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What is the 2020 Campaign

We want to train 20,000 women how to code for free by the end of 2020, and - with your help - flood the UK with female tech talent.

By teaching 20,000 more women to code, we think we can change the landscape of the UK economy. Can you begin to imagine what UK digital industries would look like with 20,000 more women who understand coding, technology, and how they can make an impact on the success of our companies?

We are looking to raise £1.5 million to achieve this goal, and some of this will be through our Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign.

Some fantastic women attending a Code First: Girls Course
Some fantastic women attending a Code First: Girls Course

Why does this matter?

In 2017, female Programmers and software developer made up only 3.9% of tech and telco professionals in the UK. ​That number is down from 10% in 2007 (Source: ONS Dataset EMP04: Employment by occupation). ​ We are already creating biased tech foundations for our future society; search engines that don’t associate women with leadership, voice recognition software that doesn’t recognise female voices.

Who are Code First: Girls?

Code First: Girls is a multi-award winning social enterprise which works with companies and women to increase the proportions of women in tech. When we say we help women get into tech, we really do help women get into tech. We run a social enterprise that directly helps women to overcome one of the single biggest barriers to entering the tech industry - education. We do this by running free coding courses for young women, paid courses for men and women, by advising companies on tech talent, and by running a community of 5500+ women who are interested in tech.

We are the largest provider of free in person coding courses for women in the UK. Over the past 3 years we’ve delivered £2.5 million+ worth of free tech education, taught 5000+ women how to code for free, and have helped companies to recruit and train better tech talent in their firms.

www.codefirstgirls.org.uk

The Code First: Girls team and some of our incredible volunteers
The Code First: Girls team and some of our incredible volunteers

Rewards available 

We have lots of fantastic Code First: girls merchandise including pins, pens, stickers, goodie bags as well as an opportunity to buy or gift a spot on a coding course for a young woman at one of of our courses to be run in London or Manchester. 

The coding courses themselves are an 8-week (2 hours, on weekday evening per week) "Introduction to Web Development" course and at the end our students build a website using the elements they have learnt on the course. Please see the terms and conditions for full details about the courses, eligibility, and how a person who buys/is bought a course registers.

Our top tier rewards include an opportunity for you to become a VIP sponsor a whole course for young women (which you will be invited to visit), as well as opportunities to join the Code First: Girls team for a special team lunch or VIP conference guest, topped off by our Patron level benefit which includes a mention on our website as a Patron alongside our high profile campaign ambassadors such as Baroness Martha Lane Fox and Dame Stephanie Shirley.

How will my money be used?

The proceeds will go to delivering the rewards, and as we are a not-for-profit social enterprise, all profits after delivery of the rewards goes back into providing free education for young women. Our free coding courses are delivered in universities or are hosted by companies across the UK and Ireland. These are delivered by volunteer instructors and are managed by a small team in our Head Office. Your money will be used to run these courses so that we are able to reach more of these 20,000 young women.

On top of the fantastic benefits we are offering the supporters of our Kickstarter campaign, all profits from the campaign will be going to running free coding courses for young women across the UK.

We also support our community by running free events such as Conferences and "Hack Your Career" events. 

With your support, we can change the face of the UK tech industry for the better.

Risks and challenges

* We are currently expanding the number of courses we run across the UK, with smaller number of courses run in Manchester and larger number in London. We are working very closely with our course hosts to balance demand and local skills gaps, and will look to scale courses according to demand.
* For backers purchasing a coding course for themselves or to gift or donate, please read through the FAQs prior to purchasing.
* We are keen to ensure that our training materials are updated on a regular basis to reflect tech developments and enhancements. We have curriculum owners and we are keen to look to enhance or even increase the breadth of free training course we have to offer our women.

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    An Enamel Badge and Sticker

    We'll send you a special edition Code First: Girls enamel badge and a sticker. Not only this, but we will add you to our online Benefactor Wall of Fame and send you an e-certificate.

