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Kickstart Your Career

More than just a conference, Code Fest 2020 is a comprehensive digital learning experience and skills exchange, providing unique opportunities to connect with inspiring leaders, innovative teams, and influential hiring experts. Through the event you can hear stories from senior and trailblazing women, engage with employers through targeted job-application and interview coaching, or learn the unique challenges that diverse entrepreneurs face.

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Launch Your Future

Moving beyond the blended learning coding courses that we are best known for, Code Fest 2020 will be a flagship learning experience and skills exchange to connect start-ups, scale-ups, and enterprise level companies with our kick-ass community of 17,000 female coders. Launching the 2020 graduate hiring season, Code Fest 2020 will be the best way to connect with the most diversity focused companies in tech.

Week 1

Four days of panels, skills sessions, and interactive events open to our whole community. Each day is centred around a theme with opportunities to engage, edify, and inspire the Code First Girls community.

Section 01 Tech Decoded

Code Fest 2020 kicks off with a bang. Leading businesswomen and technologists from some of the most innovative organisations will discuss the top trends of our present moment and how these trends will impact the future of industry. Spanning a range of topics from machine learning to augmented reality to cybersecurity, the panels will be an awesome way to begin this groundbreaking learning event and get you excited about a career in technology.

2020: The Year of Tech

Panel

2020 is a year of global change; what does that look like for the tech industries and for individual companies? How has it been navigating through the last few months and what have been the triumphs and pitfalls so far?

2021 And Beyond

Panel

What do we anticipate will be the big trends in 2021 and over the next 10 years. Which sectors will see the biggest growth and what is shrinking?

Hacking Remote Culture

Panel

We speak to our panellists and about how and where office life will transition: the fine balance between maintaining a strong culture with the necessities of working remotely. How will this change hiring and recruitment? Does remote working mean a change to global from local?

How Diverse Is Tech?

Panel

What does the current landscape look like currently and where have the big wins been made so far? What are the next steps post-covid, post-BLM in 2020, and with changing study patterns of young people?

Big Tech vs Open Data

Panel

Coronavirus contact tracing has shown the importance of tracking and using personal data. How has tech abused privacy, and how can we use data for good in the future?

SECTION 02 Future Stars

It is great to see the example of impressive women in senior roles, but it also is important to see examples on the first rung of the ladder. The Future Stars series is a day of talks and conversations with women thriving in their first role in technology. Future stars of the industry will answer questions about how they got there, the challenges and triumphs of their first few years, and how their perspective is impacting their teams or their companies for the better.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Panel

How do you even pick a path? What factors should our community be considering? What are the benefits of boxing yourself versus being a broad all-rounder? How much does your first step affect your long term goals?

Featured Tech Stars

Client Led Content

Learn from some of the future’s brightest women tech stars across different industries.

How To Max Your Impact

Skills Session

What are the overlooked skills that you can bring into your career in 2020? How can networking, speaking, mentoring, volunteering benefit your career?

Featured Tech Stars

Client Led Content

Learn from some of the future’s brightest women tech stars across different industries.

Switching To Tech

Panel

A move into tech from elsewhere is exciting! We speak to four panellists about adapting, positive change, and their inspiration. What changes would they like to see brought into tech from individual experience and other sectors?

Section 03 Start-Up Sessions

Do not be afraid to step off the beaten path and explore the world of start-ups and high growth companies. The start-up sessions will be insights into the stories, innovations, and struggles overcome by start-up founders, CEOs, CTOs and early team members.
The sessions will answer questions about working for high growth businesses, and address the challenges along the way.

Starting A Business

Panel

Shining a light on the arcane world of the ‘start-up ecosystem’, founders and entrepreneurs will share insights on things like idea generation, product market fit, funding, working with a co-founder, and early hiring decisions.

Pitching Your Plan

Skill Session

So many of us have great ideas. How can we communicate the idea to funds or investors in a concise and business savvy way?

Featured Start-Ups

Client Led Content

Meet some of the world’s most exciting start-ups looking to put diversity at the heart of their business.

Start-Up To Scale-Up

Panel

What are the challenges when scaling, and how are you putting diversity and inclusion at the heart of your business?

Black Heritage Leaders

Panel

Stories of entrepreneurship, success and challenge from black women founders and early team members.

Section 04 STEM: Find Your Tribe

There are many career paths for women seeking a role outside of coding. This day is designed to inspire you to discover the practical application of skills across industries and step closer towards your career in STEM.

Inspired By STEM

Event

What does work actually look like for people in tech? How is an engineer different from a developer? What do you actually DO from 9-5?

STEM Skills Session

Event

A partner will guide you through essential skills that their teams use on a daily basis.

Featured Careers

Event

Lots of women in tech did not start with a computer science degree. Hear from them how they got to their current position and be encouraged to take the first step.

Mindfulness First Girls

Event

After a long week learning, stretch your body to unwind and invigorate yourself together with the rest of the CFG community!

Week 2

The Career Nav series is an opportunity for you to connect with a selected group of insightful recruitment experts and hiring managers through workshops, talks, and speed-dating style networking. The series is broken into <search>, <apply> and two days of <interview>, focused on tech and fintech organisations.

Career Nav 01 <search>

Get inspiration and find answers to the questions that you always wanted to ask about what opportunities exist in tech.

What jobs are actually out there?
Which role would be best suited to your skills?
What does a career path look like?

This event connects 80 women and 8 firms for a day of discovery, networking, learning, and skills building.

Career Nav 02 <apply>

After finding a role with an organisation that interests you, the application process can also be daunting. To help you to prepare for this, we will be providing a unique opportunity to speak with recruiters from companies like Bank of America, Trainline or OVHcloud, and get the inside tips and tricks to perform your best on their applications for graduate and entry level positions.

Career Nav 03 <interview>

If you are passionate about a career in technology, this workshop will be vital to boost your chances of interview success. Our studies have shown that coaching before an interview or assessment day radically increases your confidence and preparedness. The workshops will connect a curated group of high-potential candidates with recruiters to give you necessary interview skills to land the job.

Career Nav 04 <interview fintech>

If you are passionate about a career in fintech or other banking technology roles, this workshop will be vital to boost your chances of interview success. Our studies have shown that coaching before an interview or assessment day radically increases your confidence and preparedness. The workshop will connect a curated group of high-potential candidates with recruiters to give you necessary interview skills to land the job. This day will be dedicated to financial technology companies.

Weeks 3 & 4

We are also developing bespoke events, challenges and activities in partnership with our clients to provide focused training, networking and career prep with our community of over 17,000 women. These will be challenges and interactive events perfectly designed to get a personal view of how specific companies are investing in women.