Start From Scratch Eldoret Chapter – The After

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When TechInPink started, we had plans of having programming bootcamps for young women to help them grow on the path of Software Development. True to that, we have had an event every year. We started off with a CSS/HTML and JavaScript one day bootcamp event in Ogbomosho, Nigeria hosted by Yetunde. That was followed by a JavaScript bootcamp in Nairobi, Kenya hosted by Gertrude and the most recent was hosted in the beautiful city of Eldoret, Kenya.

On the 29th of June, we had a few ladies from different backgrounds united by their interest in software development in Eldoret, Kenya attend a day of introduction to GitHub and JavaScript hosted by Gertrude. It was a day full of learning, sharing and networking and it was obviously exciting to see these ladies come out to pursue what they want.

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This is what some of the ladies had to say after the event:

Introduction to GitHub was so hands on, I do not think I will forget it any time soon. I feel like I was given a peek into the possibilities in the world of programming especially as a woman. Seeing other women do amazing tech stuff is enough motivation – Maurine

What stood out most is the commitment Tech in Pink have to fulfil their mission. I learnt the importance of having a Github account and how it could be of big help with me as a developer. I also learned Javascript basics – Paula

The event was like an eye opener that there exists much opportunity for upcoming software developers that we couldn’t see previously. Using Github, as an example, where we can put our code and also see what others are developing – Cynthia

Special thanks goes to:

Maye Edwin, Google Developer Lead, Moi University for ensuring we were connected to people who helped us arrange for the event.

Magdalene Chepkemoi of EldoHub and Tech Starlets Kenya for the support she gave.

Ivy Kimutai and Ayuma of Start Up Grind, Eldoret,  and Sisibo Hub for their massive support and presence every step of the way and even attended the event to meet the ladies.

Telisa Daughtry of FlyTechnista, who Gertrude met in New York at a dinner, for joining in via Hangouts to encourage the young ladies to keep at it. Telisa is also one of the few women I know who have been programming for over 18 years.

We look forward to what the ladies will be building next!

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