How We Built TechLadies in Singapore - SREcon17

How We Built TechLadies in Singapore - SREcon17

This talk was given at SREcon17 Asia/Australia. SREcon is a gathering of engineers who care deeply about site reliability, systems engineering, and working with complex distributed systems at scale.

In this presentation, I shared about the inspiration behind setting up TechLadies, the what and how of the programs we do, and the lessons learned on how to introduce more women to the tech industry. Hopefully it will be useful for you in increasing gender diversity at your workplace!

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Elisha Tan

May 22, 2017
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  1. TechLadies.co How we built TechLadies in Singapore Elisha Tan Founder,

    TechLadies lah
  2. TechLadies.co Plot twist!!!

  3. Program Mission: Create active communities for any developer around the

    world to access information, share knowledge, and collaborate with other developers. Introducing
  4. TechLadies.co TechLadies techladies.co

  5. Online marketplace for in-person classes

  6. TechLadies.co Writing codes is amazing

  7. TechLadies.co The community is amazing

  8. TechLadies.co Where are the women?

  9. TechLadies.co

  10. None
  11. TechLadies

  12. TechLadies.co TechLadies is a community-led initiative for women to connect,

    learn, and advance as programmers.
  13. TechLadies.co Technology is a superpower to do good

  14. TechLadies.co Technology is a superpower to do good + be

    a bridge between women and tech communities
  15. TechLadies.co Technology is a superpower to do good + be

    a bridge between women and tech communities + women-focused, not anti-men
  16. TechLadies.co TechLadies do 3 things: Community | Education | Opportunity

  17. TechLadies.co Community - Build a trusted community in Asia where

    people can find their peers in tech. - Provide a channel where women can connect through shared experiences and knowledge.
  18. TechLadies.co Education - Equip women with basic programming skills. -

    Cultivate interest and facilitate learning technical skills through online resources.
  19. TechLadies.co Opportunity - Kickstart women’s careers in the tech industry.

    - Increase the visibility of women’s impact on the tech industry.
  20. TechLadies.co TechLadies do 3 things: Community | Education | Opportunity

    Go Eat Study Coding Weekend Tech Talks Bootcamp
  21. TechLadies.co Bootcamp

  22. TechLadies.co How it works 1. Find NGOs 2. Screen their

    pain points and proposed solutions 3. Decide if they fit the program, pass them to the head coach 4. Head coach will select the NGO they want to work with 5. Design studio 6. Select bootcamp participants 7. Bootcamp!
  23. TechLadies.co

  24. TechLadies.co

  25. TechLadies.co Clara Chow Junior Software Engineer - kaligo.com “Since I’ve

    always been keen in technology, why not rekindle that childhood flame? It’s time to move into the tech industry as a programmer.”
  26. TechLadies.co “I was extremely lost and my self- confidence fell

    tremendously after being kicked out from NUS Master programme two years ago. Today, I am here standing up again to pursue my new-found dream.” Oon Xin Tian Freelance programmer
  27. TechLadies.co Lessons learned • It.. works? • People learn better

    if there’s an end goal in mind • A lot of NGOs are really not technical • People want to help but needs direction • Marketing is as important as programming!
  28. TechLadies.co Tech Talks

  29. TechLadies.co Community | Education | Opportunity Go Eat Study Coding

    Weekend Tech Talks Bootcamp
  30. TechLadies.co Coding Weekend

  31. TechLadies.co Study Coding Weekend Tech Talks Bootcamp Study

  32. TechLadies.co Lessons Learned

  33. TechLadies.co Starting a passion project has a lot of benefits

  34. TechLadies.co Win by helping others win • It’s extremely rewarding

    • Don’t need to worry about profitability • Helps with your career • Gain skills without needing your manager’s approval • Great way to meet people passionate about the cause
  35. TechLadies.co It also has its costs

  36. TechLadies.co Everyone can contribute, even if you can’t code

  37. TechLadies.co

  38. TechLadies.co Help out at events

  39. TechLadies.co talk to

  40. TechLadies.co Teach someone

  41. TechLadies.co Help out at events

  42. TechLadies.co Share someone else’s knowledge

  43. TechLadies.co

  44. TechLadies.co Little things count

  45. TechLadies.co Non-tech contributions to the tech community • Organize events

    • Help out at events • Share your knowledge • Share someone else’s knowledge • Do the little things
  46. TechLadies.co Thank you for your contribution! Elisha Tan | @elishatan

    | elisha@techladies.co