PEOPLE

GirlsCodeToo is composed and operated by a passionate team of individuals. This includes students, professors, industry professionals & parents.

CO-FOUNDERS & MANAGEMENT

David Cleres

Lara Riparip

Alicia Cesa Bianchi

VOLUNTEERS

Ashley Hardie

Radhika Varma Bhogaraju

Julia Ruprecht 

Roshani Anna Amin

INSTRUCTORS

Viviane Potocnik

Sahana Betsche

Alexandra Schneider

Aneska Heidemüller

Jelena Trišović

Ritika Chakraborty

Leila Chettata

Matter Jan

Marta Paula Balode

Xenia Augustin

SUPERVISORY BOARD

Julia Chatain

Monica Landoni

Edith Schnapper

Stefano Brusoni

Scilla Zischek

Matthias Ogg

Lara Riparip

ADVISORY BOARD

Caroline Perriard

Manuel Fritsche

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Join the Team

GirlsCodeToo is composed and operated by a passionate team of individuals. This includes students, professors, industry professionals & parents. If you would like to be part of this initiative and contribute to the social cause we work towards, please contact us!

VOLUNTEER

Do you feel motivated to volunteer for GirlsCodeToo initiative? There are many way in which your help can contribute to our mission!
We are looking forwards to hear from you!

DO AN INTERNSHIP

Are you currently doing your Bachelors degree in a Design or Technical field?
Are you passionate about gender equality in the tech world and would like to be part of a dynamic and passionate team?
Thank you in advance for your interest in joining our team. Female and Male applicants are all welcome!

BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR

Are you a Bachelor or Master student in a technical field or have just finished your studies and are in a transition?

Do you feel motivated to inspire the younger generation to explore new technologies?
Than this is the right job for you!

OFFER A TECH TALK

GirlsCodeToo offers TechTalks to our audience of girls (age 8-18), but these are also open to their parents and siblings.

The idea is not so much about giving a technical talk per se, but more about sharing your experience in the industry, your story, your motivations, moments of struggles and wins!

It is also about sharing what you love about your job and the path you took to get where you are today.

David Cleres

Communication Manager

Hi! I am David. As a life-long learner of computer sciences, I have attended and taught many courses in the field of technology and engineering. Year-after-year, I continue to see an under representation of women in many of my classes. I firmly believe that initiatives such as GirlsCanToo will positively impact the situation by teaching girls and young women the skills to make them successful today and flourish tomorrow. With our interactive tutorials and empowering atmosphere, we give girls the chance to discover, at their our pace and in a safe environment, the technical tools used daily in industry and academia. With our support, they learn the skills and confidence to continue pursuing opportunities in STEM. Exploring and understanding the biases women face everyday in our society by teaching technology classes in the context of GirlsCodeToo truly changed my perspective on many things, and it fills me with joy to see their progress each session!


“Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love”
Emma Watson

Lara Riparip

Co-founder, Content Developer & Labs Manager

A little background about myself, I graduated with myMaster’s from ETHZ and UZH in Neural Systems and Computation, where I encountered a lack of female representation in my classes. I want to change this misrepresentation at the root – inspiring girls at ayoung age to pursue technology.


“Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.”
–Michelle Obama

Alicia Cesa Bianchi

Administer Manager

Hi! I am Alicia, a Social Anthropologist with a deep interest in education and community building. Being a passionate driven person, I work on projects where I see the prospect for contributing to a greater social cause. I was introduced to coding only in my mid-twenties, when moving to Zürich,  and I was immediately fascinated by this new world and the numerous possibilities it offers. I believe all girls should have the opportunity to learn about coding from a young age. It is my wish that as a society we go beyond our cultural biases which currently limit the next generation of female leaders and tech entrepreneurs. By providing girls from a young age, a safe and encouraging learning environment, we enable them with the needed skills and confidence to properly evaluate their options and go beyond the social and gender bias. 

“The journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.” 

Lao Tzu 

Ashley Hardie

Social Media Manager

Hi! I’m Ashley – seeker of connections, lover of list-making, and easily intrigued by new perspectives and ideas. Originally from Arkansas, I left the comforts and familiarity of the U.S. to explore the possibilities of Switzerland. I’ve spent my professional career in the retail industry in a variety of positions from communications to merchandising, and love that each role has equipped me to broader my knowledge and expertise. I’m excited to be a part of the Girls Code Too community as we connect girls throughout the country with a language and skill set that is the future. 

“You become what you give your attention to.”
–Epictetus

Radhika Varma Bhogaraju

Marketing Manager

Hi, I’m Radhika. I’m as analog a person as one can get. I still use a pen and paper to gather my thoughts and prefer a physical book to an e-reader. I came to technology very late, having always believed that I’m not a “tech” person. I come from a Hospitality & Retail background. In one of my previous roles with a Hospitality technology company, I was introduced to a whole new side of the business. I found myself using programs & technology that I was unfamiliar with and I learnt something new EVERY day. Since then I am on a mission to educate myself (and my daughters) about all things tech! I’m excited to be a part of the mission at GirlsCodeToo.

