As an ambitious internet company Comoyo have grown from 25 people to ca. 80 in 1.5 year, mostly through hiring engineers, and we have painfully experienced that finding female programmers is HARD!

Not that they’re not good enough, there just aren’t very many around to choose from. When recruiting for more senior tech lead roles, I’ve had headhunters deliver me long lists of up to 70 candidates, none of which were women. And this is in Norway, reputedly the second most gender equal country in the world. This year, we had a female summer intern, and we recently hired our first full-time female coder, but our ambitions are higher.

It’s an objective for us to have a good gender balance among our employees. First of all for the social atmosphere, but also to have development teams that are representative of our users. In addition, we think it’s important to have more women in the one industry that might impact our societies the most in the years to come - the world needs the ideas of women when it comes to how technology can be used to solve problems.

So why are there so few women in tech?

In our view, girls need to be made aware of the opportunities that lie in programming at an early stage, preferably in junior high/high school. In a recent article titled “Why don’t girls want to be geeks?” Carol Dawkins, an IT teacher, gives the following explanation:

Boys are more, 'Game on' - they don't mind if they make mistakes. They are more confident around the technology, whereas girls are a little bit shy, on the back foot before they start.

A lot of the misconceptions about programmers need to be adjusted, and we in the industry need to provide role models who can show that programming is both social, challenging and requires creativitiy and vision.  

This summer we stumbled across a cool project on Kickstarter: LadyCoders are three women with substantial tech careers who want to use their experiences to “put on a training seminar to show women how to bridge the gap between a computer science degree and programming skills, and a solid career in software and web development.” According to LadyCoders, “women lack mentorship at every single level of an information technology career.” The seminar will result in a DVD/downloadable movie and 20 free web videos.

So, we decided to pledge $250 to their campaign - and we encourage others to do the same! The campaign ends today, so hurry up.

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Get your CV reviewed - or get an interview with us!

In return for our pledge, we get to submit the CV of one lucky girl to the three LadyCoders, and have them review it and give feedback to the candidate, with the aim of improving her chance for getting job interviews. So, we want to invite all coder girls who are interested in improving their CV to send us an e-mail and say something like “I want to have an awesome CV!” and you might be drawn as the lucky winner!

If you are also interested in an internship, summer job or full-time job at Comoyo, attach your CV and our recruiter will get back to you.

What next?

We at Comoyo aim to work closely with the relevant communities here in Norway to give aspiring female programmers a good impression of what it’s like to work as a programmer here, and show what kind of opportunities lies in the world of code. We do a lot of fun stuff we think girls should be interested in. Stay tuned.

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