Help a girl learn to code!

Last year, “Learn IT, Girl”  had 118 amazing pairs accepted. Women from around the globe worked on learning 10 different programming languages and published their apps on their GitHub repositories. You can read some success stories in this blog and check some projects on our website.

Applications for the second edition opened a couple of weeks ago and we are excited about the big number of mentee applications we are receiving. However, we will be limited by the number of mentors who apply to accept mentees into the program. This is why this year we want to encourage you to apply as a mentor. Anyone with programming experience can apply to become a mentor.

We are welcoming everyone as a mentor because we want everyone to work together on lowering the gender gap. Mentoring is also an amazing learning experience. Remember when you first started programming? How exciting it was to start creating your own interactive projects from scratch? Wouldn’t it be great to help a girl build the same great things?

Applications will be open until January 18 and we encourage all of you to participate in this great experience! Don’t forget to join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter in the meantime to stay connected. If you have any questions, you can always contact us at learnitgirl.office@gmail.com

Thank you for making “Learn IT, Girl” an amazing project.

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Applications are open!

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It’s been a long time since the team started working on “Learn IT, Girl” second edition, from designing the application process to building the new website. Today, we can proudly announce that the applications for “Learn IT, Girl” second edition are open!

Do you want to learn a new programming language together with a mentor while building a project of your choice? Apply to become a mentee!

Do you want to help a girl learn a new programming language teaching her the best practices and tricks while building a project on Github? Apply to become a mentor!

Applications will be open until January 18 and we encourage all of you to participate in this great experience! Don’t forget to join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter in the meantime to stay connected.

Thank you for being part of “Learn IT, Girl”

The “Learn IT, Girl” team

Ready, set, Learn IT girls!

Anxious for another edition of “Learn IT, Girl”? So are we!

The last few months have been rather intense for the LITG team, in an organizational and in a structural sense. We’ve got new people on board envisioning this year’s edition and working on all the details to make it happen. We hope this will be visible when the new edition starts!

We are also happy to have finally sent out all the diplomas for the first edition mentors and mentees thanks to our partner Accredible, who will continue collaborating with us in the next edition. We hope you all have claimed your diplomas now! Feel free to contact us if you are having trouble doing so.

As you may know, we have been developing an Open Source web platform during the last months where the second edition will take place and we are proud to announce we just went live! Feel free to check our homepage, browse some of last edition projects, subscribe to our newsletter and fill in our programming languages survey to help us make the program better for you. The application period will start soon, so stay tuned!

If you would like to join us and collaborate in the organization or the development of the second edition, feel free to email us at learnitgirl.office@gmail.com

That’s it for now, and remember: ready, set, Learn IT girls!

The “Learn IT, Girl!” team

Getting ready for the second edition!

The first edition of  “Learn IT, Girl” was amazing. We had over two hundred applications and we could finally accept 118 mentees from almost 20 countries. Mentees worked on amazing projects on 10 different technologies along with the amazing mentors they were paired up with. We had mentees from very different backgrounds, from absolute beginners in the coding world to great coders wanting to learn a new language, but they all shared the same excitement and spirit.

Even though not all mentees completed their projects during the program, they created a relationship with their mentor to help them develop their skills. We had mentees who continued working after the program on their apps with the help of their mentor.

We have created this infographic to sum up what happened during “Learn IT, Girl” first edition, the impressions the mentees had and some of the wonderful projects they worked on.

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Stay tunned for the second edition of the program on a new web platform we are currently working on

Thanks for being part “Learn IT, Girl”

The “Learn IT, Girl!” team

Meet Ute Bracklow!

Before joining the Learn IT, Girl! scholars, Ute decided it was time for a career change: from a managerial role to learning web development. In her own words:


Ute BracklowI am living in Berlin. I have a Masters degree in North American Studies, Modern History and Psychology. The last years I have worked as Training Manager for different fashion retailers. Building structures and capacity for people development in an international environment was an exciting and rewarding challenge. I traveled a lot, got to meet and work with a lot of interesting and dedicated people. I decided to take a break from it last year. After travelling for a bit I returned to Berlin in autumn.

Coding was something that presented itself as an interesting new challenge. There is a whole new world to discover. I was interested in the people who actually make all the sites, programs and apps that we use everyday. Also this is something completely outside of my skill set. I have used parts of my brain during the last weeks that I haven’t used since I left school. I love learning new things, I have time now and so I thought – if I don’t try it now, I might never. So here I am learning Python :)/>


She was also kind enough to share her first steps into programming with us:


In 2014 I quit my job as Training Manager in fashion retail. After 6 months off-time coding was to be my new project. I knew VERY little. But living in Berlin I was curious about the tech and start-up scene – a world I had no connection to. LearnITGirl was my opportunity to test if coding is something for me. How much I can learn and achieve if I devote my energy and time to it.

