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codebar’s Year in Review 2020

2020 has been a challenging but ultimately rewarding year for codebar. We have achieved a few milestones this year that we have been working towards for a while, like becoming a registered charity. We also proved to ourselves how resilient we are in the face of immense challenges. But, most importantly we were reminded of the strength of our community who rallied around us in a difficult time.

At the beginning of the pandemic in Europe and North America, as our hosts started canceling in-person workshops, we found ourselves having to rethink how we run our events. In the span of a few weeks, we had migrated all of our workshops online and came up with the current virtual workshops format. This required immense work from the admin team as well as chapter organisers, who had to rapidly adapt to the new format. We were amazed by the way our community came together and supported us while we figured out this new way forward and the encouragement, guidance and feedback they gave us along the way. …


We are extremely excited to announce codebar Festival, a new 3-day 100% virtual event where each day will have a different focus; coding, career, and wellness. And like any festival, there will be lots going on over the 3 days from talks, panels, workshops, interactive sessions, and social lives.

As the vast majority of you, our members, voted they prefer events to take place over the weekend, and this is a 3-day event, we decided to run codebar Festival from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th of March. …


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Alex is a Software Engineer at Ravelin, she started attending codebar in May 2018 as a student before completing the Makers Bootcamp. She then started organising the Oxford codebar chapter before moving to London and becoming an organiser for that chapter.

You can find Alex on the internet at:

GitHub | LinkedIn

1) What did you want to be growing up?

I didn’t really know. I’ve struggled to find a career that felt like the right fit and remained interesting.

2) When did your interest in tech start?

I worked in Finance and then in recruitment where everyone always talked about “how computers will take over and we won’t have jobs”. I thought working on the other side would be more future proof. …


7 years…WOW! We’re not entirely sure how that happened or where time has gone. On Wednesday 23rd October 2013 we ran our very first codebar workshop in London hosted by the team over at Revoo with 16 people.

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This wasn’t from our firstworkshop but it’s one of the earliest pictures we can find. Taken on December 14th 2013.

Things have grown and changed a lot since then, but our mission still remains. Creating a safe environment for minority group members to learn to code.

Since our first workshop, we have started codebar chapters in 35 cities around the world, and helped over 12,100 students learn to code. To celebrate our birthday we’re extremely happy to launch our new stats website. This website pulls data straight from our database so we can see how things are progressing and growing. …


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Chipo is a Technology Graduate at The NET-A-PORTER Group. She started attending codebar in 2018 as a student, and after securing her first developer job came back to codebar as a coach in August.

You can find Chipo on the internet at:

GitHub | Website

  1. What did you want to be growing up?

I was really into media as a child. I pored over magazines, made tons of scrapbooks, recorded my favourite music videos or tv shows, and watched them over and over. I even loved adverts, the Charlie girls were a favourite, haha. …


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Rianna is a software engineer at Gousto; the food box delivery service. She started attending codebar as a student in August 2019, before deciding to do the Makers 14 week Bootcamp.

You can find Rianne on the internet at:

Twitter | GitHub | Medium

  1. What did you want to be growing up?

A fashion designer! Unfortunately, when I asked to do that for work experience in year 10, I was gently told that fashion designers don’t really operate out of Eastbourne (the small seaside town that I grew up in), so instead, I went to a law firm and ended up becoming a lawyer. …


We won’t mention the big C word in this post, as we’ve heard it enough already but let’s say it’s kept us on our toes here at codebar. Ever since our first workshop venue canceled on us at the beginning of March we’ve had to adapt. We knew that this situation would not be over in a few weeks so we had to do something to ensure we could still help people with their coding journey.

There was one thing that was absolutely certain at the beginning — we would still run workshops for people! We know our students and coaches enjoy the regularity of our workshops, and we know with this downtime a lot would still be learning to code. So it was a no brainer for us to run virtual workshops. …


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Alexandra is a Software Development Engineer at Findmypast, she attended her first codebar back in April 2019. Since then she has completed a course with Code First Girls and is a recent graduate of the 16-week Founder and Coders Bootcamp.

You can find Alexandra on the internet at:

Twitter | Website

1)What did you want to be growing up?

I don’t think I ever settled on one thing! I wanted to be a singer, a professional synchronised swimmer, a civil rights lawyer, an aid worker… I never imagined I’d become a software developer.

2) When did your interest in tech start?


That’s right, after 14 months of lots of paperwork and legal conversations we are very happy to announce that codebar is now a registered charity 🎉🎉🎉.

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Our West London codebar chapter at Twitter HQ

A bit of background, when codebar was incorporated in 2013 we were a Limited Company by Guarantee, which means that there were no shares and no capital. However, with this structure came one big restriction. Money! We were simply not getting enough of it, and the company structure did not allow us to fundraise effectively.

codebar events will ALWAYS be free for community members, running free events for minority groups and helping them break into tech will forever be our number one focus. But that doesn’t mean that codebar costs £0 to operate; expenses include our Heroku bill, emails, various other bits of software, stickers ETC. …


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Szilvi is a Junior Software Engineer at Capgemini, she started attending codebar in the summer of 2018 as a student and is also a Makers Alumni.

You can find Szilvi on the internet at:

Twitter | GitHub

  1. What did you want to be growing up?
  2. First, I wanted to be a Jedi, and when I realised that that wasn’t going to happen, I wanted to be a vet, but then in high school, I realised that I didn’t like Biology that much, so I didn’t really know what I wanted to be. …

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codebar is a non-profit initiative that facilitates the growth of a diverse tech community by running free weekly programming workshops.

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