AkronWiT hosted a Coding Retreat for women in tech

You know how you add stuff to your to-do list twice as fast as you check things off of it? This is especially true of people learning to code. There are more learning resources online than you could work through in a lifetime. Collecting things to do is just so fun! New things! To do!

AkronWiT coding retreat attendeesThis is the problem we wanted to help solve. We at AkronWiT decided to host a one-day Coding Retreat here in Akron. Our goal was to give women in tech the opportunity to leave their daily distractions behind and work on their programming goals in a supportive environment. We rented out The Grand Exchange, bought way too much food from Aldi, and showed up on April Fools’ Day to knock some of those project ideas off of our coding to-do lists.

It’s energizing when you’re surrounded by people like you, working towards similar goals. All of the women who came either currently work in tech and want that next promotion or opportunity, or are working to enter the industry. One attendee brought a hardware project to work on. Another had client work to finish. Several of us worked through some chapters for AkronWiT’s current book club, which is using Big Nerd Ranch’s Front End Web Development book to learn more about JavaScript development and application architecture.

We even welcomed the building owner’s 10-year-old daughter, Maeva Lile, who wowed us with her Scratch animation skills. (Seriously, coolest kid ever.)

Attendee and co-organizer Heather Fenton said, “The Coding Retreat provided the perfect environment to get things done. Great space, great support, great food and yoga! I am really excited for the next one!” The yoga she mentioned was an 11am yoga break, led by certified yoga instructor Kristie Leahy, which helped keep the creative juices flowing and got everyone ready for lunch.

AkronWiT coding retreat attendeesOther attendees were also happy with how the day went. “It provided a great, supportive environment to work on coding, something I haven’t had before in my self-taught journey,” said Stacy Harrison. “Through events like the Coding Retreat, it’s clear Akron Women in Tech knows the importance of surrounding yourself with people who can encourage, support, and challenge you.”

Michelle Janosi chimed in, saying the retreat was “the perfect place and atmosphere to work on my project with a fantastically rejuvenating yoga break in-between. Food was great too!” And Angela Lauro appreciated the “much needed professional me time away from home distractions.”

Everyone in attendance agreed we should host more Coding Retreats. Who wouldn’t love a day to accomplish goals, eat food, and do yoga, all while hanging out with other equally motivated and driven women?

If you’re a woman working or interested in the tech industry, and a Coding Retreat sounds awesome to you, keep an eye out for the next one by signing up for our newsletter.

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