Supporting women has always been a top priority for Epicodus. Our student body has always been about one-third women, but we want to do better. And we know that many other companies do too. That's why we are incredibly excited to announce the launch of Break the Code, a collaborative initiative aimed at starting a productive dialogue and creating a more supportive environment for women choosing careers in programming.
Break the Code Partners
We've asked several companies and nonprofit organizations to help us spark that conversation and join Break the Code. Many have pledged their support and voices including: The Clymb, Columbia Ultimate, CrowdCompass, DevelopmentNow, GlobeSherpa, Jive, Simple, Smarsh, Thetus, Uncorked Studios, App Camp For Girls, ChickTech and Girl Develop It. Over the next few months we will all be celebrating and sharing the experiences of women in tech. This is a huge challenge, and we are excited that so many companies in the Portland area have signed on to help us tackle it.
Since one of the primary goals of Break the Code is to provide a supportive environment for female programmers, on August 10 we'll be starting our first ever all-women's class on Android development. We're excited to provide this opportunity for 30 students who feel that they will thrive in an all-women environment. All women (cis- and transgender) and people with non-binary gender who feel they are a part of women's community are encouraged to apply.
In the coming weeks, we will be announcing even more exciting Break the Code initiatives. Stay tuned...