The underrepresentation of women in tech jobs has been a longstanding issue in the industry, leading to a lack of diversity and innovation. Only 26.7% of tech-related jobs are held by women. However, the rise of #NoCode is helping to break down these barriers and provide opportunities for women in tech industry.
Quixy brought together a panel of distinguished speakers on March 8th to celebrate and explore #NoCode’s impact on women in the tech industry. The event highlighted the inspiring stories of women who have broken the barriers in the tech industry with innovative ideas, solutions, and #NoCode.
The panel discussion was organized by Quixy & moderated by Misha Porwal; & speakers were Lacey Kesler from Webflow, Claudia Cafeo from No Code Ops, Katt Risen from nocode-exits.com, Madhuri Maram from Nocoloco, Zeng from Femmestock, and Avanthi Amara from Quixy. Each speaker shared their experiences of how #NoCode has transformed their professional life and the opportunities they see for women.
Madhuri Maram, Founder & a majority owner of a women owned design & no-code agency, spoke on how #NoCode is changing the tech landscape and the opportunities it provides for women. She noted that women tend to pressure themselves to be perfect, but #NoCode allows them to test ideas and fix them quickly. Moreover, she pointed out that #NoCode tools enable women to launch their startups without needing technical cofounders, which has opened doors for many women in the industry.
The event highlighted how #NoCode empowers women to break down barriers and pursue careers in tech industry. By providing accessible tools and resources, women can now innovate, create and scale their tech businesses easily.
Katt shared how she became interested in no-code tech and what inspired her. She always had the urge to build her projects. She tried it many times with friends, coming up with ideas, buying domain names, creating logos, and using builders with many features, but they would not be able to code, so they would try to find a technical person to help. But it cost a lot of money, and they didn’t have the right approach. They didn’t think about which ideas were real problems or could be monetized, and they never talked to users.
Katt attempted this around 56 times, but the projects resulted in nothing. That’s when she learned to no-code. She also learned about the lean mindset, which taught her to focus on the clear value proposition and core benefit for the user, not to include too many features, and validate the idea with users. Katt realized that having deep knowledge of no-code opened many doors for business opportunities. She advised that when building a product with no-code, focus on the MVP with one core feature, talk to users, and validate the idea. No-code helped her ship multiple small projects that she could monetize and help solve specific problems.
Zeng also shared her experience when she had no idea what no-code was & she started learning it in 2022, around July, in the 100 days of the no-code challenge. The first task in the challenge was to make a personal website, something she never thought she could make. Using no-code, she made a website for her daughter, who had a YouTube channel, to showcase her work & she loved it.
She felt a sense of joy when she hit the publish button because it was something she had never thought she could make. She was able to launch several products and become a maker or builder, something she never thought possible. She believes that the future of no-code is bright, especially for women who are very visual and may not be well versed in traditional coding.
Organizations are increasingly turning to no-code platforms in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape. However, one question that often arises is how we can ensure this transformation is inclusive and equitable, particularly for women who have historically had limited access to technical roles and opportunities for advancement.
When posed with the question, Avanthi, a no-coding expert, emphasized that the no-code platforms are a powerful tool for breaking down technical barriers and empowering women to lead the charge in digital transformation efforts. The fact that women are underrepresented in the tech industry is widely acknowledged, and by removing the need for technical expertise, no-code platforms can enable women to showcase their creativity and ideas in transforming organizations easily and smoothly.
Avanti noted that no-code platforms are a great enabler of equality and diversity and that we are already seeing women take on leadership roles in digital transformation efforts. These efforts are not limited to the technology industry but span all sectors, including government and non-profits. From Bangalore to the United States, Avanti cited examples of women leading the charge in digital transformation for their organizations and a woman leader who has transformed her NGO’s invoicing and vendor payments processes using no-code platforms.
Avanti concluded by stating that the benefits of no-code platforms in digitally transforming organizations are increasing daily and that they empower women to break through stereotypes and showcase their ability to lead. As organizations adopt no-code platforms, we expect to see even more women leading the charge in digital transformation efforts.
Lacey and Claudia also shared their insights on creating a more diverse and inclusive no-code community and advice for women interested in pursuing a career in tech.
Lacey emphasized the importance of women working together to create welcoming and diverse spaces in the tech industry. She believes that inclusivity should be top of mind, and by creating these spaces, more women and underrepresented individuals will feel welcome and encouraged to join.
Claudia echoed Lacy’s sentiments and discussed why women had been historically excluded from the tech industry. She believes that no-code empowers women and individuals who may have been excluded due to cultural, religious, or educational barriers.
When asked for advice on how to get more women to join the no-code space, Claudia suggested that women should embrace their creativity and start small. She also emphasized the importance of joining supportive communities and networking with other professionals.
Both Lacy and Claudia encourage women not to fall into the imposter syndrome trap, to be curious, and to keep learning in an ever-evolving tech landscape. They believe that creating a more diverse and inclusive no-code community requires a collective effort from everyone. Women can succeed in tech by embracing creativity, starting small, finding supportive communities, networking, and staying curious.
On discussing opportunities for women in leadership roles in the no-code moment and how to ensure that more women are represented in this field. The speakers shared their thoughts on the question.
Katt believes inspiring and supporting others who are just starting is essential. It is vital to share knowledge and experience, be honest about our journey, and build in public. She also emphasizes the importance of being active in communities to connect with like-minded individuals and build a supportive network.
Madhuri highlighted the significance of both credibility and visibility in the no-code space. Women need to showcase their work and create content to make people aware of their skills and value system, which includes ownership and accountability. She suggests building a community through face-to-face interactions, question boards, and Discord circles can help women promote each other and ensure visibility.
Lacey agrees there is no limit to where women can go in the no-code space, and it can serve as a springboard to other areas. She stresses the importance of showing up, being visible, sharing knowledge and expertise, and normalizing success and failure stories. Lacey believes that telling stories and making resources available for newcomers can help ensure more women are represented in the no-code space.
The speakers at the event celebrating women in the no-code industry emphasized that women can achieve great things in the field and should support each other by sharing knowledge, building a supportive community, and normalizing success and failure stories. They advised starting with small projects to build beginner knowledge and gain confidence and emphasized the importance of identifying the problem to solve before choosing a no-code tool. They recommended being part of no-code communities to stay updated with industry trends and encouraged an inclusive and supportive environment that promotes mentorship, networking, and equal representation and opportunities.
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