Resources

I'm passionate about getting people of all backgrounds into tech, particularly underrepresented minorities. Here you'll find various design and development resources and communities to make your transition a little easier.


Resources for Diverse Communities...

Ada Developers Academy
Ada Developers Academy’s mission is to diversify Tech by providing women and people of non-binary gender the skills, experience, and community support to become professional software developers who contribute to changing the world with software.

Black Dot Union (Seattle)
Black Dot is a culturally responsive community for Black entrepreneurs. We provide space, knowledge, and support for creatives to operate and grow their business.

Black Female Coders
We’re out there. We may not see each other in our computer science courses or in our offices at work or while roaming around technology conferences—but we know we’re out there. Here is where we find each other.

Black Founders
Black Founders is creating an ecosystem that stimulates tech entrepreneurship and fosters economic growth. We develop global programs that equip entrepreneurs, inspire innovation, and allow us to share resources.

Code for Progress
We want to transform the face of technology and we have created this program because we want to take an active role in shaping, disrupting, and leaving our mark in this space.

Geek Girls Carrots
Geek Girls Carrots is a global grassroots organisation focused on attracting women to tech. We create community by organising meeting, workshops, and other events which gather people to share their knowledge and experience. We bring together female admins, analysts, application architects, developers, graphic designers, IT managers, programmers, social media specialists, system architects, project managers, women with startup ideas, computer science students and many more.

Girl Develop It
Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development. Through in-person classes and community support, Girl Develop It helps women of diverse backgrounds achieve their technology goals and build confidence in their careers and their every day lives.

Hackbright Academy
Hackbright Academy is the leading software engineering school for women founded in San Francisco in 2012.

HBCU to Startup
Tech Entrepreneurship for the HBCU Community

Jopwell
The leading career advancement platform for Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American students and professionals.

Ladies That UX
Fancy meeting other women for a good old natter about UX and life in general? Then Ladies that UX is for you. Not got UX in your job title? No problem. If you’re inquisitive, enthusiastic and interested in making the world a better place for users, you’re one of us.

MadSkills
Madskills is a trusted network to outsource your company and workforce needs. MadSkills is fueled by military spouses from across the world. Tap into and leverage our global talent, focus on your core business processes and save costs by outsourcing to military spouses.

NextBillion.org
A mentorship program connecting people with disabilities to industry professionals in the technology space.

PyLadies
We are an international mentorship group with a focus on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community. Our mission is to promote, educate and advance a diverse Python community through outreach, education, conferences, events and social gatherings.

Railsbridge
RailsBridge workshops are a free and fun way to get started or level up with Rails, Ruby, and other web technologies. Our events focus on increasing diversity in tech, so that people of all backgrounds can feel welcome and comfortable in our industry.

She++
she++, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, works to empower underrepresented groups in technology by dismantling negative stereotypes surrounding technical careers.  We aim to dispel the misconception that computer science is not a career for women and minorities by rebranding what it means to be a technologist.

She's Coding
She’s Coding is an open-source project developed in cooperation with the documentary film CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. She’s Coding provides education, resources, and actionable guidelines for anyone who wants to help bridge the gender gap in the field of computer science.

Skillcrush
Skillcrush is an interactive online learning community for creatives, thinkers, and makers. Looking for a more lucrative and fulfilling job, to design new products, or even to kickstart a new venture? We’re here to demystify technology and help you completely transform your career. Even better, we believe that learning digital skills should be entertaining, delightful, and approachable.

 

Systers
A community created by and for underrepresented (Women of Color, Hispanic/Latina, Native American, and Disabilities) women in computing with a mission of promoting their representation and success in computing related fields.

Tech Ladies
We connect women with the best jobs and opportunities in tech. We connect companies with the best women techmakers. Above all else, we're a community of women in tech who support each other.

Techies Project
Techies is a photo project focused on sharing stories of tech employees in Silicon Valley. The project covers subjects who tend to be underrepresented in the greater tech narrative. This includes (but is not limited to) women, people of color, folks over 50, LGBT, working parents, disabled, etc.

 

TechPrep
TechPrep is a Facebook-led initiative, supported by McKinsey & Company, to promote computer science and programming as a career option and to provide resources to get started.

TransTech Social Enterprises
TransTech is an incubator for LGBTQ Talent with a focus on economically empowering the T, transgender people, in our community. TransTech is a co-working, co-learning community dedicated to empowering trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people and allies with practical, career-ready skills so they can push themselves up to the next level in their lives.

Women 2.0
Women 2.0 is the leading brand for the next generation of technology leaders.

Women in Product (Slack team)
Founded by Slack product manager Merci Victoria Grace, this group allows women in product management to discuss opportunities and talk about the particular challenge of being a woman in their industry.

Women in Tech (Slack team)
If you work in tech—anything from writing code to software testing and QA to graphic design and user experience—this group is open to you.

XX+UX
XX+UX is a community of women in UX who support each other by sharing our own stories and fostering growth at all stages of our careers.

...and for young adults and kids in those communities

App Camp For Girls
App Camp For Girls is a one-week summer day program where girls* can put their creative powers to work, designing and building apps, while learning more about the business of software and being inspired by role models in the industry.

Black Girls Code
Our vision is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.

CODE2040
Code2040 creates access, awareness, and opportunities for top Black and Latinx engineering talent to ensure their leadership in the innovation economy.

Girls Who Code
We're a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology.

Jewelbots
Jewelbots are the first of its kind, an open source wearable device where kids dictate the functionality.

Made with Code
Girls start out with a love of science and technology, but lose it somewhere along the way. Let’s help encourage that passion in teen girls. We started Made with Code because increasingly more aspects in our lives are powered by technology, yet women aren’t represented in the roles that make technology happen.

TechPrep
TechPrep is a Facebook-led initiative, supported by McKinsey & Company, to promote computer science and programming as a career option and to provide resources to get started.

The Coding Space (New York)
New York after-school program where students of all ages learn to code while developing critical thinking skills.

 

General Resources

Codecademy
Codecademy is an education company. But not one in the way you might think. We're committed to building the best learning experience inside and out, making Codecademy the best place for our team to learn, teach, and create the online learning experience of the future.

CodePen
CodePen is a playground for the front end side of the web. It's all about inspiration, education, and sharing.

Creative Mornings (monthly talks in different cities)

CSS Tricks

General Assembly (their evening workshops provide the most bang for your buck)

Lynda

Stack Overflow (for debugging and asking questions about your broken code!)

Startup Weekend (weekend-long hackathon for any skill level; multiple cities)

TechPrep

Treehouse

UX Happy Hour (meetups in many cities)

UX Stack Exchange (for questions about user experience)

 

Seattle-Specific Resources

Black Dot Union

GiveCamp (hackathon for all ability levels that focuses on non-profit projects)

HCDE Certificate Program (University of Washington)

Lean Startup meetup

New Tech Seattle meetup

UX Launchpad

 

Design/Development Bootcamps

(if you're interested in a larger commitment)

Ada Developers Academy (Seattle—women only)

Code for Progress (Washington DC)

Code Fellows (Seattle/Portland/Chicago)

Coding Dojo (Seattle/Bay Area/LA)

Galvanize (Austin/Boulder/Denver/Fort Collins/SF/Seattle)

General Assembly (many locations)

Hackbright Academy (SF—women only)