Introduction to Python with Safia Mirza, KPMG

06/04/2020  

We first met Safia Mirza when organising a DevOps Exchange Manchester Event - our International Women's Day Special. Passtionate about making technology accesible, Safia gave an incredible talk on "Diversity in DevOps: Using GCP and Visual Studio Code to Break Down Barriers into Technology". You can see her talk here.

Safia is a DevOps Engineer at KPMG, using AWS and Azure to develop Cloud-based solutions for clients. She also runs a free Introduction to Python course aimed at improving diversity in technology by teaching practical skills.

Originally developed as a face-face course, due to current circumstances, Safia has taken the course virtual and it is now available to anyone interested in learning Python. We caught up with Safia to find out more:








Why did you decide to create Code with KMPG: Introduction to Python?
We originally created our Introduction to Python Course to encourage more women and young people to pursue technology. The course was originally held face to face over a six week period. As we are all currently in lockdown we thought it would be a great idea to engage every and anyone who is interested in learning.

Why Python and not another coding language?
We chose Python as our programming language, as we think that Python is becoming more and more popular and is quite an English-readible language if someone has never coded before.

Who is the course aimed at?
As an introductory course, it is aimed at people who have either never coded, or only have a little experience coding. 

How long is the course?
We are starting the next course on Tuesday, 7th April and it will consist of live streams, hosted every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm (BST), running for 10 weeks.

The Tuesday session will cover content, code examples, and setting questions for people to code themselves. The Thursday session will cover the code questions so people know how to complete them and answering and further questions anyone might have

What should someone expect to be able to achieve by the end of the course? 
By the end of the course, people will be able to confidently read and write scripts in Python.

How do people sign up and get involved?
To sign up, all you have to do is create a Twitch account and follow my channel; @Smirza3. You'll also need a repl.it account - this is where people can do all of their coding, the site stores it all for you.

If anyone in our community is keen to learn a new skill, we urge people to join Safia's course. For two hours a week you can learn a brand new technology language, opening a world of opportunities. Register today!