I first dipped my toe into this new world at a SheSaysMCR event last year at SpacePortX. I was shocked by a number of things: how welcoming everyone was, how interesting the people were and how much they aligned with my own mind-set. I got in touch with the girls afterwards (who are incredible by the way) and wrote a blog about my initiative to encourage more girls to take on Computer Science and since then things have only gone up. I'll be speaking at the next SheSaysMCR event myself and from April will be holding a monthly event bringing together technical women.
I've worked in Technology for over four years and last September, I took time out to start developing coding skills. Most recently I've managed to build an Android app, a Java application and two websites. However, what I repeatedly noticed was that I was a in a minority. If you think about your own working environment and the number of female developers, the situation is probably the same and it needs to change.
Becoming a part of this community has provided me with an environment which revolves around positivity and persistence. Being able to come down to SpacePortX as well as Drinkabout on a regular basis, has meant that not only are more people hearing about what I'm trying to change but are actively becoming involved, helping and supporting more than I could have imagined. As you'll have heard on numerous occasions, Manchester is a pretty amazing place to be in right now and I'm hugely excited about the impact that I can make here.