Get started coding with RailsBridge!

RailsBridge workshops are a free and fun way to get started or level up with Rails, Ruby, and other web technologies. Our events focus on increasing diversity in tech, so that people of all backgrounds can feel welcome and comfortable in our industry.

RailsBridge Workshops are free courses targeted at groups of people that are underrepresented in tech. The courses cover an introduction to programming concepts, the available tools, Rails, Ruby, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

A RailsBridge workshop is for you if you want to:

Read more at our Is this workshop for you?.

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 all welcome.

Impact Statistics

Since July 2013 we've run 24 workshops in various places and helped more than 350 people start learning Ruby, Rails, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Our Workshops

Our list of courses lives at Here are the things we can help you start learning.

Each event is an all-day, informal, workshop on a Saturday. We provide breakfast and lunch. 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. If you need it for the course, we'll help you set up your computer with the software you’ll need.

You’ll be given sufficient background and confidence to continue developing your skills independently.

Join our meetup group for details of our next event.


We want to push for all kinds of diversity in the Cape Town tech community: gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, and class. Women were the first population that RailsBridge focused on, but aren't the last.

We believe that the people making technology should accurately reflect the diversity of those using it. Research shows that diverse teams produce better results, and are more creative and innovative.

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

Past Events

We try to run events every three months. We've run our regular events since July 2013 and special events for GirlHype (at the Bandwidth Barn), Herschel school, and the Women in Computer Science group at UCT. We also try and write up short reviews (with photos!) of each event.


All the documentation is online at The Intro to Rails course that we run most often is at Our Resources page at has lots of links for learning about Ruby, Rails, and being a developer.

Join our meetup group for details of our next event.


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RailsBridge is working to make tech more diverse and welcoming by teaching programming, connecting human beings, and listening to people's needs.

RailsBridge needs your help! You could: