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The Diversity in Tech Community in Dublin & Ireland • Vicky Twomey-Lee

February 26, 2017

[UPDATE 20181005] Added BlockW Ireland
[UPDATE 2018–08–13] Added section for under 18s groups (BAME Tech, CoderDojoGirls, Girls Hack Ireland, iWish and teen turn
[UPDATE 2018–08–07] Added, Women Who Co-Work Dublin and Girl Develop It
[UPDATE 2018–05–15] Updated LeanIn Belfast to Women in Tech Belfast
[UPDATE 2018–05–15] Added Lesbians Who Tech Dublin
[Update 2018–04–11] Added Hello Sprinters Dublin
[Update 2018–04–06] Added Women of Wearables Dublin
[Update 2018–03–19] Added Women in Blockchain Dublin
(You can find list of older edits to this page at the end of the post)

I’ve been meaning to write this post for ages, well since February, about all the women/diversity in tech groups we have around Dublin and Ireland.

2017 has been interesting, at least three new Women in Tech groups that I know of popped up in Dublin. It’s amazing as back in 2008, I wished there was at least one group, and I thought my wishes were answered when Ireland Girl Geek Dinner started… but I wished there were more programming groups that have more people than just your atypical coder that attend techie events.

I co-founded Coding Grace (diversity-friendly coding workshops) which started in May 2013, and founded PyLadies Dublin (Python coding evenings) which had its first meetup in October 2013. It was certainly different to run and mentor workshops, and great to have technical events that’s not just about talks, and have some hands-on coding evenings or interactive workshops that are inclusive and friendly to everyone.

Another group that I want to mention is WITS (Women in Technology and Science) Ireland, who have been around since 1990, with amazing patrons like our first female Irish president, Mary Robinson, Mary McAleese and the current president, Michael D. Higgins. What makes this group different is that WITS Ireland is involved with gender equality policies on the government level in the areas of STEM and have members in public and private sectors.

It’s amazing that we have so many diversity groups, but I am not the only to think that we should be careful that we don’t fragment the community. The tech community (especially in Dublin) is small, the diversity community is even smaller. I hope that all organisers will collectively be in touch with one another and co-ordinate (if possible), or even just let folks know in advance when their event(s) are on. Plus it’s a great way to give heads up and we can shout out about each other’s events. Maybe some folks don’t want to, that’s ok, I just want to be friends with everyone! 😀

Here’s the list of groups (including mine) that I know of, if you know of more, please send them on to me at, and I’ll update this post (or follow up with another one):-

Other group(s) in the past, these groups are currently inactive, maybe you might be interested in helping out:-

A NEW section for diversity in tech groups that target those who are under 18 years old:

BTW, all groups above would love you to help them out, don’t be a stranger. I know I would be over the moon to get more volunteers to help me out and run/organise events. 🙂

The following is not a group, but initiatives of interest for women in tech:

  • Women ReBOOT — for experienced and qualified ICT women who have taken a career break

More shameless self-promos

  • Looking for volunteers for Coding Grace, PyLadies Dublin
  • Looking for speakers for PyLadies Dublin
  • Guest techie/geeky bloggers for Coding Grace


Archive of edits made on this page (list was getting quite long at the top  )

[Update 2017–11–27] Changed XX+Data to Her+Data
[Update 2017–11–23] Thanks to Victoria McCallum for additional new groups based in Belfast, Women Tech Space, Code Co-op NI, Belfast IT Girls.
[Update 2017–09–01] Added Girl Crew. All the ones tagged “new” are ones that started this year.
[Updated 2017–05–10] Added XX-Data.
[Updated 2017–04–24 again] Added LoveLace Space to the list, it’s a feminist hackerspace in Dublin. We are still looking for a space, but we are running events and focussing on building a community first.
[Updated 2017–04–24] Update with more groups below in the listings, thanks to @glenndavidson and @Victoria McCallum for more info on groups in the north.

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