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CodeHERS featured on Women in Tech Podcast

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CodeHERS was featured in the Women in Tech Podcast hosted by Espree Devora.  Hanna Mofid, our founder, was able to introduce CodeHERS and our mission and give a testimony on another tech podcast called Command Line Heroes.  Both the Women in Tech podcast and Command Line Heroes Podcast aim to empower anyone in tech.  CodeHERS is honored to have been included in such an amazing podcast that shares a common goal with our mission. Go check both podcasts out!

Here is the link to the overview and episode CodeHERS is featured on!  The page includes our Instagram as well! All other Women in Tech Podcast episodes can be accessed here too.

Six Things You Should Know About Programming Writing Piece

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Above is a funny and lighthearted writing piece by our CodeHERS founder, Hanna Mofid, on programming! It was actually an assignment for her AP Language course in HS but it truly captures the humor and true essence of programmers' unique experiences --- thus, really underscoring why coding/computer science isn't like any other field of study. It's a relatable piece and will ultimately make you feel proud to be an aspiring engineer or programmer! Hanna is in the process of publishing this piece in various media outlets and websites in which various articles and writing pieces are displayed. It's a great read, enjoy!

Founder and CEO of CodeHERS, Hanna Mofid, Receives Society of Women Engineers STEM in Action Award!

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"The STEM in Action Award recognizes girls in 6th through 12th grades who are actively interested in STEM and doing something about it, such as participating in a SWENext Club, mentoring students, or raising awareness of STEM."

Check out the SWENext Awards 2020 page by clicking the link below!

https://swe.org/awards/swenext-awards/fy20-swenext-award-winners/

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I am so excited to announce that I have been awarded the SWENext STEM in Action Award 2020! I am so grateful and honored to be chosen, and appreciate SWE for recognizing me! CodeHERS has made it a priority to uphold its overall mission to inspire and EMPOWER girls to pursue a career in STEM, even in the state of the world today. Through more virtual workshops, CodeHERS has been able to not only incite change in the local community, but also reach other people, living in other parts of the world! I am proud to say that in this past year, CodeHERS has been able to host various different workshops like HTML Website Building and Rasperry Pi Workshops along with hosting an amazing Speaker Panel featuring feamle Stanford Engineering students with experience at companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft! (Much more is coming, so stay tuned!)

 

Creating CodeHERS has truly added to my overall purpose as a woman in STEM and honestly, shown me just how powerful women supporting women in STEM is! Actively bringing awareness to the gender gap while simultaneously educating other girls about the STEM field and all the possibilities/opportunities that come from STEM has been an amazing experience! As the tech industry grows in power and the virtual aspect of life becomes more prevalent, now, more than ever, is CodeHERS needed. With the help of CodeHERS and other female STEM empowerment movements, soon, engineering won't be known as the 'male dominated field', and women will be more ecouraged to be apart of STEM fields --- using their drive and passion to create new technologies, solve the world's biggest problems, and uphold this new era of growth/flourishing for woman in STEM! Again, I am honored to be receiving this award and keep up with CodeHERS because we have some major things planned!

Founder, Hanna Mofid, Chosen as a Kode With Klossy Scholar 2020 : All About My KWK Experience this Summer

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Cool fact: That's me (Hanna Mofid) on Karlie Kloss's Instagram! Check out the post here by clicking on Karlie's Insta handle:         

                 @karliekloss

 

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This summer I had the amazing opportunity to be a Kode With Klossy Scholar 2020! It was such a great experience and I am so grateful to have been chosen as a scholar! Being around and working with other girls just as interested in STEM as I am was so inspiring, and I truly feel I have made some lifelong friendships and connections through this program. The overall environment in our Kode With Klossy camp was so encouraging and positive, it really felt like one big happy family :) At the same time, I learned so much in just 2 short weeks!! I was able to strengthen my HTML website building and designing skills, now having the ability to add more custom features to websites I create from scratch. Also, I definitely see an improvement in my front-end and back-end development skills from all the practice codes/projects we did during and outside of camp hours! Seeing and practicing how HTML, CSS, and Javascript come together to build a very high quality website was very educational and I feel like I really understand just how complex websites like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter really are! In addition to learning and practicing our WebDev skills, as scholars, we were able to attend many different speaker series (some included Ashton Kutcher and Reese Witherspoon!), attend different panels with powerful women in STEM, and meet/get Karlie Kloss's insight on tech! As a whole, this program's mission and goal completely aligns with CodeHERS' mission. Both of these organizations strive to encourage girls to explore what the STEM field has to offer while lifting each other up! All in all, I had sooo much fun as a Kode With Klossy Scholar 2020 and loved this whole experience...I feel even more motivated to keep dreaming big with my STEM goals and more excited to innovate and use my skills to incite social change! 

