We are GirlCode

The best time to get girls into tech was 20 years ago, the next best time is now.

We offer a fun approach to learning. It involves interaction with the community from infancy encouraging communication and collaboration. We host hackathons, workshops, digital literacy short-courses, mentorship, knowledge-sharing sessions with well-known speakers and much more. Our sessions are targeted at young women but all genders and ages are welcome to attend and share what they have learned.



GirlCode SME Program

GirlCode partnered with AWS CloudStart to help female owned tech companies get started by providing resources that will allow them to learn about AWS Cloud, while maintaining the highest levels of security and privacy at a low cost to customers.

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GirlCode Hackathon

GirlCodeHack is an annual event where computer programmers including graphic designers, interface designers, business analysts and project managers, collaborate intensively to develop software and hardware prototypes.

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Digital Literacy

GirlCode Digital Literacy is a short-course training initiative that provides an introduction of basic computer and internet literacy to women with few or no computer skills. The programs’ main focus is to teach these skills to under privileged women.

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Developing Skills

Develop and deliver skills training programs in the software development industry.

Transfer of Knowledge

Transfer knowledge and skills to develop a professional attitude in learners.

Empowering Young Women

Equip young women with the skills to be confident to pursue a career in software development.

Empowering Diversity

Empower women from different backgrounds. Encourage them to work collaboratively. Watch them shine while creating new innovative and sustainable solutions.



Lorna Nqodi: The San Francisco Experience

GirlCode Hackathon 2017 The opportunity of travelling overseas certainly satisfied a desire I had been longing for, for a long time. My adventure began the day before the hackathon at the Cape Town airport. I remember reaching for my Id from my back-pack’s side pocket and realizing I had not put it back in the […]

Ednecia Matlapeng: My Journey as a woman in tech

I was born in a small township called Boitekong in Rustenburg, where no one I knew owned a computer. There were very few sources of entertainment for us growing up. One of my favourite hobbies was picking up any paper with text on it and reading it out loud, regardless of what the topic was […]

Fadzai Mupfunya: My Trip to Microsoft San Francisco

Imagine my excitement when I heard we were going to Microsoft San Francisco, the mastermind behind Windows and well Microsoft itself (amongst all their other great creations). I was ecstatic as I could not believe I was going to visit their base, The Silicon Valley Office. The actual office we visited was just a 20 […]

San Francisco GirlCode Trip 2017

The GirlCode trip San Francisco sponsored by Standard Bank, was truly an amazing trip in every sense. We arrived in the USA on the Sunday afternoon of the 15 of October. Tired and a bit jet lagged we went straight to bed, in order to shake off the jet lag that came  about from travelling […]

Meet GirlCoder: Wits student Tsitsi Primrose Marote

3rd year student in Computational and Applied Mathematics at the University of Witswatersrand. “I joined the hackathon this year as a means to learn, see how well I can work under pressure, and to bond with my friends over code. It was amazing how much I learnt in just one weekend – and I was amazed […]

GirlCode Workshop Elevator Pitch: It’s time to tell your story

 On Saturday ,30 September 2017, GirlCode hosted its last Workshop for the year with the Elevator Pitch. “The idea to introduce workshops was conceived following feedback from participants in previous years’ hackathon. We know that women and girls enter the GirlCode Hackathon for fun, but we also know they do so to improve their skills. […]