Anwesha Chatterjee didn’t want girls in Brisbane to miss out on awesome tech opportunities. So here’s what she did.
It couldn’t be that women just happened to be less interested in software or coding. I had always loved coding, starting from my very first “hello world” program. However, I preferred learning in a female-friendly environment. It felt like a secure learning space. I felt less conscious of my shortcomings as a coder than I did in a male-dominated environment.
I decided I wanted to do something about it. This, along with my desire to learn more about NodeJS drove me to take on the role of lead organiser for the Brisbane chapter of NodeGirls Australia.
We had a total of 42 people (including mentors) show up at our first event on 12th August. We had about 15 mentors who had generously volunteered their time to help us run the event. The workshop was an Introduction to NodeJS and ExpressJS.
Everyone was incredibly engaged and enthusiastic on the day. We had a workshop with step-by-step instructions that everyone could follow, alongside one-on-one support from the mentors when required. Some of our mentors also prepared talks on some of the major topics relevant to the workshop.
Overall, the feedback we received in the post-event survey was very positive and it was heartwarming to read all the supportive responses.
– Anwesha Chatterjee
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