Our team

Core team

Emma Dicks

Founder and Director

Emma is passionate about providing high quality education that enables young people to bring innovative ideas to life and play an active role in South Africa’s economy.

Aside from her work at Code4CT, Emma advocates for tech education through acting as an Ambassador for Africa Code Week and coordinating the #eSkills4Girls network in Africa.

Emma has been recognised on numerous prestigious listing including: Fast Company’s 30 Under 30, Mail & Guardian Top 200 South Africans, Brightest Young Minds, Destiny Magazine’s Power of 40, VentureBurn’s Top 31 South African Entrepreneurs and Marie Claire’s Game Changing Women.

She has been awarded the Queen’s Young Leaders Award for her work towards social justice which she received in June 2015 from her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Andrea Petersen

Operations Lead

Andrea thrives on seeing key players in the Code4CT ecosystem discover how they can make the greatest impact.

When she is not co-ordinating the Code4CT family she can be found enjoying the diverse cuisine and great outdoors that Cape Town has to offer.

Tegan Crous

Program Lead

Tegan heads up the high school program.

She is spurred on by a heart for people and seeing them pursue their potential in a safe, fun and nurturing environment.

She has experience working with youth in various formats and found herself in the tech industry quite by mistake, but with no regrets.

Tegan has a long history with the organisation and she has delighted in being part of its impact and growth.

Tracy-Anne Sikenjana

Leadership Program Manager

Tracy joined the Code4CT program in 2015 and then matriculated from Rustenburg Girls’ High in 2016. She decided to intern with Code4CT to give back to an organisation that had a large impact on her personal growth and development. During her time at Code4CT she facilitated coding classes, headed up the Ambassador programme and assisted with all program operations and logistics. She believes in helping young girls realize the potential they have to become game changers in their local communities.

Teaching team

Skilled

Code for Cape Town’s teaching team is made up of trained facilitators who are either working in the industry as developers or studying Computer Science or Information Systems at tertiary institutions such as UCT, UWC and CPUT.

Passionate

Our facilitators are passionate about teaching and seeing Code for Cape Town participants grow in their professional and personal development.

Fun

Facilitators create a light-hearted atmosphere, with fun icebreakers and energisers, and zany examples during lessons.

Interns

Stanford University

Tiara Gaillard

Field of Study:

Science, Technology & Society and African & African American Studies

Duration of internship:

January – March 2017

During her time at Code4CT she pioneered the “Careers with Code” series, upgraded the bursary handbook, and contributed to fundraising efforts.

Benjamin Antin

Field of Study:

Electrical Engineering

Duration of internship:

January – March 2017

During his time at Code4CT, he worked on an aptitude test that would help to identify students who would thrive in the Code4CT program.

Brandon Williams

Field of Study:

Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and Education

Duration of internship:

January – March 2017

During his time at Code4CT, he assisted with marketing and branding for The Innovation Academy, helped train facilitators for Code4CT workshops, as well as observed and constructively critiqued Power of Coding workshops.

Vicki Niu

Field of Study:

Computer Science

Duration of internship:

January – March 2017

She has a passion for introducing women to Computer Science. Vicki used her skills to help develop new lessons for Code4CT classes and developed a handbook for fundraisers.

Shiriel Abramson

Field of study:

Sociology and American Studies

Duration of internship:

July – August 2017

During her time at Code4CT, she collaborated with a fellow intern to create a guide to assist learners when applying to American Colleges, headed up a website update, and served as blog editor.

John Mitchell

Field of Study: Computer Science and Education

Duration of internship:

July – August 2017

During his time at Code4CT, he worked on improving the process for identifying potential Code4CT students, collaborated with a fellow intern to design a guide for learners who are applying to American colleges and generated blog content on hot topics in education technology.

Crystal Escolero

Field of Study:

Symbolic Systems and Human Computer Interaction

Duration of internship:

July – August 2017

During her time at Code4CT, she designed a machine learning workshop, refined existing beginner JavaScript curriculum, and created blog content. She is now looking forward to using what she’s learned at Code4CT to be a strong Curriculum and Outreach lead for Stanford’s Girls Teaching Girls To Code in the 2017-2018 school year.

Kerry Wang

Field of study:

Computer Science

Duration of internship:

January – March 2016

During her time at Code4CT she assisted with curriculum generation for the JavaScript module, managed site logistics for the American Corner classroom and launched a Thundafund fundraising campaign.

University of Toronto

Zoë David-Delves

Field of study:

Global Affairs

Duration of internship:

May – August 2017

Zoë was born and raised in St Vincent and the Grenadines. She chose to intern at Code for Cape Town to learn about forming and running a gender-focused grassroots NGO in the developing world. During her time at Code4CT she organised the grade 11 Front End Development module and created and submitted financial grant applications.

Margie Magbitang

Field of study:

Commerce

Duration of internship:

May – August 2017

Margie was born and raised in the Philippines. During her time at Code4CT, she developed a recruitment handbook for partner organizations and organized the Grade 11 Data Science holiday program.

Kai Zhao

Field of study:

Finance

Duration of internship:

June – September 2017

During his time at Code4CT, he helped as a teaching assistant for Dream Factory Foundation, supported the Raspberry PI workshops during Code Camp and placed graduates from our partner organisation’s coding academy, CodeSpace, into internships as junior web developers.

Amin Azad

Field of study:

Industrial Engineering and Business Management

Duration of internship:

June – September 2017

During his time at Code4CT he supported the Raspberry Pi workshops on Code Camp, designed curriculum for high school students relating to Ideation and Human Centered Design and assisted with a website update.

Independent interns

Christina Brühl

Field of study:

Communication and Computer Science

Duration of internship:

April – June 2017

During her studies in Berlin she realized how few girls shared the classroom with her. She decided to join Code4CT to help to form a network that empowers other girls to learn more about technology and get creative. During her time at Code4CT she organised a Birthday Quiz Fundraiser, designed the grade 10 Code Week handbook and helped establish the Ambassador Program.

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We are not currently hiring, but we are always on the lookout for future team members. If you see yourself as part of our team in the future, kindly fill in the form below to indicate your interest.

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