February Rails Outreach for Women Workshop: February 4-5, Hashrocket

Friday, February 4th, 6:30-9pm (REQUIRED): software install fest
Saturday February 5th: 9:30am-4pm: workshop

5pm: after-party for volunteers & attendees, location TBA

This workshop is intended to reach out to women who are new to Ruby and Rails. Men are welcome to come; please find the woman/mature-female in your life who wants to learn Ruby and Rails and who will register then bring you as a guest. When registering guys you will be asked who you are coming as a guest of please be sure to fill out this question.

The workshop is FREE of charge!

We are looking for additional volunteers, both folks who know Ruby on Rails to TA and people who are willing to help with logistics. Please sign up here: http://www.meetup.com...

Hashrocket is located at 661 W. Lake Street Chicago IL 60661

In this workshop, we'll take you through building a complete web application using Ruby on Rails. By the end of the workshop, you'll have an application on the internet that connects to a database and reads and writes information.

We'll meet up Install Fest day to install all of the software you need, and then spend workshop day learning and writing code. Be sure to attend the installfest especially if you are on Windows, because Rails 3 can be a bit tricky on Windows.

Total programming novices, system administrators, developers in other languages, and folks who attended our previous workshops are all welcome. We'll have different classes separated by experience level. Each participant needs to bring his or her own computer.

When you RSVP you'll be asked a few question about your operating system, level and type of programming experience, and whether you will be bringing any children. We will plan for a playgroup on site if you're bringing a child.

Snacks will be provided Friday evening and lunch will be provided on Saturday.
If you have questions or ideas for us, the best way to get in touch is to send a message to the organizers.

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  • Angeleah D.

    The workshop was a great way to gain working experience in the steps that are involved to build and make a project in Ruby on Rails. It was well organized and the volunteers were friendly and patient. I also liked meeting new people also interested in Ruby. I would like to be able to attend another event.

    February 11, 2011

  • Leon S.

    An excellent, excellently-run meeting. The staff/volunteers were knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and available. They communicated not only the technical details of the tasks that we went through, but also the culture and attitudes behind Ruby programming. The food was good, too! :-)

    February 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    The workshop was really great. There at least seemed to be enough one-one attention for people who needed it, while those who needed less attention were still able to get help if or when needed. I would definitely come back for another workshop.

    February 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I definitely feel a lot more confident about using Rails now. I'm still a beginner, for sure, but it's less scary, less menacing. I'd love to attend another workshop. Thanks to all the volunteers! They were extremely helpful, and extremely patient!

    February 7, 2011

  • Olga

    Great meetup! The organizers and volunteers were extremely helpful. Got a great introduction to Ruby on Rails! Thank you to all for putting together such a successful meetup.

    February 6, 2011

  • Kassi

    Everyone was great! I knew nothing and left with so much knowledge. I will definitely recommend this workshop to more women.

    February 5, 2011

  • Angeli G.

    Emily: The main streets and sidewalks are pretty clear by the meeting. You'll probably need to park in one of several nearby garages. In the Chicago Loop you'll find limited street parking with a max of 2 hours.

    February 4, 2011

  • Olga

    Ok, I am now showing as 'going'... I hope it's not another software glitch. Desi, can you confirm please? I am now seeing that the number of participants has been bumped to 31 instead of 26.

    February 3, 2011

  • Ellen M.

    Of course the first lesson of software is that there are glitches that have to be handled courteously, professionally and transparently. Desi, thanks for a good first lesson even us Wait-Listers learned!

    February 1, 2011

  • Desi

    Okay like I said earlier Meetup updated their software and apparently had a few issues. The meetup event should be showing correctly now and I have emailed both confirmed and waitlisted people with additional information. If you have questions please feel free to email me or call me. [masked] and 4044236355. I apologize for the confusion but it was out of my control.

    January 31, 2011

  • Desi

    Meetup updated their software in the last week or so and I think they screwed some stuff up. The admin side of the site is really buggy. I am very sorry for all the confusion.

    January 31, 2011

  • Desi

    I believe that many people accidentally signed up on the volunteer list. The workshop filled up within a few hours of opening it up to the public. Meetup made the situation more confusing. I promise we have not pulled anyone who was on the confirmed list. I will finalize the list of attendees tonight. Additionally I am turning off signup on both the volunteer event and the wait list. I apologize for the confusion. Please look for an email this evening.

    January 31, 2011

  • j h.

    got my hopes up!

    January 30, 2011

  • Neal S.

    Ok so I recruited a female to attend and I was hoping to be the guest as a male attendee and am now also waitlisted! Sorry to spam but just wanted to add a circumstance to the conversation...

    January 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm also confused. I received an email saying that a spot had opened up on the waitlist and that I was going and when I checked this list, I was listed as going. Now I'm listed as "wait listed." Am I going or am I waitlisted? I already got work off and I'd like to see if anyone wanted to share a hotel room (if I'm going)...

    January 29, 2011

  • Angeli G.

    Same. Already made arrangements to go!

    January 29, 2011

  • j h.

    Same issue! I got an e-mail yesterday saying I could go but now I'm "WAITING" on here.

    January 29, 2011

  • Olga

    I am confused. Yesterday, I was shown that 50 members are attending and I was on the attending list. Now, it's showing that 26 are attending and I am on the waiting list. Can someone clarify this please. Thanks.

    January 29, 2011

  • Desi

    Sam, As for parking. There is street parking but I can't guarantee it will be a breeze. There is a parking garage a few blocks away as well. The event is a two day event so were you all planning to drive down both days?

    January 28, 2011

  • Desi

    Angeleah the workshop is free and I am super excited too!

    January 18, 2011

  • Angeleah D.

    super excited!

    January 18, 2011

28 went

Our Sponsors

  • RailsBridge

    An inclusive and friendly Ruby on Rails Community.

  • Brad's Deals

    Host and breakfast sponsor, December 2014 Workshop

  • Dev Bootcamp

    After party host and sponsor, December 2014 Workshop

  • Hashrocket

    Lunch sponsor, December 2014 Workshop

  • Table XI

    Installfest pizza co-sponsor, December 2014 Workshop

  • DRW

    Past sponsor of food and drinks

  • Elevated Rails

    Past sponsor of food and drinks

  • Obtiva

    Past sponsor of food and drinks

  • 8th Light

    Past sponsor of food and drinks

  • Groupon

    hosting for June 2012 workshop

  • DevChix

    A non-profit organization for women software developers worldwide.

  • 8th Light

    sponsor for June 2012 workshop

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