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

– Albert Einstein

Julia Ruprecht

Marketing & Social Media

Hey, I’m Julia, Sales and Marketing Intern at Red Hat, Business Psychology student and technology enthusiast! 
I’ve always been interested in different technologies through gaming, but only recently dared to start learning about web development and coding in general.  
It feels like I missed an opportunity to study a direction that could have interested me because I was never presented the possibility, quite the contrary even. Now I aspire to do everything I can so no one else has to feel this way and so more girls learn that they can, in fact, code too.
 

“If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.”
– Harry Hoover

Roshani Anna Amin

Marketing

Rosh was raised across the UK, Europe and Asia and definitely considers herself to be a global nomad. In fact, she spent her childhood in Switzerland so has a strong connection to the home base of girlscodetoo! After studying for her bachelors in London she is constantly on the look out for exciting opportunities where she can truly make a difference.  She’s also a history nerd, fashion lover and dog fanatic!

Viviane Potocnik

MSc in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, ETHZ

I am a first-year Master’s student studying electrical engineering and information technology at ETH Zürich. My field of specialization is microelectronics, chip and FPGA design, communication technology, and digital signal processing. Currently, I am working on my semester thesis Design of Embedded Systems with Radars and Machine Learning for Biomedical Applications. As a woman in engineering, it is of great value for me to inspire, and engage young females to aspire to a career in STEM, too.

Sahana Betschen

BSc in Computer Science, ETHZ

Hi I’m Sahana. I’m a bachelor student at ETH studying Computer Science. I learned about coding when I was 11 and I fell in love with it. I taught myself how to code and found camps and workshops for girls. The mentors and teachers really motivated me to learn about coding. Now in college, I am happy that I can teach young girls about coding, show them how fun it is and that girls can code. My free time is spent doing sports, like rowing and soccer and being outdoors with friends.

Alexandra Schneider

BSc in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, ETHZ

Hi I’m Alex! After struggling in mathematics and physics at the beginning of high school, my interest in these subjects motivated me enough to try and pursue a degree in engineering at ETH. Now, I am in my final year of my bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and information technology with a big passion for programming! In my free time, I like working as a private tutor and enjoy playing volleyball with friends.

Aneska Heidemüller

BSc in Elektrotechnik, ETHZ

My name is Aneska. I am a Bachelor student in electrical engineering and information technology. Originally, I am from Germany and moved to Switzerland just two years ago to study here at ETH Zurich and explore a new country. I started coding for school and soon got motivated to start my own game designs. Now, I am excited to show younger girls the opportunities of coding and teach them the basic skills, so they can create their own games and programs and explore what they can achieve. In my free time, I bake a lot, play card games and spend time with my friends.

Jelena Trišović

MSc in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, ETHZ

Hi, I’m Jelena! I am a doctoral student at the ETH AI Center, where I’m developing systems that enable robots to perform complex tasks. I obtained my Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, which was a perfect way to combine my three main interests: mathematics, physics, and programming. Though I developed my programming skills during my studies, I developed my other two interests much earlier. I competed on a national and international level in both mathematics and physics throughout primary and secondary school. As a contestant, not only did I gain invaluable experience and develop critical thinking essential for a career in STEM, but I also got the opportunity to travel and meet people from around the world! In addition to reading and playing board games with my friends, traveling has remained one of my favorite activities.

Ritika Chakraborty

MSc in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, ETHZ

Hi I’m Ritika, a final year Masters student at the department of information technology and electrical engineering at ETH Zurich. I’m currently working on my master thesis in the computer vision lab, where I use AI and computer vision to help computers automatically generate realistic images of things that don’t exist in reality. I code regularly and enjoy translating my ideas in practical solutions with coding. I used to be a reluctant coder but with practice and patience I’m quite comfortable and confident with coding. I enjoy teaching and am looking forward to helping others like me gain confidence and enjoy the process of coding. In my free time, you can find me dancing to whatever song that is playing.

Leila Chettata

BSc in Electrical Engineering, ETHZ

Matter Jan

BSc in Electrical Engineering, ETHZ

Marta Paula Balode

MSc in Neural Systems and Computation, ETHZ

Hi, I am Marta! I am a second-year Master’s student studying neural systems and computation at ETH Zurich. I am particularly interested in visual processing in humans and non-human primates, and I have worked on several research projects at the intersection of machine learning and neuroscience both in Switzerland and Germany. In the meantime, I work as a data science research assistant for a project that aims to digitalize all Swiss parliamentary documents spanning 130 years. I enjoy tutoring young students on coding and sparking their interest in technology.

