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.

The Workshop

A RailsBridge event is:

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!

Past Events

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

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