Mission

TechSprint’s mission is to increase the number of women in Technology in Malaysia and the region by providing the industry with highly skilled, smart, and talented women.

Partners

We partner with like-minded organizations and companies from around the world so that our impact has the furthest possible reach and we remain committed to the continued increase of skilled women in the Technology industry.

Inspiration

TechSprint was inspired by the LinkedIn 2019 Emerging Jobs Report (summarised in this DNA Article). We at TechSprint connected this to the pervasive gender inequality existing in the Tech industry and founded TechSprint with an aim to help women in both Malaysia and the region to fast-track their career in Technology.

Programs

Whether you are already working in the Tech industry or are completely new to the industry, we have a program for you. TechSprint offers a range of both short courses as well as longer bootcamps to enable you to gain readily marketable skillsets that will help kickstart and accelerate your career in Technology.

About CodeOp Kuala Lumpur

Founded in 2018 by Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Katrina Walker, CodeOp is an international coding school for women based in Barcelona, Spain. CodeOp is pleased to launch its first campus in Asia in the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in partnership with TechSprint, Malaysia’s first coding school for women.

CodeOp seeks to change the tech industry one bootcamp at a time. “There are a lot of statistics associated with women in tech.” Katrina Walker, CEO of CodeOp said. “It’s one thing to hear about them and another to experience them firsthand. That personal experience is the driving force behind our work. We want to share the power of technical knowledge with folks who’ve traditionally not been encouraged to pursue tech and we believe that ‘If you build it, they will come’.

CodeOp Kuala Lumpur will kick off in January 2020 by offering a 11 week full-time Full Stack Development (FSD) bootcamp designed to provide women with the foundations needed to start their careers in tech.

Our Programs

The Team

Meet our team of well experienced individuals

Vani Mahadevan

Founder

Vani is an accountant by profession and a seasoned entrepreneur who has successfully co-founded and run ventures in the past including StartupMalaysia. Vani is a qualified accountant who has been actively involved in Project Management and entrepreneurship for over 25 years. She designs, develops and implements programs and projects that help young people become more entrepreneurial in their thinking.

Purry Wijendra

Co-Founder & Technical Director

Purry Wijendra, started her career as a Civil Engineer and subsequently pursued studies in Computer Science and picked up coding and application building. Purry has over the last 6 years been developing mobile and web applications from scratch for various startups and organisations.
While doing this Purry has further developed her interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and recently completed her Masters in Artificial Intelligence majoring in Machine Learning from UTM.

Katrina Walker

Mentor

Merging technical talent recruitment with diversity and inclusion through our international coding school for women and the TGNC community. She has also contributed to a data visualization project using Carto to display hospital data for the Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitàries de Catalunya. Katrina has extensive experience in creating responsive designs for mobile and tablet devices and wordpress theme customization.

Joel Lim

Lead Instructor

Joel has been coding ever since he remembered. He has 9 years of industry experience in Malaysia designing and delivering education programmes through a partnership with Google, as well as designing and delivering learning to code programs through various organisations. On the startup front, he has also built tech for multiple local start-ups from scratch, and has also ran multiple startups in different fields such as education, technology, food and beverage and even human resources.

Charissa Ong Ty

MENTOR

Charissa Ong Ty is the Lead Product Designer of the leading e-wallet Boost with a background of mentoring, consulting and venture building. She finds value not only in impactful ideas, but in executing them extremely well.

Jasmine Hor

TRAINER

Jasmine graduated in Art and Design and has a decade of work experience in the design field. Jasmine's skills and knowledge have shaped her into a dignified expert in creating exceptional logo and web design. Jasmine is also a natural entrepreneur and is the founder of Gizwiz Studio and LogoDesignCreation.com, an agency providing logo design, web design and web software development services. Her work have thus far been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, WIRED Magazine and Logolounge.com.

Shamala

MENTOR

Shamala is the CEO and Co-Founder of HU Deccan Technologies Sdn Bhd. Hu Deccan specialises in Software Projects, Outsourcing and Software Testing services. The Company provides services to clients from various industries. Shamala leads the business development as well as the operations of the company and is also responsible for the long term growth of the company.

Shamala has an in-depth knowledge of outsourcing and recruitment processes. Shamala designs and executes successful strategies to enhance her client’s growth.

Shamala is also a Recruiters Association Malaysia (RAM), Board member. RAM in an industry driven initiative to unite recruiters to find solutions in the employment market to address challenges currently faced by organisations.

Adelina Iskandar

MENTOR (Communications)

Adelina Iskandar now focuses on special projects on matters pertaining to Public Relations and Communications.

Adelina's previous post was Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Tenaga Nasional Berhad. She was also in SYABAS as General Manager, Customer Service Division (PUSPEL).

Adelina had also served as Director of Corporate Communications with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

Adelina has more than 30 years’ experience in public relations and training. Adelina holds a Degree in Humanities and a Masters in Linguistics.

Christine Yoong

MENTOR

Christine is the Founder and CEO of Jota.ai. She has extensive B2B experience in technology and finance, with a global perspective having worked in San Francisco, London and Seattle. Her work experience includes Product Partnerships at Google Cloud, Channel Sales at Microsoft and M&A at Goldman Sachs. She was previously Founder & CEO of The Steps, a mentoring platform in Malaysia and Singapore. Christine graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and BSc Economics from University College London.

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Breaking the code: Women are striding into tech-related industries

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