Xenia Augustin

MSc in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, ETHZ

Hello, I’m Xenia! I already fell in love with math in elementary school and spent a lot of my free time solving problems for competitions. Later, I also discovered my passion for physics and computer science. Now in my studies, as a second-year master’s student in electrical engineering and information technology at ETH, I am able to combine all these fields. As a tutor, I hope to get many young girls excited about science and technology and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM fields as well. When I’m not studying, I’m outside doing sports and spending time with my dogs and my horse.

Julia Chatain

Doctoral Student at ETH Game Technology Center

Julia Chatain is a Computer Science doctoral student at ETH Zürich between the Game Technology Center and the Professorship for Learning Sciences and Higher Education. As part of the Future Learning Initiative, she is exploring how new technologies can support mathematics education, and in particular, make mathematics more graspable (literally). Besides this, Julia takes part in outreach events to teach mathematics and computer science, focusing especially on gender equality.

“Education is not about filling buckets, it’s about lighting fires.”

–Stuart Firestein adapted from Plutarch

Monica Landoni

Lecturer and researcher, Faculty of Informatics at USI

Dr Monica Landoni is a senior researcher at the Faculty of Informatics at the Università della Svizzera italiana, USI since January 2007. Previously, she was a lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences of the University of Strathclyde since 1997. She holds a PhD in Computer and Information Sciences from University of Strathclyde and a Laurea in Scienze dell´Informazione from Università degli Studi of Milan.

Her research interests lie mainly in the fields of Interactive Information Retrieval and Electronic Publishing, particularly in the area of design and evaluation of Child-Computer Interactions when reading, writing and searching. Other interests include:  Gender Balance in Informatics, Design for Inclusion, and Ethics in Computing.

“ Aspera ad astra” – Through hardships to the stars

“omnia munda mundis” – to the pure, all things pure

Edith Schnapper​

Program Manager, SATW

Hi, I’m Edith. I work at the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) and I’m responsible for the promotion of young people in technology. I am in charge of the Swiss TecLadies program, which aims to attract more young girls to the technical and IT professions. I hold a bilingual Master’s degree in Applied Political Science and have worked in foundations, in public policy consulting and in economic diplomacy. I am passionate about education and gender issues. Contributing to a more open, tolerant and inclusive world is one of my  missions and the reason for my involvement with Girls Code Too.

I believe…
 
“Women belong in all places where decision are being made” –  Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Stefano Brusoni

Professor at ETH Zurich

Stefano Brusoni is Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at ETH Zurich. Before and during his studies, he worked as a coder (using with languages that exist no more), served in the Fire Brigade (generating stories that improve every time they are told), did a variety of odd jobs that really he’d rather not talk about. He is interested in understanding how people –and organizations- develop habits, and how they change them. He has published quite broadly on and around these topics. He has also help set up a couple of start-ups, one of which is quite active in the EdTech Space (Sparkademy).

“Klaatu Barada Nikto’
 Helen Benson, who saved the world in 1951 (The Day the Earth Stood Still).

Scilla Zischek

Program Manager School to Work transition, Pro Juventute

Hello, I’m Scilla. I am responsible for youth programs supporting the transition from school to work. My special focus is to convey the perspectives arising by innovation, digitalization and changes in the labor market especially in the STEM environment. I strive to strengthen the positive social impact and the accessibility for all social groups, especially for girls and disadvantaged youth. I also volunteer as an interpreter for school authorities, in the early school integration of people with migration backgrounds and as a contact person for families with physically handicapped children.

I believe…

“The secret of change is to focus the energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Modern adaptation from Socrates

Matthias Ogg

Head Special Products at Zürcher Kantonalbank

Head Special Products in the Capital Markets Team atZürcher Kantonalbank where he structures andexecutes non-standardized debt capital marketsproducts and gives regulatory and rating agencyadvice to large corporate clients. He is alsoresponsible for ESG focused debt financings such asGreen, Social or Sustainability-Linked Bonds.Besides that, is passionate about doing yoga,playing golf, go for a hike or just a simple bikeride.

Everyone said, “You can’t do that!” Then someone came along who didn’t know that and just did it.

Caroline Perriard

Co-Chief Executive Officer at BRANDIT.com

Caroline is advising companies about legal and compliance strategy of their digital transformation and the protection of their brands online.

She is the co-director of BRANDIT GmbH, a company providing tailored legal consultancy services in the IP and privacy fields including domain names, social media, digital and e-commerce. 

Caroline is a recognized expert in the field of brand strategy and data protection and is regularly an invited speaker at key events.

She is also the chair of the Swiss Women Lawyers association, which strengthens the social collaboration between women lawyers and support equal visions in research, teaching and law.

Manuel Fritsche

Co-founder of Samplab

I’m a Co-Founder of Samplab, a startup that uses Machine Learning to simplify electronic music production.

While studying Information Technology at ETH Zürich, I experienced first hand how few women decide to pursue a career in this field.

I believe that GirlsCodeToo can really make a difference here by showing young girls how creative and fulfilling coding can be.

“Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.”
–Oprah Winfrey: