A project-driven introduction to Python for women and their friends

  • August 17, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Orbitz Worldwide (Citybank Building / Ogilvie Transportation Center)

Learn and practice Python basics with this project-driven workshop!


Friday (8/17): 6-9pm

Saturday (8/18): 9:30-4:30pm (breakfast and lunch provided)

You'll need to bring a wireless-enabled laptop!


Audience: Women and their friends who have no or limited programming experience. This event is welcoming and respectful of trans women. Men are welcome as guests of women who are attending (please RSVP as well).

On Friday evening you'll set up your development environment and start learning Python through a self-directed tutorial and online practice problems.

On Saturday we'll spend the morning on a lecture-based introduction to the language, taking breaks to practice concepts on bite-sized exercises. In the afternoon we'll break out into groups to practice Python through short projects on a variety of fun and practical topics.


You must be able to attend both days of the workshop to participate.

Our goal is to provide an environment in which women can develop their programming skills with confidence. Our staff are predominantly women from the Chicago programming and open source communities.

See the wiki for more information on laptop setup, lecture material, and the projects, as well as workshop logistics.


Friday evening (8/17): laptop setup and first steps with Python

  • 6pm to 9pm: set up your development environment and start learning Python.
  • Things to bring: a wireless-enabled laptop.


Saturday (8/18): lecture and projects

  • 9:30am - 10am: grab some breakfast, settle in, and review Friday's material.
  • 10am - Noon: welcome and lecture-based introduction to Python with hands-on practice.
  • Noon - 1pm: lunch, provided by us! If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know in your RSVP.
  • 1pm - 4pm: break out into groups to practice Python through short projects.
  • 4pm - 4:30pm: wrap-up, next steps, and upcoming opportunities for learning and practicing Python.
  • Things to bring: the same wireless-enabled laptop from Friday.

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  • the m.

    Thank you all for bringing us together and making this event a success! Woohoo I earned 2 badges!

    August 22, 2012

  • Carla A.

    Hi, Shelia, Yarko just told me that he wanted to come and help out tonight. Do you thinnk you could get him on the list.



    August 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I assume it's too late to add a +1?

    August 17, 2012

    • Sheila M.

      Okay, just checked, and I was able to get him added to the list. Cool cool.

      August 17, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you so much!!!

      August 17, 2012

  • Andrea B.

    I'm excited :)

    August 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    How different from the Boston Python Workshop will this be?

    August 11, 2012

    • Sheila M.

      We are using the BPW's lessons for this one. This is the first one we've tried doing, so I wanted to follow their lesson plans since they have worked through them in multiple events. Once we get some experience with workshops, we'd like to try out some new lessons and "play test" them in groups and work out some new things. LIke maybe play with the Chicago data portal, the cta api, etc.

      August 11, 2012

  • Sheila M.

    Nope, rsvp-ing here is sufficient.

    1 · July 31, 2012

  • the m.

    Is rsvp-ing on meetup enough or do we have to also register on that wiki page posted above?

    July 31, 2012

  • Sheila M.

    Invite a friend who is curious about programming.

    July 25, 2012

  • Dion R.

    Hello, I don't have a friend in the meeting, can I still come?

    July 24, 2012

  • Sheila M.

    Attendees with +1's please have your friends sign up with the RSVP so that meetup can track the head count and waiting list for us.

    July 21, 2012

  • Andrea B.

    Very expired!

    July 16, 2012

  • aisha

    It is, but men can attend as friends of one of the female attendees.

    July 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't see this was for women at first. Meetup suggested it to me.

    July 14, 2012

  • Sheila M.

    There is no fee for this event.

    July 13, 2012

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