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The Real Girl Code

An all-girls hackathon aimed at middle school and high school students happening on May 5th at the Jonah Group office in Toronto.

The Issue

Why is The Real Girl Code important?

Technology jobs are among the fastest growing in the world. They are predicted to grow by 15 to 20 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is more than any other industry. However, not enough girls are filling these jobs.

            -        Women earn only 28 percent of computer sceince degrees.

            -        Fewer than one in five women hold technology jobs.
            -        After peaking in 1991 at 36 percent, the rate of women in computing roles has been                       in a steady decline. Today, it’s only 24 percent. If we don’t act now, this number will                       diminish to virtually nothing.

The gender inequality issue in computer science and other STEM-related fields is evidently caused by a disconnect between the industry and the message girls receive about their ability to succeed.
We need to make a change and now is the time to do it. The Real Girl Code aims to kickstart this cultural shift in Toronto.


What is The Real Girl Code?

We're an all-girls hackathon aimed at middle school and high school students located in Toronto happening in Spring 2018.

The Real Girl Code aims to provide opportunities for girls across the Greater Toronto Area to explore or deepen their understanding in computer science by cultivating a supportive community. We strongly believe that the first step for girls to feel truly confident is to break gender stereotypes by creating an environment where no girl has to fit into any gender role and can be or do anything she can possibly dream of.

Get involved today.

Register as an attendee or volunteer.


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon”. Anyone who has an interest in technology attends a hackathon to learn, build and share their creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. You don’t have to be a programmer and you certainly don’t have to be majoring in Computer Science.

Who can participate?

All middle school and high school girls in the Greater Toronto Area are welcome! If you are not a middle school or high school girl but would still like to be involved, please contact us!

When and where is The Real Girl Code?

The Real Girl Code will take place at The Jonah Group on Saturday May 5th, 2018 from 9 am to 5 pm.

How much does it cost to attend The Real Girl Code?

Thanks to our sponsors, The Real Girl Code is completely free! That’s right, it’s free! In addition, we’ll also be providing snacks, lunch, and cool swag!

What if I've never been to a hackathon?

No worries! The Real Girl Code is open to coders of all levels! We will have workshops that will introduce you to coding and mentors who will be more than willing to help! 

What should I bring?

Just bring a laptop, a power cord, yourself, and a positive attitude!

Where can I find the consent forms?

Please bring a signed copy of this student consent form or volunteer/mentor consent form to the hackathon.

Where can I find a code of conduct?

Our code of conduct can be found here.

Where can I find the schedule?

Our schedule can be found here. Please note that it is subject to change.

Have any other questions?

Contact us!


Thank you to all our sponsors for making this event possible!

The Jonah Group is an independent consulting firm that designs and builds high-performance custom digital solutions, placing emphasis on great user experience, robust architecture, and a perfect fit. For over 16 years, we’ve worked with big brand clients to transform the field of ideas into thoughtful custom solutions that deliver strategic advantage.

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