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Carin Carlin

Carin Carlin is Moove It's communication assistant. A graduate of Texas State University, she joined Moove It's marketing team in early 2021.

In early March we launched MooveCamp, our intensive coding bootcamp designed to empower women to make a career change, and ultimately contribute to reducing the gender gap in the technology industry.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the interest – it’s been remarkable to see and to read the reasons why so many women are interested in starting a new career in technology.

An incredible 669 applications

We thought it would be worthwhile sharing some of the information about the participants.

Altogether we’ve received 669 applications from women across Latin America, although the majority from Colombia and Uruguay, which is understandable given that Moove It has offices in both countries and close connections with local universities and organizations.

The rise of virtual platforms to learn programming skills

Virtual platforms such as Udemy and Platzi have opened new opportunities to people interested in technology, particularly to those who may not have previously had access to high quality technology training. Amongst applicants, we can see that nearly a third have been studying on such platforms for anywhere between a few months to up to a year.

More than a third of applicants said they are passionate about technology, but don’t have any programming experience. This large number perhaps demonstrates the interest in the region amongst people wanting to start a new career in technology. It also likely reflects awareness of the demand for tech jobs in Latin America – Bloomberg for example recently reported hiring growth for positions like software engineering in the region, increased 286% in the second half of 2021.

Amongst those who applied and had some programming knowledge, we asked about which languages they had experience with. Given the bootcamp is designed for people with limited programming experience, Javascript was perhaps unsurprisingly in first place, although many also have some knowledge of Python and HTML. Ruby was much less known amongst applicants.

The next stage

We have now closed applications for the event, and we are now in the process of selecting those who will be invited to the course beginning early in May. But we want to end this article by saying thank you to everyone who took the time to apply.

We’ll continue to share updates on MooveCamp 2022 as the event continues!

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