Who are you, what do you do, and who do you do it for?
My name is Kayte Malik and I make technology beautiful as the founder and CEO of Dresscode Tech. Dresscode believes there is beauty in innovation and technology. The company merges fashion and technology to excite and educate women and girls about computer science, coding and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Dresscode has created fashion forward coding bracelets that have stings of binary code on them with empowering messages like "I am Bold," "I am Smart," and "I am Brave."
The User takes the code to our learning portal on the Dresscode websites and enters it to unlock coding lessons in the following programing lessons: HTML, CSS and Java Script.
How did you get to where you are?
Why are you doing what you're doing?
In business school I saw need to excite and expose more women and girls to technology, innovation and coding, and thought that fashion would be a great way to do that. For as long as I can remember when it came to technology I was usually the only girl in the room. In college, I was one of two women in the CS program and ultimately ended up switching majors because I felt like I didn’t belong. Then in the corporate world I was usually the only woman on a project. I want women and girls to know that technology can be beautiful and the opportunities are endless if one knows how to code.
What advice would you give to other aspiring Women2Watch?
Whether it is fashion, retail, technology or any other industry, it is so important be never stop learning and always be curious. Curiosity is where ideas come from and it is ideas that solve problems.
Also, be strategic about your business network is important, make sure that the people you surround yourself with will make you better and help you achieve your goals.
Any other thoughts you'd like to share with our audience?
As a company we have been able to give back monetary awards to fund STEM education for women and girls in addition to product awards to 6 different organization nationally. Dresscode is in the process of building out a new strategic initiative where we will be able to expose even more women and girls to technology. Stay tuned—we’ll be announcing more about this initiative soon!
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