When writing the application I couldn’t even make a good choice of which language to learn. Honestly I just didn’t know what they do. I had never heard of Python. The programs’ schedule was the structure I needed to go about. Having a mentor was the big bonus. Asking someone for help isn’t something I do easily. Now I had a “safe” person to go to. Especially in the beginning, Marcin was so helpful to give me orientation. We met via Skype, discussed my ideas and he encouraged me that it would be a good project to work on. Ready, steady, go!

GitHub was the first challenge. I had seen the kitten, but had never heard about the platform. I opened an account, downloaded it and completed a tutorial. Still it remained a mystery. I had never even worked with a command prompt. Marcin explained and sent me links to read up on basic internet architecture. Then I started to research online learning resources. There is a lot of free stuff on the internet. Deciding what to use took some time. I worked through different tutorials at the same time – and found myself quite overwhelmed after a week. So I decided for one and did it beginning to end. I also printed an actual book (paper!) as it was good to have something to scribble notes onto. After the first 2 weeks my conclusion was: there is so much that I don’t know! But also I wrote the first bits of code: a loop for registering and login in users – and I felt great when it worked! My next challenge was Django, the framework I would use. Another tutorial, long nights at the library, days of frustration – and big satisfaction when my project was online.

My project is not finished and I still know so little. But there is something on the net that I did – this is great and I am proud! I have decided to devote another 4-6 months to concentrate on coding. I started to build a local network by attending tech meet-ups –workshops, learning groups and female tech networking events. The project gave me sense of entitlement to go there “Hey, I am coding as well.” I found people to be open and supportive. And it is fun and inspiring to hear other peoples’ stories and projects. I would like to find a job in the tech industry – probably not as a coder right away – but I want to stay close and keep on learning more.


You can check out Ute’s project on GitHub!

Thank you very much Ute for participating and welcome to the programmers’ club 😀

Last day of Learn IT, Girl!

Time went by so fast! Today is the last day of the Learn IT Girl! program!

We’d like to thank all our mentors and mentees for being alongside us in this rewarding journey! It’s been a great time and an amazing experience seeing our mentees sharing tutorials, encouraging each other and then publishing their applications.

With regards to the future, we’re considering running a second edition of the Learn IT, Girl! program, probably next year. For it, we would like to build a web platform where more of the interaction between mentors, mentees and organisers should take place, as well as a gamification and tutorials infrastructure. If you would like to volunteer, or if you know anyone who would be interested, please reach out!

Thanks again for being part of this amazing journey!

The “Learn IT, Girl!” team

Meet Geetika Batra!

Today we’re featuring Geetika, one of our Learn IT, Girl! scholars who has successfully completed her project. She is a final year student in Electronics and Communication Engineering and her interests include programming and solving various problems associated with programming. She wants to work in game development, so she is learning 3D modelling as well. She plans to apply to Google Summer of Code, and she hopes that the programming experience of the past few months will help her as she codes over the summer.

Geetika’s implemented an application for keeping track of employees in an organisation. The source code is available on GitHub.

Here are a couple of words regarding her experience with the Learn IT, Girl! program that Geetika kindly shared with us:


“All you do is insignificant but it is important that you do it. Because nobody else will” – Mahatma Gandhi

Geetika Batra“Learn IT, Girl!“ is one such platform where some fine ladies took pride to teach girls who were seeking guidance. I am one such girl who was directionless before November 2014 and then out of the blue I came across this program and ‘Voila’, it was all I needed.

Initially I was in a dilemma, plenty of questions revolved my mind. Was I appropriate for the program? What if I don’t meet their expectations? Was I moving in right direction? “You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you”. And this program was something that mattered to me.

Well, then all my fears were insignificant when I got to know my mentor Małgorzata Borzęcka. She appeared to be an amazing lady. She helped me in the best possible way she could, created tutorials for me, helped me out solving errors, provided me with the best tutorials that were available.

“The Project”

The project I worked on was a web application in ASP.NET MVC and believe me it was not just ASP.NET MVC, I repeat quoting with air bunnies “It was not just about ASP.NET MVC”. In order to create this application I learned MS-SQL, Entity Framework and of course ASP.NET MVC.

But learning all of this at once was not that infuriated me, it was the little error in controller I was facing. Ohhk! it was a stupid error, but I spent ten days and ten to twelve hours each day, burned the midnight oil, but was nowhere near solution. And then finally, everything fell in place and I solved it.

The thing I learned the most in this ten day process was not to solve that little evil error, but it was the effort and the dozens of other things I learned while fishing for the solution. After this I recalled some words of my teacher. She told me that when you get stuck at something and someone else did it in the first attempt, keep in mind that when you do it the next time you would do it first because you know all the possible causes of error.

Well, being in touch with the community, I just was not just restricted to C# or .NET. Besides my original project, in response to a post on the page about Django girls tutorial, I learned it as well. Ohk! that was my curiosity taking the best out of me. But, at the end, I would like to thank my mentor Małgorzata Borzęcka and the ‘Learn IT, Girl!’ community for this amazing opportunity. You are doing a great job. I hope this program reaches infinity and beyond and keep on encouraging girls like that. I am proud for being a part of it. Cheers!!