It was a great pleasure hosting and listening  Amali de Alwis talk : “Building Code First: Girls – how we taught 10,000 women how to code”. The event took place on the 10th of July.

We would like to thank Amali for the inspirational talk!


Amali De Alwis shared her experience of running  Code First: Girls, a social enterprise that works with companies and individuals to increase the proportion of women in tech. “Code First: Girls” is a  multi-award winning social enterprise that works to increase the number of women in tech and entrepreneurship by running free and paid coding courses and training events and advising companies on tech talent.

Under her leadership, Code First: Girls has taught more UK women to code than the British university system, providing £2.5 million worth of free technology education. She launched a campaign in December 2018 to teach 20,000 women to code for free by the end of 2020.

Amali De Alwis has spoken extensively about the need for more women in technology and the lack of computer science teachers in school education.


Amali de Alwis is currently UK Managing Director of Microsoft for Startups. De Alwis is a board member of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills and the Institute of Coding.  Amali de Alwis has been recognised the WISE Campaign for her “significant impact in encouraging girls to code”. She won the 2017 Women in IT award for her services to electronic skills. She was selected as Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in IT in 2018, after being in the top ten in 2017. Amali de Alwis was awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to diversity in technology.


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