Frequently Asked Questions
What is she codes;?
she codes; is a community of women in technology, created to achieve an equal number of women and men software developers in Israel. Founded in 2013 by Ruth Polachek, today she codes; has approximately 20,000 members. Our members include developers who want to advance their skills and network with other women in high-tech, women who want to learn software development or make a career shift into high-tech, and high school students who are learning to program.
We operate over 30 branches all over Israel. Branch activities include tracks to learn programming skills, group projects with support from community team members, lectures on technology, events with Inspirational Women, career advising and more. Volunteer opportunities at she codes; contribute to the personal and professional development of members. Among the roles, volunteers may manage branches, plan events, and develop learning tracks, along other duties.
What happens at each branch meetup?
Participants program at each meetup. Whether you’re there to learn a new programming language through one of the tracks, work on a personal project, or finish homework, she codes; provides an excellent environment to learn and program alongside a community of women who study and learn together. The meetups are a space both for women with a background in programming and women who are learning to code for the first time. The community of she codes; is open to all women.
Can I start coming to meetings anytime?
If you are new to she codes; you must attend a tracks opening meeting as your first learning meeting. The tracks opening meeting is very important and includes an introduction to she codes; staff at the branch, other participants, and learning materials, so it is important to attend this meeting first.
What should I bring to the meetings?
The lessons are designed for self-study; you will need a laptop and headphones. You’ll use the laptop to watch lectures and write code and the headphones to listen to lectures without disturbing your fellow group members.
Do I need to sign up before I come?
Yes, joining our tracks requires registration via our website.
In what languages are the tracks offered?
The tracks are written in Hebrew and English, and the online lectures and external links are in English. Programming languages are all based on English. There is a difference between spoken English and technical English, and even an English speaker might come upon new terms from the technological world.
Who can join she codes; activities?
she codes; tracks, branches and events are open to our community of women.
Girls between 9th and 12th grade may join our next generation branches, more details may be found on our website at www.she-codes.org/the-next-generat
Can I bring children?
Sure! We support women at she codes; therefore children are always welcome to join you. Please make sure to keep quiet and not disturb the other learning members in the branch.
Can I bring a dog?
Depends on the branch-some branches are dog-friendly. You may ask in the branch Facebook group if they can accommodate animals.
What will I get once I complete a track?
You may choose to be tested, for a nominal fee, on your knowledge and project. If you pass, you will receive a certificate of completion. Even without a certificate, you will gain valuable programming experience, have projects you can add to your growing portfolio, benefit from the excellent reputation she codes; has in the high-tech industry, and of course make connections with other talented women in the industry.
I am an experienced programmer, is she codes; right for me?
Yes! she codes; is open to programmers of all levels. Advanced programmers are welcome to learn a new language, join project branches, work on personal or professional projects, participate in our hackathons, network with other programmers, find partners for an initiative, and attend she codes; lectures and events. You can also volunteer in a role that requires a professional background.
How can I join the she codes; team?
There are many ways to join the she codes; team. The organization and all of its branches are managed and operated by volunteer staff. Available staff positions include technical and non-technical roles.
If you are already a participant in one of our branches, please speak to your branch managers about joining our team. If you aren’t a member of a specific branch, please fill out this form and our Roles Manager will contact you when a suitable role is available.
What types of lectures and events does she codes; offer?
We have a variety of events and workshops for women of all skill levels and career stages. We host coding skills workshops, talks by inspirational women, and lectures on career strategy. Some lectures are offered in English and others in Hebrew. Keep updated by following our main www.facebook.com/codesshe
What ages can join?
Regular she codes; branches are open to members ages 18+. she codes; Next Generation branches are open to high school students who want to learn to code or get help with computer science homework. For those branches, bring a signed permission slip to the first meeting, which can be found here.
What if there isn’t a she codes; track for what I want to learn?
You are welcome to come to any branch to study independently and meet talented women with various technological backgrounds. You can help one another and share your knowledge. There is no need to pre-register should you arrive to work on a project or do your homework.
What tracks are there, and what will I learn in each one?
The tracks are as follows: Android Application – using Java; Web Development (Client Side); Python – programming basics with Python; and Data Analysis -using Python. The last track requires previous knowledge of Python. Other tracks are suitable for women with no programming experience and are available at no charge. We offer the tracks in more than 30 branches all around the country. Further details about our tracks can be found at www.she-codes.org/#tracks
What track should I choose? What if I don’t have programming experience?
Except for the Data Analysis track, all tracks are appropriate for women without programming experience. The choice of track is up to you and depends on what field you’d like to work in, or what interests you most. You can read more about each track on our website. When you arrive at the tracks opening meeting you can ask the track managers any questions you have.
What happens if I miss one of the meetings?
Persistence is the key for success. If you have to miss a meeutup, we ask that you let your track manager at your branch know ahead of time and then make up the meetup at one of the other branches that week. The meetups cannot be made up at any of for the following branches as they are at maximum capacity: IBM, Soluto, Haifa University, Daliat el Carmel and Nazareth.
Before your arrival, make sure your track is available at the branch and join the branch’s FB group to stay updated. Notify the welcome coordinator upon your arrival.
I was unable to attend the tracks opening at the beginning of the month. May I still join the track?
The tracks opening meeting is very important and includes an introduction to she codes; staff at the branch, other participants, and learning materials. Hence you may not join a track after it has begun, and must wait until the next track opening .
New tracks open every 3 months during the first week of the month. Dates for track openings and registration are updated on our website a month before the new tracks start. More information can be found at www.she-codes.org
Can I join a Haredi branch if I am not Haredi?
There is no option to join the Haredi branch, the branch is located within a Haredi institution and is meant solely for this community. There are other branches in Jerusalem that you may join.
Is there a fee?
she codes; tracks are available at no charge. You can choose to be tested on your knowledge and your final project for a nominal fee once you have completed the track and your final project. If you pass, you will receive a certificate of completion. The certificate is not mandatory!
What are Next Generation Branches?
Regular she codes; branches are open to members ages 18+. she codes; Next Generation branches are open to high school students grades 9-12 who want to learn to code or get help with computer science homework. Students must bring a signed permission slip to the first meeting.