South Africa’s largest online retailer, takealot.com has been a #FriendofCode4CT this year by sponsoring two Power of Coding workshops, hosting our learners at their Cape Town offices during a Data Science module and hosting the final showcase for our Grade 11 Front End Development and Data Science modules that took place during the April schools holidays. They also attended our Birthday Quiz Night Fundraiser in May.

In an effort to encourage young people to consider careers in technology fields, Code for Cape Town partnered with takealot.com, who opened its doors on the 13th of February to host 40 aspiring female coders for a 3-hour introductory coding workshop. The workshop highlighted career opportunities for coders, developed learners’ computational thinking ability, and even had them coding their first project. Learners came from several Cape Town schools including Westerford, Claremont High and Cape Academy for Maths, Science and Technology.

“As someone who doesn’t really know what I want to do, coding is definitely now an option,” said Fatima, Gr10.

As one of South Africa’s leading e-commerce companies and an innovative technology-led business, takealot.com has an ever-increasing number of roles that require ambitious engineers with strong coding skills.

“We’re excited to see more and more girls participating in Code for Cape Town and love the initiative as it really speaks to our business values”, said Julie-Anne Walsh, Chief Marketing Officer at takealot.com, “We encourage all young people to develop their coding skills as early as possible, along with a passion for maths. There are so many exciting career opportunities ahead of them – especially at Takealot where we face interesting technical challenges every day that need smart, ambitious engineers to solve complex problems.”

Cape Academy of Maths Science and Technology Grade 10 learners at the Power of Coding workshop

Cape Academy of Maths Science and Technology Grade 10 learners at the Power of Coding workshop

In the first week of the Grade 11 Data Science module, entitled CodeStorm, the learners were placed in companies who specialised in Front End Web Development. They were generously hosted by takealot.com and another company during the second week.

Grade 11 Learners stiking a pose in front of the Takealot Lego wall

Grade 11 Learners striking a pose in front of the takealot.com Lego wall

On the very last day of the Front End Development and Data Science Modules, takealot.com hosted a joint showcase in which all Grade 11 learners, both FED and Data Science, presented their work.

“Being at Takealot was really fun and gave us an insight on how to behave in a professional workspace. And everyone is really friendly.”

– Alison, Gr11

Takealot also attended our Birthday Quiz Night fundraiser on the 25th of May earlier this year. Tickets were valued at R250 per person; however, a program donation to the value of R500 per person or R2500 per team could have been made.

Overall, takealot.com has helped Code for Cape Town reach over 80 learners with coding for a total of 60 hours.

Code for Cape Town looks forward to continuing to work alongside takealot.com to empower young women through technology!

Follow this link to find out how YOU can become a #FriendofCode4CT.