Why we love Emma Dicks

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you."


Emma Dicks (27) is an innovator and co-ordinator of multiple educational programmes for young individuals. She is passionate about uplifting South Africa with tech education, since it is such a useful skill and is in demand in many industries.She commits to educating others about entrepreneurship and wants to leave a legacy in the South African education system.
One of her most well-known and prosperous projects is the Code4CapeTown programme, which enables young girls to learn computer skills and IT knowledge. Emma has earned many achievements, including the Queen's Young Leaders Award.
Graduating from Rustenburg Girl's High School and then the University of Cape Town with a bachelor's in Business Sciences and Marketing, as well as the University of California, Santa Cruz with Exchange and Economics. She is the founder of Little Moon in the SHAWCO Organisation and head of media in the Innovate the Cape Organisation. She is multilingual, speaking English, Afrikaans, German, Italian, isiXhosa and French.


Queens Young Leaders Award : The Queens Young Leaders Award is awarded to exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the globe who are using their skill to improve their communities.

Brightest Young Minds Delegates : This award is given to individuals between 20 and 32 who have demonstrated their commitment to positive social change.

WeTech Seed Fund Grantee : The Seed Fund supports programs that provide women and girls access to training and information in computer science.

Transformation Cup for Mountain and Ski Clubs Excellent Outreach Project : UCT sports awards

Palma Merit Award : Awarded for bringing honour to Rustenburg.


Code4CT Emma Dicks is the founder of Code4CT, an 18-month programme which introduces high school girls to web building skills, coding, design-focused thinking and exposes them to opportunities in the IT industry. The program teaches coding in a way that is appealing to girls: it's fun, creative and a powerful tool for social impact.

The Code4CT programme has three key outcomes: to develop skills, shift girls' perceptions about what they are capable of and foster an empowering environment for aspiring coders. Throughout the program there are a variety of guest speakers who give the girls insight into the possibilities within the tech industry. The final event involves the girls pitching their product to their clients.

For Emma, the focus is on helping young women to create sustainable solutions to pressing problems in South Africa. The curriculum she developed is fun and creative, and frames tech as a powerful tool for social change. In addition, the programme ensures that girls have access to devices, connectivity and creative learning spaces, an enabling network of tutors and mentors, and bursaries and internships to allow them to achieve the dreams that Code4CT hopes to inspires in them.The programme has since grown and due to popular demand, it now offers additional workshops in more locations across Cape Town.



Physical address: Innovate South Africa, 1st Floor Spire House, Tannery Park, 22-24 Belmont Road, Rondebosch, 7700

Email: info@code4ct.com

Tel: 021 685 0991

Website: Code4ct