Founder of 23 Code Street, Anisah Osman Britton, talked to us about diversity in the workplace and how she is making coding accessible to women.
Anisah Osman Britton has been taking on the tech world since founding her own company at the age of 19, winning her the title of the IPA's Young Entrepreneur of the Year. It was then that she began teaching herself to code. When she started work at startup and innovation accelerator, The Bakery, she realised that she could no longer ignore the inequality and lack of diversity in the tech industry. With this in mind, Anisah set out to make coding accessible to women, founding 23 Code Street and running the first classes in the summer of 2016.
23 Code Street runs a 12-week course where students are taught the basics on becoming developers. They learn in an informal, inclusive environment designed to "counteract the problems of learning in a male-dominated industry." At the heart of 23 Code Street lies Anisah's belief that a diverse workforce, which is representative of our society, is necessary to breed "inclusive and accessible innovation".
Looking further afield, Anisah and her co-founder Tom Salmon (founder of The Bakery) send 10-15% of profits to India, to pay for women in the slums of Mumbai to be taught digital skills. The emphasis is on learning new skills, not necessarily to become a developer, but to open new doors and transfer those skills to other industries.
Anisah joined us for for breakfast in the conservatory at Dishoom Carnaby, to talk about workplace diversity, and discuss her upcoming projects and goals for 23 Code Street.
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Start:13th June, 2018 at 9:30am
End:13th June, 2018 at 11:00am