In line with the strategy of keeping Kaizer Chiefs and supporters at the cutting edge of technological advances and innovation, Kaizer Chiefs is excited to announce its partnership with PinkCodrs Africa – which is an initiative that is challenging the current shortage of female software developers around the world by empowering women to become computer coders and helping build a strong network of female software developers around Africa.
PinkCodrs Africa, founded by Mbali Hlongwane, wants to help change the poor numbers of female developers in Africa by providing opportunities to women interested in coding and creating sustainable change in the software development industry.
Through this initiative with PinkCodrs, Kaizer Chiefs aims to initially upskill 20 women to grow the data science market, ensure that women have access to relevant information and skills that will enable women to shape the future
Now in its third year, the initiative in 2019 will focus on the four different events that will take place in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
The PinkCodrs initiative which aims to bring a number of different ladies who share their passion for IT together under one roof will host two types of events this year – Meet-ups and Workshops.
Meet-ups will take place in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban – with focus on Cloud, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
The first Meet-up will take place on 1 June, focusing on Cloud at Jozi Hub in Auckland Park in Johannesburg. It will be followed by three more on 20 July, 21 October and 23 November.
Apart from the Meet-Ups, there are Workshops for ladies for 50 ladies between the ages of 20 and 45 years. The workshops will focus on Data Science.
Various key industry leaders will address those attending the events, share their experiences and knowledge and give career guidance to budding coders.
The events will give attendees the opportunity to experience the exciting and everchanging world of technology and the different careers available to women.
“Much as we are a football club, Kaizer Chiefs’ aim is to always grow the business beyond just the field of play by introducing and building the brand within new markets and empowering women,” says Jessica Motaung, Kaizer Chiefs Marketing Director. “The involvement of women in technology is growing and we always believe in being at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution and the technological advances that are out there in the world.”
PinkCodrs has also partnered with a number of ICT companies to ensure that the programmes are a success. They include, Liquid Telecoms, SnakeNation, Huawei, and Microsoft.
Ladies who are interested in attending the first Meet-Up on Saturday 1 June at 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark are urged to register to book a place. The Meet-Up will kick off at 9am. Entrance is R35 per person.
After completing this course, attendees will be familiar with the following concepts and techniques: Data analysis and inference, Data science research design and Experimental data analysis and modeling. However, to complete this course successfully, they will need to have a basic knowledge of math, some programming experience (Python is preferred) and a willingness to learn through self-paced study.
“The partnership is the perfect platform for Kaizer Chiefs as trendsetters in our field,” adds Motaung. “We are truly excited about the project and hope to make the difference with our contribution to help upskill our ladies in IT.”
“We started with Gaming two years ago. Now coding is another exciting addition to our list new things the brand is involved with.” concludes Motaung,
Included in the course syllabus, the young ladies aged between 18 and 29 years, residing in Johannesburg will learn the following:
- The Research Process
- Planning for Analysis
- Research Claims
- Correlational and Experimental Design
Attendees have to be black, female, aged between 18 – 29 and must have matric.
Kaizer Chiefs’ Digital Manager, Kemiso Motaung concludes: “The club is proud to be associated with the PinkCodrs initiative and believes that through this collaboration, both brands can make impact in the drive to empower women in country.”