My Coding Story: Avye

[upbeat music]

I'm Avye. I'm 13 and I live in London with my mum and dad.

I've been coding since I was 7 and I'm passionate about robotics.

In 2018 only 17 percent

of people working in tech in Europe were women.

I've decided to make it my mission to get other girls like me interested in tech.

This is my story.

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I've definitely always enjoyed making things

because I remember when I was younger,

I was really into LEGO and making objects out of cardboard and cereal boxes.

But I guess where my passion for robotics and coding in general started

was when I went to a club called CoderDojo

and that introduced me to building robots.

It was really hands-on, which was really really cool.

It's also really welcoming, and everyone's just really kind as well.

I definitely think that it was an important moment,

going to a CoderDojo,

because I think that's where it all started.

Being able to know that I can code what I've made and bring it to life,

the thought of that is even more exciting.

This is one of my projects,

which i think is the coolest one I've ever made.

So the first thing is this Raspberry Pi and I coded this using Python.

(robot:) "Hello, welcome! What would you like me to do?"

The Voice O’Tronik Bot was my second robot that I had built,

and I'd entered it for Coolest Projects UK.

I remember driving to the event,

I was like, "Oh my gosh, imagine if I won that. That would be awesome!"

Obviously I didn't think I was going to win.

(host on stage:) "The winner of the Hardware category for Coolest Projects UK is...

it's the Voice O’Tronik Bot from [CoderDojo club]!"

It was a really big moment for me,

winning that competition

to boost my tech interest and journey.

When they called out my name and the Voice O’Tronik robot, I was just so happy!

Every now and again, I look up at it and think,

"Oh yeah, that's one of my favorite robots."

In coding and robotics I'd found something I really loved, and I wanted to share it with my friends.

I wanted to see more girls like me giving it a go,

and so when I was 10, I decided to set up Girls Into Coding,

an organisation to encourage more girls to get involved in tech.

(on video call) "I think we have a few more participants,

so thank you Sophia and Megan for turning your cameras on."

When we started off, we were only having around 15 to 20 people,

but now we've scaled up, we've had around 300 to 400 girls who walked in the door,

which is a really big number when you think about it.

By getting girls into tech early, I hope that we can begin to close

the gender gap that exists in the wider industry.

I've come a long way since my first CoderDojo age 7.

It catapulted me into my tech journey.

I've loved every minute of it, and I can't wait to see what's around the corner.