Program Thinking - How do you design initiatives for diversity?

Program Thinking - How do you design initiatives for diversity?

There’s much more we could do to improve gender diversity in tech. But with so many ideas, how should you get started in tackling this problem? How do you measure success? In this talk, I will share the people-centric methodology that helps you design your diversity programs and initiatives.

First presented at PyCon Thailand 2019 (https://th.pycon.org/en)

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Elisha Tan

June 15, 2019
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  1. TechLadies.co Program Thinking: Designing Diversity Programs Elisha Tan @elishatan Founder,

    TechLadies
  2. TechLadies.co Host events? Hackathons? Mentorship? Workshops?

  3. TechLadies.co Host events? Hackathons? Mentorship? Workshops?

  4. TechLadies.co There is no one-size-fits-all program

  5. TechLadies.co Product Design process is well-defined Credits: UXPlanet, Google

  6. TechLadies.co Vision Define Ideate Leverage Test Understand Program Design: 6-Step

    Process
  7. TechLadies.co Women’s journey into the tech industry Exploration Figuring out

    if tech industry is for them Investment Spending time to learn usable skills Commitment Spending time to learn employable skills or actively searching for employment Community Education Opportunity Study Group - Full stack, starting from front-end - Bi-Weekly Meet - Topic synced with Study - Once every 2 months Bootcamp - 12 weeks part-time Go - Ad-hoc basis Coding Weekend - Held overseas yearly Tech Talks - 2 times a year - Adhoc topics
  8. TechLadies.co But first…

  9. TechLadies.co Hi, my name is Elisha Check out my mad

    tech skills yo
  10. TechLadies.co Ability to code is a superpower

  11. TechLadies.co Where are the women? !

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

    learn, and advance in the tech industry.
  13. TechLadies.co We aim to increase women’s participation and create opportunities

    for women in the tech industry.
  14. TechLadies.co Women’s journey into the tech industry Exploration Figuring out

    if tech industry is for them Investment Spending time to learn usable skills Commitment Spending time to learn employable skills or actively searching for employment Community Education Opportunity Study Group - Full stack, starting from front-end - Bi-Weekly Meet - Topic synced with Study - Once every 2 months Bootcamp - 12 weeks part-time Go - Ad-hoc basis Coding Weekend - Held overseas yearly Tech Talks - 2 times a year - Adhoc topics
  15. TechLadies.co ~3000 members in Asia 2 physical chapters >500 ladies

    trained >10 ladies in engineering roles
  16. TechLadies.co Vision Define Ideate Leverage Test Understand Program Design: 6-Step

    Process
  17. TechLadies.co Define Ideate Leverage Test Understand Vision Program Design Step

    1: What do you want to achieve?
  18. TechLadies.co We aim to increase women’s participation and create opportunities

    for women in the tech industry.
  19. TechLadies.co Define Ideate Leverage Test Vision Program Design Step 2:

    What exactly is the problem? Understand
  20. TechLadies.co TechLadies.co

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  22. TechLadies.co Women’s journey into the tech industry Exploration Figuring out

    if tech industry is for them Investment Spending time to learn usable skills Commitment Spending time to learn employable skills or actively searching for employment
  23. TechLadies.co Ideate Leverage Test Vision Understand Define Program Design Step

    3: Who are you helping?
  24. TechLadies.co Women’s journey into the tech industry Exploration Figuring out

    if tech industry is for them Investment Spending time to learn usable skills Commitment Spending time to learn employable skills or actively searching for employment
  25. TechLadies.co Taking inspiration from Product Design

  26. TechLadies.co 1. 25 - 35 year old 2. Wants to

    enter tech industry 3. Not formally trained in CS 4. Currently working full-time in non-tech industry 5. Learning programming online and workshops, but need something more intensive
  27. TechLadies.co Leverage Test Define Vision Understand Ideate Program Design Step

    4: How do you want to help?
  28. TechLadies.co Help women become software engineers Something more intensive than

    workshops Learn by doing Probably learn better by working on a real product, not small prototypes
  29. TechLadies.co TechLadies Bootcamp is a 12-week part-time accelerated learning program

    designed to help women with some basic programming background become professional programmers. Ladies are guided by industry experts to create products for non-profit organizations
  30. TechLadies.co How does the TechLadies Bootcamp work? • Part-time programming

    bootcamp • Designed to help women of all nationalities and career backgrounds become programmers • Learn how to code by working in teams 3, creating products for NGOs, under the guidance of industry experts • Spend >15 hours/week. 3 - 4 hours on Sat, 10+ hours self-study • SGD550 to participate, full scholarships available
  31. TechLadies.co Leverage Vision Define Ideate Understand Test Program Design Step

    5: What did you learn?
  32. TechLadies.co Bootcamp

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  38. TechLadies.co Lessons learned • It.. works? 30% of graduates found

    software- related jobs and internships • People learn better if there’s an end goal in mind • People want to help but need direction • Cheap + Good = DEMAND! • Secret sauce? objective + structure + community
  39. TechLadies.co Vision Define Ideate Test Understand Leverage Program Design Step

    6: What can you leverage?
  40. TechLadies.co What to leverage? • Invite graduates back to mentor

    and speak • Support graduates to start organising events • Showcase graduates’ stories to inspire more women • Leverage programs by other companies and communities • Leverage other programs you have
  41. TechLadies.co Community | Education | Opportunity Bootcamp Tech Talks Study

    Coding Weekend Go Meet
  42. TechLadies.co Putting in all together

  43. TechLadies.co Vision Define Ideate Leverage Test Understand Program Design: 6-Step

    Process
  44. TechLadies.co Community | Education | Opportunity Bootcamp Tech Talks Study

    Coding Weekend Go Meet
  45. TechLadies.co Women’s journey into the tech industry Exploration Figuring out

    if tech industry is for them Investment Spending time to learn usable skills Commitment Spending time to learn employable skills or actively searching for employment Community Education Opportunity Study Group - Full stack, starting from front-end - Bi-Weekly Meet - Topic synced with Study - Once every 2 months Bootcamp - 12 weeks part-time Go - Ad-hoc basis Coding Weekend - Held overseas yearly Tech Talks - 2 times a year - Adhoc topics
  46. TechLadies.co What did I learn from building TechLadies?

  47. TechLadies.co Lessons learned Good people + vision + resources =

    Magic Magic
  48. TechLadies.co Lessons learned Marketing is just as important as coding

  49. TechLadies.co Lessons learned Win by helping others win

  50. TechLadies.co Lessons learned Everyone can contribute, even if you can’t

    code
  51. TechLadies.co Lessons learned It has its costs

  52. TechLadies.co 5 lessons from building TechLadies • Good people +

    vision + resources = MAGIC Magic • Marketing is just as important as coding • Win by helping others win • Everyone can contribute, even if you can’t code • It has its costs
  53. TechLadies.co 5 lessons from building TechLadies • Good people +

    vision + resources = MAGIC Magic • Marketing is just as important as coding • Win by helping others win • Everyone can contribute, even if you can’t code • It has its costs
  54. TechLadies.co “I was extremely lost and my self- confidence fell

    tremendously after being kicked out from NUS Masters programme two years ago. Today, I am here standing up again to pursue my new-found dream.” Oon Xin Tian Frontend Developer, Meiro
  55. TechLadies.co Join the movement to increase gender diversity in tech

    Start TechLadies in your city? elisha@techladies.co
  56. TechLadies.co Thank you! <3