Today, we’re proud to present edition 10 of Behind the Dot magazine.

In this edition we explore the diverse and ever-changing world of coding – and those who are leading the way in this field.

The demand for skilled coders and programmers in Australia is increasing and the field of coding and computer science has become a hot topic in the media in recent years.

Our cover story in this edition is an interview with Ally Watson, founder of Code Like a Girl – an organisation that hosts free events and workshops around Melbourne designed to encourage more women and girls to engage with technology and develop coding skills.

We’ve also delved deeper into the issue of teaching coding to children, speaking with non-profit organisation Code the Future, which teams schools with professional coders to run programming workshops and lessons for students. Co-founders Bec Spink and Will Egan share an interesting perspective on what it means to teach kids to code and why it’s such a valuable skill to be exposed to at a young age.

In addition to this, we have taken look Inside a Hackathon to explain exactly what these popular tech events entail and what’s on offer for attendees.

Our coding edition also includes our inaugural Women in Technology segment, outlining AusRegistry’s new Women in Technology working group and its first event; a screening of the award-winning documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. The film was insightful for all who attended the viewing and the Women in Technology group has a number of exciting plans for events and initiatives in 2017.

Finally, with this edition we’re pleased to unveil the new-look cover for Behind the Dot. As our readership grows and the volume of content expands, we’re reaching out into new industries and speaking with experts in a diverse range of subjects. It is important to us that this magazine grows and matures and this cover redesign is just one piece of that puzzle.

I am pleased to present this edition of Behind the Dot. As always, we welcome your feedback and input on the magazine and thank you for reading.

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