Advancing Women in Technology

In 2016 women represented 59 percent of the workforce, but on average only represent 30 percent of the workforce at major technology companies. As the technology sector continues to grow, statistics highlight that women remain underrepresented for a variety of reasons.

However in today’s post, and as a director of engineering, I am sharing how Nintex is supporting the advancement of women in technology by looking more closely at women engineers in our Kuala Lumpur office.

For more than 2 years, I’m proud to share that Nintex has been a partner of the Women Who Code organization in Kuala Lumpur.

Women Who Code

Women Who Code is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers by creating a global, connected community of women in technology. Its size tripled in 2013, and it’s grown to be one of the largest communities of women engineers in the world.

The organization provides women access to programs and services that help grow their careers in technology.

Last month, Nintex hosted our third Woman Who Can Code workshop of the year with volunteer facilitators from PyCon at our office. The purpose of these workshops is to educate and empower women to grow their careers and thrive in technology. ­Women from various backgrounds and technical skills, all who have an interest growing careers in technology, attended the workshops.

Women Who Code Nintex

This year’s sessions were focused learning programming language – in this case, Python. If you aren’t familiar with Python, it’s one of the most-widely used programming languages for general-purpose programming. These sessions are hands-on, where the attendees are taught step-by-step through the modules.

The first sessions covered the fundamentals of the Python programming language. The second covered more in-depth programming concepts, and our third session covered automated testing using Python.

In each of these workshops, on average there were about 30 external attendees, and about 6-8 Nintex employees participating. We have plans to host more events too.

As a woman who codes, I’m honored to work at Nintex and to have the ongoing opportunity to empower software engineers, both women and men, to grow their careers.

 

Interested in an engineering role at Nintex? See our open positions here.

Laavanya Kathiresen

Laavanya is the Director of Engineering at Nintex, working on our offerings for SharePoint and Office 365. She enjoys delivering quality products, developing talents and looking for ways to improve engineering practices.