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    T-Shirt and Sticker

    A fabulous Code First: Girls grey cotton t-shirt , printed with the logos on the front and back. You'll also get a sticker, as well as being featured on our benefactor Wall of Fame and will receive an e-certificate.

    T-shirt sizes with approximate chest measurements: S (35-37 inches), M (38-40 inches and L (41-43 inches).

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    Code First: Girls Ultimate Goody Bag

    A jumbo-packed Goody Bag with all of the Code First: Girls branded treats you could possibly want....oh, and a mention on our Benefactor Wall of Fame.

    T-shirt sizes with approximate chest measurements: S (35-37 inches), M (38-40 inches and L (41-43 inches).

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    An 8 Week Coding Course

    Buy a Code First: Girls Level 1 course spot for a young women (London or Manchester). Buy it for yourself, someone you know or gift this spot to someone. Please read the FAQs prior to selecting this reward.

    This is an 8 week classroom-based course is held one weekday evening for 2 hours.
    Our Level 1 beginners course introduces:
    HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, GitHub collaboration, and more (front-end programming).
    ​These skills teach you how to make a website, how to improve its design and how to push it online.
    Courses can be redeemed from Autumn/Winter 2018 semester through to Autumn/Winter 2019 semester. Participants will need to be:
    - aged 18-23 OR
    - aged 18+ and currently a student OR
    - aged 18+ and have studied in the past 2 years
    Courses will be taught in English, and all young women enrolling will need to bring their own laptop. All other materials will be provided.

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    An 8 Week Coding Course & Goody Bag

    Buy a Code First: Girls Level 1 course spot for a young women (London or Manchester). Buy it for yourself, someone you know or gift this spot to someone. Please read the FAQs prior to selecting this reward.

    This is an 8 week classroom-based course is held one weekday evening for 2 hours.
    Our Level 1 beginners course introduces:
    HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, GitHub collaboration, and more (front-end programming).
    ​These skills teach you how to make a website, how to improve its design and how to push it online.
    Courses can be redeemed from Autumn/Winter 2018 semester through to Autumn/Winter 2019 semester.Participants will need to be:
    - aged 18-23 OR
    - aged 18+ and currently a student OR
    - aged 18+ and have studied in the past 2 years

    Courses will be taught in English, and all young women enrolling will need to bring their own laptop. All other materials will be provided.

    Not forgetting a Code First: Girls jam-packed goody bag!

    T-shirt sizes with approximate chest measurements: S (35-37 inches), M (38-40 inches and L (41-43 inches).

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    • Code First: Girls Bag
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    VIP Invite: Code First: Girls Conference

    We would be thrilled to have you as a VIP at our Code First: Girls Annual Conference in London (November 2018). This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with our community and corporate supporters. It is a day packed full of motivational talks, insightful panel discussions, illuminating tech talks as well as networking. See here for this year's conference highlights: http://www.codefirstgirls.org.uk/conference-2017.html

    And we wouldn't be Code First: Girls if we didn't also include our fantastic Goody Bag!

    T-shirt sizes with approximate chest measurements: S (35-37 inches), M (38-40 inches and L (41-43 inches).

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    • Code First: Girls Bag
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    Lunch with the Code First: Girls team

    Even if we do say so ourselves, our Code First: Girls HQ team are pretty wonderful...and we LOVE lunch! So why not join us for a special lunch at our HQ in London.

    Nothing would give us more pleasure than personally presenting you with our Code First: Girls Goody Bag.

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    Code First: Girls Course Sponsor

    Sponsor a Code First: Girls community course. Nothing would make us happier than to invite you to visit the course you sponsored (UK locations including London) so meet all the women that you are helping to train, and the volunteer instructors that do such an incredible job.

    Courses can be sponsored from Autumn/Winter 2018 semester through to Autumn/Winter 2019 semester.

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    Code First: Girls Patron

    For the first time in our history, you will become a Code First: Girls Patron.
    This will include a listing on our website as a patron alongside our campaign Ambassadors (including individuals such as Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Dame Steve Shirley).
    As a patron, we will issue a special invite to all Code First: Girls events for a year.

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