June Angelides set up Mums In Tech, offering Mums the opportunity to learn how to code in a social and child friendly environment. Not only is she massively breaking down barriers to welcome women into a predominantly male dominated industry, but also replacing the geek with chic in the Tech world!
Tell us a bit about your family
I have a 5-year-old son, Adam and a 2-year-old daughter, Ivy. I’ve been married to Stephen for 7 wonderful years and I’ve known him for 10 years. We’re a pretty fun family and we love our food. My husband is Greek and I’ve got Nigerian/ Sierra-Leonian and Scottish roots.
What is Mums in Tech?
Mums in Technology trains women in foundational coding skills and tech literacy during career breaks within a child-inclusive, parent-friendly learning environment.
When did you come up with the idea of Mums in Tech?
I was two months into my second maternity leave and had watched too many episodes of The Good Wife. I thought it would be a good learning experience to try and build an app. I tried hiring a developer on Freelancer.com and really struggled with explaining my idea and understanding a lot of the tech jargon. I also struggled with deciding how to hire the best developer for my project. This made me realise that I really needed to brush up on my tech skills. I started looking at options for learning to code and initially started with online learning. I’m a really social person and found it isolating sitting in front of my computer alone, so I started searching for places I could learn in person and have my baby with me. There wasn’t anything like that out there that was in person, child-friendly and in between the school run, so I set up Mums in Tech.
What are your top tips for maternity leave?
Take time out for yourself. This was something I didn’t do first time round. Little things like having a manicure, having a girls night out, going out for a meal without baby or learning something new. Also, don’t be scared to ask friends who don’t have babies for help. They want to :)
Where are your favourite places to hang out in London with your family?
We love parks- Regents park and Hyde park are our favourites. We also love Westfield Shepherds Bush – mainly because it’s easy to drive to and there’s loads to do under one roof. Wagamama at the O2 centre is also one of our favourites for food.
Are there any other Mums in Tech who have inspired you?
Absolutely, I’m constantly inspired by Mums in Tech alumni who have come on this journey with me, learnt so much, built incredible businesses around their families. Sara Tateno, founder of Happity is a huge inspiration. She joined our pilot programme in September 2015, went on to Makers Academy and has now built Happity an amazing app to help parents find things to do with her little ones.
What's next for Mums in Tech?
We’re running some new short courses on UX, Wordpress and Front-end development this summer. We’ve also got 4 cohorts of our signature course coming up which runs over 7 weeks. In addition, we have our second course “Return with Impact and Influence” course at RADA running on the 21st and 22nd of November which we are very excited about.
We're extra excited to feature June on Maternity Leave Life because Lizzie (MLL founder) is running the UX Bootcamp for Mums In Tech through her business, Ribbon Digital! If you haven't got your ticket yet get one now to learn how to design and deliver the best experiences for your customers.