Our Story


Our Co-Founder and CEO, Ally Watson is a backend developer by trade and has always loved working in tech. Despite her love for the field, she often experienced first hand the isolation and barriers associated with being a woman in a male-dominated industry.

Founded in 2015, Code Like A Girl began as a way for Ally to meet other women who code. Having moved to Australia from Scotland, Ally wanted to form strong connections and female friendships so she decided to host her own event – one specifically for women in tech. She had no idea that one event would turn into many and become the humble beginnings of Code Like A Girl

In 2016, our Co-Founder and COO Vanessa Doake joined the Code Like A Girl team. While not having worked previously in tech, gender equality and the protection of human rights was always a common thread throughout Vanessa’s career.  With Vanessa at the forefront of operations, the Code Like A Girl team is built on respect, empathy, trust and creativity.

Both Vanessa and Ally believe that no one should miss out on education for any reason – whether socioeconomic or other, which is why Code Like A Girl focuses on making tech accessible, inclusive, open and, most importantly, fun. It helps that they both have a great sense of humour and know that a good breakfast makes for a good day.

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