, full-time and remote jobs for the ladies we have trained. Our curriculum is tailored and personalized to the individual and is more project based than theory based. Each developer-in-training is also assigned a dedicated mentor to provide the support and guidance she needs to be an excellent developer. The ladies we have trained also undertake a community service project. For example, this year, they would be paired to design a website for a nonprofit for a social cause.
Ivy continues, The idea was conceived just in the first quarter of 2017 and we have made a lot of progress. The idea was pitched at a number of competitions in the month of March. At Her Future Africa Demo Day, we took 2nd place. We won 1st place at both the Ghana Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition and the #eSkills4Girls competition. All these competitions came with great prizes and partnerships.
Just some weeks ago, an all-female Developers in Vogue team won the Devless Hackathon, with a waste management solution.
Impressively, in less than their first week of opening applications for the first coding boot camp, they had close to 300 people signing up to be a part though the slots were then able to have 20 people on the programme.
Also published on Medium.