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BCSWomen aims to set coding world record

News | Guinness world record | Gender imbalance | Female specialists

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BCSWomen, which is part of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, is aiming to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people learning to code an Android app.

As well as breaking the record, the event is aiming to encourage young women to consider a career in the IT sector, after a recent survey found that 79 per cent of respondents believe the industry would benefit from having more female specialists.

At the moment, women represent just 16 per cent of IT professionals. This figure has fallen sharply in recent years, pointing to a gender imbalance in the field.

For the record attempt, each event will be led by a member of BCSWomen, who will teach participants how to build Android apps using MT AppInventor. These sessions will be a combination of talks, activities and coding in order to highlight females’ fantastic knowledge of IT technology.

Gillian Arnold, chair of BCSWomen, said: “There is a real skills shortage within the IT profession that we need to address now. The BCSWomen App-a-thon event is a great way for every generation to have an opportunity to try their hand at coding and engage with those who are considering a career in IT.

“It is imperative that we encourage more women to enter the IT profession. Women and girls are massive users of technology however, they don’t realise they could be part of the profession that generates that technology.”

Ms Arnold went on to say that the gender imbalance is a “real issue”, adding that the industry needs to find ways to appeal to young girls and women. 

She emphasised that IT is at the “heart of everything we do” and that opportunities in the sector are “almost limitless”. 

IT is a profession women are good at, but more women need to be encouraged to enter the sector, Ms Gillian explained.


Posted by Jon Aspinell on 18th May 2015

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