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We are a busy bunch at Code First Girls! From podcasts, to blog posts, events, projects, and video content, there’s loads to help you learn more about tech, women in tech, and how you may create your own career pathway. Our latest highlights are below, but loads more when you scroll down or clickity-click on the links!

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Code First Girls Podcast episode 6 with Revmo

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Social media is big business. The current value of the top five social media brands is estimated to be over $1 trillion, but lots of questions are being posed about the way that these companies treat user data and privacy.

In this episode, Anna sits down with Freddie de Sibert, co-founder and CEO of the new social networking app Revmo to discuss the role of privacy in our social media landscape and what it’ll take to make it work for users and companies.

As ever, this is a stupendous chat with some fantastic insights. Freddie’s book recommendation is Give And Take by Adam Grant. 

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While we’re pretty sure that artificial intelligence isn’t going to lead to a Terminator-style apocalypse, a lot of people have a lot of questions. What is AI? What is machine learning? What’s the difference between them, and can you use the terms interchangeably? To answer these questions and give some insight on how industry is building and applying these systems we are joined by Manisha Mistry, Portfolio Director Digital Culture and Collaboration at R2 Data Labs, a part of Rolls-Royce. 

Manisha’s book recommendations are: Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez, Pattern Recognition And Machine Learning by Christopher Bishop, Speech And Language Processing by Daniel Jurafsky and James H. Martin (FYI Stanford University has published a free pdf of the latest draft).

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With good reason, inclusion and diversity have been on top of mind for many of us through 2020. Anna sits down with Lauren von Stackelberg, Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Expedia Group for an incisive conversation on the definition of D&I, ways that companies can be held to account for their public pledges, and how to interrogate hiring managers before deciding to take a job. 

Lauren’s book recommendations are: Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez, So You Want to Talk About Race and Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo and You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing & Why it Matters by Kate Murphy. We can confirm that since recording, Lauren has crushed her reading goal for 2020.

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No matter how many times you hear it, it’s still worth hearing: There is no ‘one path’ to a career in technology. In this episode, Anna is joined by Carol Johnson, IT Director at Telegraph Media Group and founder of Women In Tech Not Just Code. This episode covers Carol’s journey from a junior administrative role to leading the IT infrastructure at one of the UK’s largest media institutions. 

The conversation also covers the technical and commercial challenges of running the tech side of a modern media business and the growth of demand for inclusion and diversity in business. Carol’s organisation, Women In Tech Not Just Code is a network is for women who work in technology beyond STEM and coding, for those in a technical job or a job in a technology company. 

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Open your fave notes app, this episode is packed with brilliant stuff. Rhona Moodly, HR Director for EMEA at Experian sat down with Anna to share her career and life journey. With a career spanning three continents, Rhona shares an insightful blend of stories and learned wisdom that we can all take something away from. 

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Almost everyone accepts the importance of mentoring, but so few of us actually have a mentoring relationship. How do you find a mentor? What does that relationship look like? And what does the outcome of mentoring lead to? Selina Pavan, a long-time friend of Code First Girls and senior tech leader at Bank of America joins us to share her own story and her personal passion for mentoring. 

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CFG IN ACTION

Below are some of our activities over the past year or so. Make sure to check out our YouTube channel for more content.

IWD 2021 EVENT: BEST YEAR TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR
BECOME EVENT:BLACK WOMEN IN TECH: HOW TO FLOURISH
CODE FEST HACKATHON 2020:
BIG DATA CHALLENGE
CODE FEST 2020: INTRODUCTION AND SOME OF THE BEST BITS

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We have a load of projects from our classes and hackathons that you can explore plus content from past events. 

We’ll also be posting here for access to upcoming hackathons and events.

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CODE FEST 2021
**COMING SOON**

Keep your eyes peeled as we will be launching Code Fest 2021 in the coming months. Get ready for two-days of content & a special event, with loads of exciting items!

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HUBSPOT LAUNCH
MAY 2021

We joined our new partners, the software powerhouse HubSpot, for a wonderful lunchtime launch event with dozens of HubSpotters and a few members of the CFG team! 

FCA HACKATHON
25 MARCH 2021

We partnered with the Financial Conduct Authority to have our CFG members take part in the Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Techsprint.

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CODE FEST 2020
SEPTEMBER 2020

If you didn’t attend, check out our summary of our Code Fest 2020 event with links to loads of content from each day –  a great way to get an intro into different tech topics.

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