Let’s go to Copenhagen on a random Monday evening. Schools have already shut for the day, but work on the second floor of the IT University of Copenhagen is ongoing. More than 20 girls, currently in secondary schools are focused on creating a small software programme to book cheap and convenient air tickets. This is just one part of Coding Café, an initiative at the IT University that not only introduces young women into the world of programming, but also provides an inspiring and inclusive study environment.

Coding Café at a glance

In a series of 5 sessions taking place on Monday evenings, girls are introduced to exciting topics like robotics and learn how to code in HTML and JavaScript. But Coding Café does much more than teaching: it is an experience comprised of tours in the IT University, an inclusive study environment, and mentor activities and meetings with women that have excelled in the IT industry.

Coding Café is free and is offered also to girls in high school, and women taking a gap year. The structure of the program (broken down in 5 teaching sessions) allows for the gradual introduction of topics within the areas of programming, robotics, and big data. The objective is not just to teach and learn but also to motivate participants, and create a space where women and girls can feel welcome and get excited to explore the world of IT. Instead, the initiative focuses on strengthening girls and women’s digital competences, and coding is just one part of the puzzle. Tasks in the field of robotics and website coding broaden horizons, and shows the various facets of the digital world. Girls also get the opportunity to look up and talk to many female role models with careers in the IT industry. This adds an extra dimension and highlights that women’s role is necessary in this rapidly evolving sector.

Why is this a good practice?

Coding Café isn’t just a learning opportunity – it is also a social gathering point. The relaxed atmosphere with coffee and community helps to break down any barriers or prejudices that the IT world is reserved for men. It’s a place where curiosity and learning go hand in hand, and where women empower each other in their digital journey.

Digital good practices are not limited to technical skills only. It also involves creating an inclusive environment and challenging stereotypes. The Coding Café at ITU is a great example of how to not only introduce young women to coding and technology, but also inspire them to learn more and pursue a career in the IT industry.

Initiatives like Coding Café illustrate the importance of going beyond traditional teaching methods and engaging young women in a way that is not just about coding, but also about building confidence. Through such programs, digital skills become not only a necessity, but also an opportunity for women to shape the digital landscape of the future.

Code cafes for girls at the IT University are dedicated spaces designed to promote women’s interest and participation in technology and coding. These cafes offer a supportive and inclusive environment where girls can explore programming and develop their skills in a non-threatening environment. With workshops, mentoring and social activities, Code cafés create a platform for girls to build confidence, network and realise their potential in the IT industry.` This initiative is crucial to address the gender gap in tech and to create a more diverse and innovative workforce.



Source: European Digital Skills & Jobs Platform


Digital technology / specialisation

  • Software
  • Digital skills

Digital skill level

  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Geographic Scope - Country

  • Denmark

Type of initiative

Local initiative

Target audience

  • Digital skills in education.
  • Digital skills for all

Type of Funding