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Helene Virolan

Director, Girls Into Coding

Two years ago (2018), Helene supported her now 12-year-old daughter Avye (a maker & coder), in founding “Girls Into Coding” – a social enterprise that engages girls with coding and hands-on tech activities. Their tech journey together has been fantastic, and she’s very proud of what they’ve achieved. Working with her daughter made Helene realise that she wanted to continue this journey, and continue making a difference towards closing the gender gap in the tech industry. To formalise the commitment to this, Girls Into Coding was granted the status of Community Interest Company early this year and Avye has entrusted Helene as director and project manager to steward the Girls into Coding mission, giving it the full-time attention it deserves – Helene & Avye are now a rare mother and daughter team in the Tech space.

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