Women Who Code Reaches 80,000 Member Mark

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08.26.2016

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Global Non-Profit for engineers to help build the careers they want, has networks in 20 Countries and 60 Cities.

San Francisco, CA - August 25, 2016 -- Women Who Code (WWCode), a non profit with a set of with a set of programs for engineers to help build the careers they want, announces that they now have a global membership exceeding 80,000 people. This is a 60% increase since they reached 50,000 members in November, and places them as one of the largest organizations working to support tech professionals in the world, and highlights the success that they have had connecting engineers globally.

Women Who Code consists of an international community which is connected by 60 local Networks, located in 20 countries around the world. Each of these is a source of support and inspiration, as well as free events to develop technical and leadership skills, including hack nights, study groups, conferences, and industry talks. Last year these groups accounted for over 50,000 volunteer hours, which went to put on more than 1,500 events all aimed at advancing tech professionals in the pursuit of their career goals.

The official 80,000 member announcement was made at Demo Day for the Summer Cohort of Y Combinator, which Women Who Code has been participating in for the past three months. Representing the organization was WWCode CEO Alaina Percival, and WWCode Chief Maker Zassmin Montes de Oca.

Women Who Code Global Leadership Director Joey Rosenberg is responsible for managing and supporting the local Networks. She spoke about this landmark count saying, “We’re proud of the talented Directors, Leaders, and members that work so hard to support one another and the community. They’re the heart and soul of WWCode and they deserve an #ApplaudHer for this achievement.”

Formed as a Meetup group in the San Francisco Bay area in 2011, Women Who Code was awarded 501(c)3 status in November of 2013. Since then they have tripled in size every year, growing to their current count of over 80,000 members. In addition to the events that they hold, they also have a global newsletter called the CODE Review, through which they have given out more than $1 million in scholarships and tech conference tickets to WWcode members since 2015.

Women Who Code recently held Atlanta's first all female Hackathon, Women Take on Tech, which brought together over 100 engineers from across the country, working for 52 hours on innovations to make the world a better place. They were also responsible for the CONNECT Conference in Seattle earlier this year, which featured a global lineup of influential industry Leaders including WWCode Advisory Board Member Regina Wallace Jones, the Head of Security Operations at Facebook, and WWCode Board Member Mary Hamilton, the Managing Director at Accenture Labs.

Alaina Percival, the CEO and Board Chair of Women Who Code, said, “The goal of Women Who Code is to help tech professionals achieve promotions, start businesses, and attain their career goals. By reaching out to more people around the world we can better serve that purpose, and change the face of the industry for the better.”

About Women Who Code
Women Who Code is an international non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. Our goal is to empower women with the skills needed for professional advancement, and provide environments for networking and mentorship. The organization has executed more than 4,200 events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 80,000, and has a presence in 20 countries. Help us to empower even more women to advance in tech with the training and community they need to succeed by supporting our #WWCode networks. Learn more at womenwhocode.com.

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