The world of computing and software development may now be dominated by men, however, women in the UAE are going against the norm. Additionally, the online tuition-free programming school 42 Abu Dhabi, which is part of an international network, is run by women tech enthusiasts who are passionate about encouraging more women to enter a subject they see as important for the future of the United Arab Emirates and of the world. Hamda Al Wahedi, an Emirati learner at 42 Abu Dhabi, said to Gulf News: “I had no previous education in coding, but throughout my study at 42 Abu Dhabi, I have been able to design two games and an app for communication.” One of my [goals] is to excel and serve as an example for other women developers, according to Hamda Al Wahedi, a 28-year-old Emirati graduate at 42 Abu Dhabi. “Women have to be [inspired to study coding and software creation] by seeing other women proving themselves in this field,” she told Gulf News.
The future is automation
Women naturally excel at analytical and critical thinking. I think automation of manual activities and the rise of technology are where the future is headed, which is why I want to study more about machine learning as well as artificial intelligence, said Maha Al Hosani, a 23-year-old coder at the school. The two ladies are just a few of the many students that attend 42 Abu Dhabi, with one of the greatest ratios of female to male students across the network as a whole of 42 coding courses throughout the globe. There are now 353 pupils at the school, with 33% of them being female.
The “major shift”
The school’s acting CEO, Marcos Muller Habig, stated: “We have noticed an important change in the past few years as more and many women choose to go into the discipline of coding and seek tech professions. By encouraging women from all backgrounds to learn the art of code, Abu Dhabi has played a significant part in advancing the strategic objective of Abu Dhabi to build an inclusive and diverse educational infrastructure that supports a workforce that is prepared for the future.
Empowering Women in Programming
The female employees at 42 Abu Dhabi are firm that there’s space for them in the field of coding and enthusiastically point out that Ada Lovelace, an English mathematician who created the first computer programmer, and Dr. Grace Hopper, an American computer scientist who discovered the first computer issue, were both women. Today, everything is dependent on technology, and when I worked in operational petrophysics, I was aware of this. For example, a large portion of my work in the oil industry needed remote sensing, which depended on software. I hoped we could make this software ourselves instead of spending astronomical sums of cash to buy or upgrade it, She decided to learn how to code on her own and completed roughly twenty online courses. She then found 42 Abu Dhabi while trying to find a boot camp to hone her talents, when she enrolled in its demanding four-week qualifying programmer called the Piscine.