From this experience, I plan to directly share all the skills and knowledge I gained, with CodeHERS. Whether it is through hosting another more advanced HTML website building workshop, or a CSS 101 workshop, CodeHERS will be able to grow and learn from the insight I gained at camp. Part of the my motivation to participate in Kode With Klossy was to make connections and learn more to bring back to CodeHERS! More workshops and events are in the works, highlighting what I learned from KWK, so stay tuned for exciting things coming! 

Overall, I highly recommend the KWK program to any girl interested or passionate about STEM! Definitely something I will never forget!

Below is just a small snippet of some HTML we learned and also a schedule of content that we went over!

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Above is Karlie Kloss, the queen herself. She is the founder of Kode With Klossy and has been an advocate for teaching girls how to use their coding skills to make a social impact! If you didn't know, she is also a very successful supermodel and activist!

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Here is a peak at the home page of Tech Talk, the website my team and I coded for our final project! TechTalk, a website designed to help the elderly find resources on how to get online during the pandemic. The site thoroughly explains and outlines how to use their smartphones,both Apple and Android, along with basics to navigate a website, or connect to Wifi/Bluetooth! Seeing as everything is so much more virtually centered, now more than ever, is TechTalk so impactful. The older generation of people didn't grow up with the tech knowledge/experience as the current generation, putting them at a disadvantage during these times. Well, Tech Talk is here to help! 

Check out the full site here at TechTalk link below:

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The iconic Ashton Kutcher was one of the speakers in the speaker series!

Actually, Ashton is an angel investor and a founding partner of A-Grade Investments and Sound Ventures! He has been investing in tech for about a decade now!! The company's investment portfolio includes company's like Spotify, Uber, Airbnb, and Robinhood. It was amazing to hear his perspective on how he chooses companies to invest in, his nonprofit THORN which aids in preventing child trafficking, how he started investing in tech, and also cancel culture!

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Check out the Kode With Klossy website at the link below!

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All About Attending the 2020 Girl Up Leadership Summit! 

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Below are some of the amazing speakers we had the opportunity to see live!

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Former First Lady of the United States: Michelle Obama

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COO of Facebook:

Sheryl Sandberg

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In addition to hearing many famous CEOs, political figures, and famous actors speak, attendees were able to go to various workshops throughout the summit! In these workshops, topics like female empowerment, STEM activism, destigmatizing the idea of mental health, combatting gender based violence, importance of allyship in the fight for gender equality were all discussed and we got to hear from accredited experts on those subjects!

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The Girl Up Leadership Summit has been held in person for the past couple years, however, due to the pandemic, it was held virtually this year. Even under those circumstances, I learned so much and was able to listen to so many powerful women give their perspective on very prevalent topics like female empowerment, racial injustice, breaking gender norms, and being a leader during these uncertain times. In addition to the keynote speakers, as I previously mentioned, I was able to attend some very informative workshops that go more into depth on how to begin the social change we have all been talking about, along with others about the topics I listed in the previous caption above! Overall, this was such a unique experience and I feel that Girl Up was able to really make the most of the situation, and in the end, hosting a very beneficial event to all girls. Coming out of the Girl Up 2020 Summit, I felt empowered, inspired, motivated, curious, and ready to create/invent! CodeHERS will definitely be planning on attending the 2021 conference together! It's really just conferences and events like these that r keep lighting that spark of passion and creativity in all girls. CodeHERS fully supports and will persist in advocating for the female voice, breaking one gender norm at a time, whilst becoming the best female engineers we can be! 

" When girls rise, we all rise"

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More blogs coming soon! Check out the CodeHERS instagram for more updates! @gocodehers