Diversity in Tech Non-Profit Launches Group to Host Tech Talks, Hack Nights, Conferences, and Educational Seminars for Industry Professionals
Kyiv - March 6th, 2017 — Women Who Code (WWCode), a 501c3 that is dedicated to supporting career aged engineers in their professional goals, announces the launch of a Network in Kyiv, Ukraine. This local group will host regular programming which will include both educational events, and leadership training, while also making speaking and advancement opportunities available to their members.
Women Who Code Kyiv consists of 213 members, and is led by Network Director’s Nataliia Ilchenko, and Viktoriia Muidinova. Critical launch support was also provided by WWCode San Francisco Leader Oksana Denesiuk. The inaugural event took place on January 25th at the offices of Ciklum, and a follow up Tech Talk took place February 28th and was attended by 90 people. The event featured esteemed industry speakers including Darina Peremot, Anastasiia Vixentael, Helen Tabunshchyk and Karen Sawrey, and was followed by an introduction to CS and Python training session.
Women Who Code formed in 2011 and achieved 501c3 status in 2013. Since then they have grown into a global community of 80,000 tech professionals, with Networks located in 60 cities and 20 countries around the world. Working to support engineers and enfranchise a more diverse group of people in the industry, they have held over 4,200 free technical and leadership events, and have given away $1M in scholarships and conference tickets in the last year.
The organization and development of Women Who Code Kyiv was assisted by Oksana Denesiuk, a Leader of WWCode San Francisco who has also been involved in the launch of Networks in Atlanta, and Vinnytsia. She noted the importance of this work, “I am very proud that Women Who Code is now in Ukraine's capital. Right now Ukraine is facing a tough economic situation, however I believe that WWCode will expand the opportunities available to women in the tech field, and help them to advance their careers or start a business.”
Joey Rosenberg, the Global Leadership Director for Women Who Code, spoke about the Network,, “The city of Kyiv has a diverse and talented population of engineers that are already doing remarkable things. By opening this Network, we are creating a local institution that will be able to support the underrepresented portions of that community, helping them to achieve incredible things while shining a spotlight on their achievements. We are thrilled to have Nataliia and Viktoriia leading the way to drive this work forward.“
About Women Who Code
Women Who Code (WWCode) is an international nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. WWCode is building a world where women are proportionally representative as technical leaders, executives, founders, VCs, board members and software engineers. The organization has executed more than 4,200 free events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 80,000, and has a presence in 20 countries. Help empower even more women to advance in tech with the training and community they need to succeed by supporting WWCode. Learn more at womenwhocode.com.