Gift of Innovation – Dresscode to Partner with Dress For Success and Big Brothers Big Sisters to Offer STEM Education to Both Organizations


Dresscode Tech to Gift Coding Lessons to Underprivileged Women and Girls Through Partnership With Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago and Dress For Success.

CHICAGO (September 12, 2018) — Dresscode Tech, a Chicago-based start-up merging fashion and technology to educate and excite women and girls about computer science, joined Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Metropolitan Chicago and Dress for Success Worldwide-Central today to announce the launch of the Gift of Innovation, a new program that will expose, empower, and inspire thousands of women and girls to pursue a career in coding and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

“As a company, we partnered with organizations that focus on the positive development of teen girls as well as professional development for women in need,” said Dresscode Tech CEO Kayte Malik. “At Dresscode, we believe that there is beauty in technology and innovation, but also that exposure and community are the two key factors in getting women of all ages excited about Technology. That’s why both Big Brothers Big Sisters and Dress For Success are prefect organizations to partner with to launch the Gift of Innovation Program.”

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The program will work on a one-for-one model. When a customer buys a Dresscode coding bracelet it unlocks a coding lesson. With the ‘Gift of Innovation,’ Dresscode will also gift a lesson to impoverished populations of women and girls who want to learn to code. To expand its offerings, Dresscode will partner with and supply Big Brothers Big Sisters and Dress for Success with online coding lessons in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Additionally, to launch the program, Dresscode will be giving away 1000 coding lessons to the partner organizations. Going forward, upon purchasing a Dresscode coding bracelet, a coding lesson will be gifted to one of the two partner organizations.

“At Big Brothers Big Sisters, more and more girls are expressing interest in STEM activities and enrichment opportunities, yet do not have access to resources or women in the field,” said Paul Lewis, Senior Manager of Site Based Programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago. “Our one-to-one mentoring programs help to highlight both academic and social skills, encouraging the development of interests and hobbies as well. We are grateful that Dresscode Tech can enhance our programming with further tools enabling our youth to achieve their full potential.

“Together Dress for Success Worldwide and Dresscode Tech are impacting the lives of countless women and through the power of technology and collaboration we will continue to extend our reach so that more women will have access to the tools and resources necessary to achieve self-defined success. It is with absolute gratitude and appreciation that Dress for Success and Dresscode Tech enthusiastically jump the information technology divide which will significantly impact the economic empowerment of women.” – Wendy Wilkins, Director – Dress for Success Worldwide-Central

With the “Gift of Innovation” program, Dresscode aims to host 10,000 coding lessons for women and girls by the end of the year through their Fashiontech enabled coding platform and 10x that number in 2019.


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About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever, helping them succeed and thrive in life. As Metro Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, BBBSMC makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on Metro Chicago youth and the communities in which they live. Visit to learn more.




About Dress for Success Worldwide

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to nearly 150 cities in 23 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 1,000,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit to learn more. 

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About Dresscode Tech

Dresscode Tech is an 1871 Chicago- WiSTEM company and fashion-technology brand that believes that there is beauty in innovation and technology.  They merge fashion and tech to educate and excited women and girl about coding, computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Since launching in July of 2017 they have exposed over 2000 women and girls to coding through their online platform and events. Visit to learn more.


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