Free Ruby on Rails workshops for women and their friends.
The RailsBridge Workshop is a free one-and-a-bit day course run by a volunteer team of experienced and enthusiastic developers. It aims to promote diversity in the software industry by providing an accessible starting point to women interested in coding. The course covers an introduction to programming concepts, the available tools, and Ruby and Rails development techniques. It teaches practical skills useful to those investigating new career paths, looking to compliment their current skill set, or simply interested in gaining a better understanding of software.
Attendees should identify as a woman, and can bring a guest of any gender. You should be comfortable using a computer, but no programming experience or hardware expertise is required. You should have your own laptop to bring along. Mac, Windows, and Linux machines are welcome.
A RailsBridge event is:
- an InstallFest on Friday night, with drinks and snacks, where we help you set up your computer with the software you’ll need; and
- an all-day Workshop on Saturday, including breakfast and lunch, where you’ll learn to use both Ruby and Rails to build and publish a web application.
You’ll be given sufficient background and confidence to continue developing their Rails skills independently. We’ll be teaching in English and Afrikaans.
The Friday night InstallFest is about software, snacks, and sharing. It's about unwinding from your day and preparing for the next day's adventure.
The Saturday workshop is quite informal. You'll work through the documentation at your own pace, asking questions and getting answer from yourself, the other attendees, and from teachers who are close by in case you would like some help.
Read our reviews of the July 2013, October 2013, and January events for more information, a few photos, and to see what the students thought about the workshop.
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About Ruby and Rails
Ruby is a free, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. Ruby on Rails is a web application framework: a reusable set of shortcuts that help you build dynamic web sites.
We would like to help improve diversity and the gender ratio in the Cape Town tech community.
We want to show how programming skills can be useful, empowering, and fun, particularly when applied to the web.
We want to bring more people into the local Ruby community, and encourage more user groups to think about diversity and outreach.
We want to provide people new to programming with access to a diverse network of smart, capable programmers.
When & Where
Our next event will be held on the 25th and 26th of April 2014 at the Siyelo offices in Cape Town. Please go to our meetup page for more details and to sign up!
We've run events in July 2013, October 2013, and January 2014. Read the July review and the October review to see how things went.
All the documentation is online at docs.railsbridgecapetown.org.
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Stuart Corbishley is an experienced software developer specializing in Ruby, Rails and systems integration. Having a background in scaling and automation he is also a practiced photographer, bringing a passion for simple and beautiful designs inside and out.
Glenn Roberts kicks ass, and persists names in a nosql database.
Rory McKinley has been letting software escape into the wild for more than 12 years. He works at Hetzner, where he is lucky enough to work with people who are a lot smarter than he is.
Elizabeth Braae is a philosopher-turned-programmer who works for a small web start-up. Her interests include node.js, formal logic, and dinosaurs.
Wiehann Radyn has been using Ruby on Rails to create elegant software for the past 5 years. He currently works at Platform45.
Steve Barnett has a background in Maths and finance and started work as a Front End Developer in 2005, escaping to South Africa from his native England. He works at Flow Interactive, and he’s most interested in the multi-device world and making the web accessible to all. You can find him at naga.co.za or on Twitter as @maxbarners.
Cara Turner is an agile coach with a passion for creating a positive working experience in complex environments. Facilitation is her tool of choice to harness team knowledge and direct meaningful change. Her ultimate aim is for us all to find autonomy, mastery and purpose in our work.
At Siyelo, we help build new companies, and improve the technology of existing ones.
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The largest Ruby on Rails development agency in London and Cape Town.
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RailsBridge is an organization that works to increase diversity in tech by putting on a variety of awesome free events.
RailsBridge needs your help! You could:
- Attend a workshop.
- Tell a woman you know about RailsBridge, and encourage her to attend a workshop.
- Teach at a workshop.
- Contribute to the curriculum or InstallFest instructions on GitHub.
- Speak up for diversity in tech in your office or community.
- Join us!
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