Design the future: National Ladies Learning Code Day empowers women through UX Design

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Media Release

 

Windsor, ON – With great design comes great responsibility. That is why Canada Learning Code’s Windsor Chapter is inviting women to take part in the 7th annual National Ladies Learning Code Day on September 21.  This year’s #llcCodeDay theme is all about building web and app experiences for others as part of Canada Learning Code’s Equity #clcCode4Change initiative.

Why is designing for equity important? So that products and solutions are created to be as diverse as the population they serve and improve accessibility. Whether crash-test dummies for vehicle safety features, voice assistants that can recognize accented language, or to eliminate racial discrimination in artificial intelligence tools, a more equitable digital world will create a better world for us all.

This national initiative for women and female-identified people introduces coding and user experience design in a welcoming, friendly, social and collaborative environment. On September 21st, join 1,000+ learners across Canada who will learn how to build accessible digital experiences for others!

“Our workshops not only provide the skills required for the jobs of the future, they also help to build confidence needed to solve problems. Technology is constantly evolving so UX design has never been more important; we need to ensure we are creating applications that are inclusive to all.”

-Sarah Roddy, Chapter Lead, Windsor Chapter

 

Women in Tech

A study by TD Economics shows that while women have accounted for 30% of employment growth in STEM since 2010, they still make up less than one-quarter of employment in these occupations. National Ladies Learning Code Day is designed to introduce more women to coding and tech skills crucial for fully taking part in the digital economy, with the goal of closing the gender-gap.

What is UX anyways?

User experience (UX) design isn’t just about creating pretty or functioning websites - it’s about creative solutioning and trying to make people’s lives and experiences better. Learners will walk through the design cycle, including discovery, user testing, and user personas. Learners will also have a chance to experience different UX methods through hands-on exercises, including building physical and digital prototypes. Participants will learn how to make digital user experiences more accessible and equitable for consumers from all walks of life.

"As we look to the future and the growth of the Windsor-Essex economy, we know that it is critically important to continue to embrace technology and promote an inclusive work force so that we have the skills and the know-how to help us get out in front of the technology curve.  It is for this reason that the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation is proud to provide space to support local events organized by Canada Learning Code."

-Stephen MacKenzie, President and CEO, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation

 

Media are welcome to come be a part of National Ladies Learning Code Day and learn more about the importance of learning digital skills at an early age while being wowed by what girls can build in a day. Visit www.ladieslearningcodeday.com to learn more.

National Ladies Learning Code Day is Presented By:  Google.org and TD

 

About Canada Learning Code

Canada Learning Code is Canada's leading national charity championing digital literacy education. Placing a special emphasis on women, girls, people with disabilities, Indigenous youth and newcomers, Canada Learning Code is proud to work from coast to coast to make sure that all Canadians have access to the knowledge they need to prosper in our digital world.

Originally founded as Ladies Learning Code in 2011, the organization has evolved to run programming for adults, youth and educators through Ladies, Girls, Kids, Teens and Teachers Learning Code programs. Today, Canada Learning Code operates in over 35 communities across the country, driving results through program design and delivery, strategic industry and public partnerships, research and advocacy. To date, the organization has reached over 250,000 learners through an in-person experiences.

Media Contact:

Sarah Roddy, Windsor Chapter Lead, Canada Learning Code
519 566-7795
sarah.roddy@canadalearningcode.ca
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