Helping women into technology with Pink Programming
Pink Programming, a not-for-profit organization located in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Oslo, aims to encourage more women into technology through coding events. The summer and winter training camps are typically held in beautiful countryside surroundings, and feature activities such as canoeing, hiking and skiing in addition to the technical workshops.
Katarina Berg, software developer at Axis in Lund and a volunteer at Pink Programming, explains: “We want to inspire more women to start coding. We have created a forum with empathy and a positive atmosphere. It is a welcoming and inclusive environment for women and others who do not feel represented among programmers on account of their gender.”
Axis is a sponsor of Pink Programming, in addition to encouraging employees such as Berg to volunteer to help organize, run and instruct at training camps. For instance, Axis hosts Pink Programming Sunday events at the Axis headquarters, where women meet up and code together for a day. And while more women entering the technology sector directly benefits Axis, it is the broader benefits that Berg sees as being most valuable.
She continues: “Getting more women into the IT sector is not just an important question for Axis but for society in general. A more uniform gender distribution benefits individuals, companies and society, as well as bringing much needed additional skilled employees into the workplace. Experience also tells me that results are much better if more individuals with different perspectives contribute to developments.”