New group for women in IT plans meet-up

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Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 12:00 am

Omaha Coding Women will host its first meet-up on Tuesday to discuss the group’s goals.

The group was started by Shelly Xiong, a Creighton University student studying Web design and development, and software engineer Sandi Barr, in an effort to support women and provide information to those who might be interested in starting a career in the information technology field, Barr said.

“It is a male-dominated field,” Barr said. “It’s important that women feel comfortable to enter it and continue to grow in it, so that support is just so necessary to keep us going.”

It’s especially important, Barr said, because there doesn’t seem to be enough people to fill the demand for jobs in information technology.

“We definitely have a lot of young people that were going to need to bring up into this career path, boys and girls,” she said.

Men and women are welcome, but the discussion will be focused on the female perspective, she said.

“I think that it’s good for men to understand maybe where their privilege is, to also help encourage women to be in the industry.”

Barr said the group will meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The first meet-up will be held at CoVis Coworking, 920 S. 107th St., Suite 106, at 7 p.m.

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