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News  8, May 2013

FemaleDev empowers female developers in turning ideas into reality

FemaledevA new digital effort in Indonesia, FemaleDev focuses on helping female developers get ahead in the game and create apps and products using their skills.

FemaleDev is a community that fosters support among female developers in Indonesia. Initiated by Yansen Kamto and Lidya Fitri Novianti of digital consulting company KibarKreasi, the community encourages women to better envision their dreams and pursue these by developing a definite output, such as apps, platforms, services and websites.

The duo believes that women are capable of building things not only for themselves, but also for the greater good. As such, the community exists to foster an environment whereby women get to understand technology better and work on their own visions and ideas.

Yansen, who is also Google Business Group (GBG) Champion for Indonesia, said that all sessions they’ve conducted so far are hands-on workshops that last for three to four hours, which differentiates them with similar communities that focus on women, such as Girl in Tech for example.

FemaleDev Initiators: Lidya and Yansen

FemaleDev Initiators: Lidya and Yansen

FemaleDev’s tagline is Girls don’t just wanna have fun, but we create useful stuff and have fun while doing it! All events that the community has hosted across Indonesia are done in partnership with local tech startup communities and higher education institutions, such as”Build Your Own Game with HTML5″ in Jakarta. It constitutes basic knowledge a developer needs to master to build a game using the canvas technique. The session covers basic sprite animation and collision detection.

“Offline Cache and Web Storage” was held in state-owned university in Surabaya ITS exploring the how-to on creating offline web apps through manifest file cache.

Commenting further on all the topics that have been delivered, Yansen admitted that the focus is on Google development technologies, which is open and cross-platform. It explores the world of Google Developer tools set for those who would like to take the advantage without any charge.

The frequency of the programming classes is quite intense, at two sessions per month. And most of these require basic skills and knowledge such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS as the prerequisites.

Jogja and Semarang had the chance to host “Angular JS” workshops held at STMIK AMIKOM and Udinus, respectively. Incorporated with Jogja community Bancakan, the attendees learned how to build Rich Web Applications using Javascript MVC Framework as one of web development solutions with higher user interaction.

A recent event featured is the FemaleDev Day Out “Woman Entrepreneurship in Technology” on Indonesia’s Kartini Day on April 21.  In collaboration with GBG and Google Developer Group Jakarta, it brought women together in a meet-up to inspire them in reaching their full potential in technology and business.

FemaleDev event on Woman Entrepreneurship in IT

Lydia emphasizes that there will still be a number of sessions throughout the year, which gives local female developers the opportunity to teach, learn, code and network within their fellow developers.

Featured image credits: Lydia Novianti

Goutama Bachtiar

Goutama Bachtiar

Goutama is a Technologist, Consultant, Trainer, Writer & Courseware Developer mostly in enterprise space. Having written for a number of other outlets on technology and business, he is fascinated with Tech Investment and Social Tech. The e27 Senior Contributing Writer based in Jakarta counts travel, culture, culinary, coffee and soccer among his myriad interests.

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