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

  • Jul 12, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • MIT

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

When: Friday, July 12th, 6pm - 9pm, and Saturday, July 13th, 10am - 3:30pm

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.

Check out photos and feedback from our previous workshop.

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 Boston programming and open source communities.

See the previous Workshop wiki for more information on laptop setup, lecture material, and the projects, as well as workshop logistics including parking and childcare.


Venue details

MIT is hosting this event. The exact room is TBA.


Friday evening (7/12): 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 (7/13): lecture and projects

  • 10am - noon: lecture-based introduction to Python with hands-on practice.
  • Noon - 1pm: lunch, provided by us! If you have dietary restrictions, please e-mail us as you RSVP.
  • 1pm - 3pm: projects.
  • 3pm - 3:30pm: wrap-up and next steps.
  • Things to bring: the same wireless-enabled laptop from Friday.

Saturday projects

  • Wordplay and how to cheat at Words with Friends.
  • Programming graphical effects for a ColorWall.


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  • Gwen G.

    For those looking for more intro python instruction, has a good beginner course for folks with no programming experience. I took it last year and found it very helpful. It starts August 19 and is called Learn to Program: The fundamentals, offered by Univ. of Toronto.

    2 · July 16, 2013

  • Katie

    This was awesome. I learned a lot and had a great time, and the lectures, tutorials and projects were very well-organized. Thank you to the workshop staff! Looking forward to future events.

    3 · July 14, 2013

  • Jing

    It was a great experience. Thank you to Jessica and all the TAs!

    July 14, 2013

  • Sangeeta S.

    A great teaser workshop with smooth execution. Kudos to Jessica and her team of volunteer TAs! Truly appreciate your giving back efforts.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Magdalena N.

    It was good, useful for beginner. I wish speakers would pause once in a while to let the crowd to catch up with them. There were well chosen topics and good tutorials to practice. Thank you for doing it.

    July 13, 2013

  • Dianna B.

    After day one I thought it was great. I thought the description was accurate when it suggested this would be appropriate for people with little to no programming experience. I felt challenged, but not overwhelmed. In addition, the volunteers were quick to respond to puzzled looks and very helpful.

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Sandra M. F.

    So I'm here, but I have no idea how I'm supposed to get in. All of the doors appear to be locked. Help?

    July 13, 2013

  • Amanda

    Good; looking forward to tomorrow! :)

    July 12, 2013

  • Amanda

    Was great! TAs are great and Jessica organized a clear lesson! Learned a lot!

    July 12, 2013

  • amyem

    Something has come up for all day Saturday, please let someone else go.

    July 12, 2013

  • Marie Antoinette L.

    Hey, I'm in SF and super *jealous*. Any way you guys can do a Google Hangout/Podcast or something?? Or perhaps someone can just take notes for me!!!????

    July 12, 2013

  • Austin C.

    an extra meeting, sorry

    July 12, 2013

  • Austin C.

    sorry, can not make it for there is an extra meeting this afternoon

    July 12, 2013

  • Vicki G.

    Sorry I cannot attend

    July 12, 2013

  • Vicki G.

    Looking forward

    July 12, 2013

  • Janice Y.

    Thank you! Can't wait!

    July 12, 2013

  • Susanna L.

    Would LOVE TO ATTEND!!! How would we know of last minute spaces available? Thanks!

    July 11, 2013

    • Jessica M.

      Thanks for your interest! As folks un-RSVP and waitlisters get moved to the attendee list, they'll get notified. We won't shut down RSVP changes until the event starts. If you don't make it off the waitlist, we do run this event every couple of months, and the monthly Boston Python Project Nights are another great place to get started.

      July 11, 2013

  • Lauren M.

    Damage laptop keyboard takes me off list. Please pass spot on to next on wait list :(

    July 11, 2013

  • Susanna L.

    Would LOVE TO ATTEND!!!! How will we know of last minute space availability???

    July 11, 2013

  • MJ ☥ ח.

    RSVPed too quick before realizing this one is for the PyLadies.

    July 4, 2013

    • Jessica M.

      Thanks for your interest in this workshop! We have space at this event for 75 attendees total, and RSVP'ing with a guest is disabled for this event -- all attendees must RSVP themselves.

      July 11, 2013

    • Daniela P.

      I just found out I can't make it so I will give up my spot actually.

      July 11, 2013

  • Julie N.

    Sorry, can't make it this time, but would like to attend in the future!

    July 6, 2013

  • Sarita S.

    I would like to bring a guest. So can you please add 2 to the waitlist?

    July 6, 2013

  • Stacie Rae N.

    I would like a veggie meal please.

    July 5, 2013

  • Bibi P

    I have been trying to learn Python on my own recently but would benefit from group environment.

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Thom N.

    I'm attending as a guest with Stacie Nichols.

    July 5, 2013

  • Stephen P.

    I am attending as a guest of Elvan Uysal.

    July 4, 2013

  • Christopher S.

    +1 of Sarah

    July 4, 2013

  • Vicki G.

    looking forward

    July 4, 2013

  • John O.

    Not a woman

    July 4, 2013

  • Martha

    I just started learning Python so this is a super opportunity.

    July 4, 2013

  • Brian Y.

    I'd also be willing to volunteer if you need help and if men are welcome.

    July 3, 2013

    • Jessica M.

      Thanks for the offer! Please send an e-mail to [masked], and from there I'll send along volunteering details.

      July 3, 2013

  • Anant U.

    Hi, I would love to come but are men welcome or is it just women thing ?

    July 3, 2013

    • Jessica M.

      Hi Anant. Thanks for your interest in this workshop! Men are welcome to attend as guests of women who are attending. It's a great opportunity to reach out to a woman in your life who is interested in learning to program, so you can come together. :)

      July 3, 2013

  • Libby R.

    Yay! Looking forward.

    July 3, 2013

  • Richard L.

    guest of Allison

    July 3, 2013

  • Suba S.

    I am excited to attend this event. Could not make it to any of the meetups. Vegetarian lunch please.

    July 3, 2013

Our Sponsors

  • Twilio

    Twilio is providing pizza on August 28.

  • PluralSight

    PluralSight is sponsoring project night September 7th.

  • DataRobot

    Pizza sponsor for August 8 project night.

  • Kyruus

    Kyruus is sponsoring pizza for the July 18 presentation.

  • Cambridge Innovation Center

    The CIC will host us on July 18, complete with glorious summertime AC .

  • Akamai

    Akamai is hosting and sponsoring the June 22 presentation night.

  • IBM Resilient

    Sponsor of the June 5 project night.

  • Amazon Alexa

    Sponsor and host of the May 9th presentation night

  • GenePeeks

    Sponsor of the May 2nd presentation night

  • Wayfair

    Sponsor and host of the April 27th presentation night

  • OM1

    OM1 is sponsoring pizza on the 1/23 presentation night.

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