Women In Tech. Learn Code. Lead. Inspire.

Women in Tech. Learn Code. Lead. Inspire.

From teaching young women how to build apps to managing cloud-based platforms, IDRF’s Tech program creates opportunities to learn important skills and develop a pathway to work in the digital space.

The Situation

Whether it is Ada Lovelace, the original computer programming writing the first algorithm or Joanna Hoffman, a Polish immigrant to America who was a founding member of MacIntosh and recognized as the person who did the “best job standing up to Steve Jobs,” women have played a vital role in the history of Tech. Our initiative creates a pathway for more women to shape the industry’s future.

The Program

IDRF is excited to launch year four of our tech programming for young women in the Greater Toronto Area. Starting in August, a new group of women ages 18-29 will begin their journey and learn to code with our Introduction to Web Development course. Past graduates now working as Full Stack Developers will teach participants to build websites and apps using CSS, HTML and Javascript.

Those that complete the course will be eligible to apply for either a Web Development Bootcamp or Salesforce ADM 201 Certification. Both programs teach skills to prepare graduates to work in the digital space.

To eliminate barriers to employment and the prohibitive costs of tech education, Introduction Web Development and the Web Development Bootcamp are free thanks to the generous support of The United Way Greater Toronto. Our Salesforce Certification course is also without cost, thanks to IDRF’s partnership with The Rainbow Cloud Initiative.

Are you a sharp, ambitious, technologically curious individual interested in making your mark on the world? If so please read the FAQ, and apply!

The Impact

Enjoy this video of Libin Mohamed, a past graduate, who not only learned to code but gained a strong sense of confidence and feeling of empowerment.


of graduates have found fulltime employment.


Who is eligible for Women in Tech?

Our program is open to women ages 18-29 that reside in the Greater Toronto area. Priority is given to individuals facing challenges to accessing full-time/permanent employment, unemployed or underemployed individuals, and those without the financial resources to access tech education.

What do successful applicants receive?

Those accepted into the program will receive our Introduction to Web Development course. This includes 25 hours of instruction, as well as one-on-one mentorship sessions.

If I am accepted into Women in Tech, does that mean I automatically receive a scholarship to Web Development Bootcamp?

No. The application process to Web Development Bootcamp is separate. Those interested in pursuing careers in web development may apply upon successful completion of Introduction to Web Development. That application process starts at the end of September.


I am a mid-career professional looking to transition into Tech. Am I eligible to apply?

No. Our program focuses on individuals that are either unemployed, underemployed or have yet to land their first full-time position in a professional field.

Will classes take place in-person or online?

Due to COVID-19, all coding classes will take place online for 2021. However, our organization may hold Salesforce courses in person, depending on what is permitted by law and deemed safe.


I have no experience in computer science or coding. May I apply?

Yes! Our program is designed for beginners and taught with empathy. Our current instructors are all program graduates that understand how to deliver coding instruction to new developers.


I am new to Canada. Am I eligible to apply?

If you are legally permitted to work in Canada, yes! We encourage applications from newcomers and have several graduates that recently arrived in Canada.


When will classes take place?

The schedule is provided in the application form. Please ensure you are available to attend all classes.