Mujde Esin, Founder of KizCode, a social enterprise aimed at promoting coding and various tech skills to girls and young women in underprivileged and migrant communities in Turkey and London, has won the ‘International Inspiration Award’ in the 2019 FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards.
Alumna Mujde Esin founded her social enterprise KizCode in 2016, aiming to teach young girls between 7 and 15 years old from underprivileged backgrounds and migrant communities, maths and technology through workshops and activities such as computer programming, coding and creative use of digital technology sessions.
KizCode’s goal is to integrate migrants through digital technology education in order to assist women’s social and employment integration. Mujde’s enterprise has been mainly operating in Turkey and England, supporting 2,500 girls since its establishment.
The FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards, in collaboration with The Tech She Can Charter, showcases the brightest talent in tech, from the UK and beyond. The awards, celebrating women’s work in STEM roles, this year focused on ‘Achieve, Elevate and Inspire’.
Mujde won the ‘International Inspiration Award’ aimed at rewarding any individuals for their commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.
Speaking about this achievement and her time at the University, she said: “I am honoured to have won the International Inspirational woman award with my initiative KizCode. Everywoman event was amazing with so many inspiring women from all over the world in the technology sector.
"I met many inspiring and supportive people, at the University of Westminster, who motivated me to continue with the development of my company. I had also worked as a student helper for the campus IT department where staff were amazingly supportive and helped me develop my entrepreneurial skills.”
Mujde has recently won Microsoft’s Women Leaders of Technology award as the most successful Woman Educator of the Year and her firm KizCode as the best Social Entrepreneurship of the Year.