19 de December 2019
Bogota: a pioneer in methods for closing the talent gap in the IT industry
After three months of training, on Friday, December 20, 47 women who were part of the group of 139 web development fellows will introduce the web applications they created as a result of their learning process with the World Bank program. This program was held in partnership with BICTIA, Invest in Bogota, and the Software and IT Cluster Initiative (led by the Bogota Chamber of Commerce).
Bogota is part of an initiative that the World Bank promotes throughout different cities around the world to contribute to closing the gender and programming skills gaps through intensive short courses (bootcamps). As a result of this program, a group of 139 women received scholarships and participated in a web development Bootcamp in Bogota for three months.
This Friday, December 20, 47 of those 139 women will receive diplomas that certify them as full stack web developers. The event will also be held in order for the participants of the Women Coding Bootcamps program to introduce their web applications to local business owners – applications that resulted as a product of the knowledge they gained during their months of study. These bootcamps are held in alliance with BICTIA, Invest In Bogota and the Software and IT Cluster Initiative, led by the Bogota Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to submitting their applications to the companies invited to the event, these developers will also have the opportunity to connect with them. Through a tabling event, these women will be able to learn about and apply to, job offers that match their level of expertise.
Over the three-month duration of the bootcamp, given by BIT (Bogota Institute of Technology), the participants were trained in programming to develop web applications, while also developing their skills in the Agile Scrum Methodology to work as a team effectively. They were also trained in developing their soft skills to take on both the technical and human side of the working world.
Impact Measurement of the Program
In addition to training the 139 women who were awarded scholarships, and to contribute to their career development, the Women Coding Bootcamps program helps to analyze the impact of these types of courses, which use new rapid learning methodologies, in order to better prepare the labor market in the digital age.
Similarly, at a later stage, the project will measure the program’s impact, provide lessons learned and serve as a tool for forming public policy recommendations aimed at closing the talent gaps in the IT industry.