(June 2012) A project-driven introduction to Python for women and their friends

Learn and practice Python basics with this project-driven workshop

* Note: please update your RSVP as necessary as we have many ladies waiting for spots!

** There is a second workshop planned!


We're bringing the Boston Python Workshop to Portland!

Friday (6/22): 6-9pm

Saturday (6/23): 9:30-4:30pm (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 who want to learn Python 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 Portland programming and open source communities.


Venue details

Idealist is hosting this event. We'll be in their 6th floor open space for both days of the event. See the venue section of the wiki for directions and a map.


Friday evening (6/22): 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 (6/23): lecture and projects

  • 9:30am - 10am: 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 e-mail us as you RSVP.
  • 1pm - 4pm: projects.
  • 4pm - 4:30pm: wrap-up and next steps.
  • Things to bring: the same wireless-enabled laptop from Friday.


Saturday projects:

  • Projects TBD!

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  • Emily

    It was super great! I want to keep practicing!

    June 25, 2012

  • Erin Robinson G.

    This was super helpful - I reeeeeeeeally hope that they plan an intermdiate class version of this as well as a women only practice hack/night.

    June 25, 2012

  • Heather

    Such a great group of people who were so helpful! I learned a lot and am incredibly grateful!

    June 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to everyone who put this together and volunteered their time and resources! I never would have known it was the first one in Portland. Very well done! Thank you!

    June 24, 2012

  • Khanh P.

    inspired by the generous, open, knowledge-sharing environment. python for women workshops rock!

    June 24, 2012

  • Stephanie R.

    Really enjoyed this opportunity. The volunteers were wonderful - clearly dedicated and knowledgeable people. The workshop was set up very well, from the self-tutorial Friday evening to the various coding bats and lecture session.

    June 24, 2012

  • Erica

    I'm excited!!!

    June 21, 2012

  • Michelle R.

    Michelle, mine's the same age. :) It should be good to go. See you Friday!

    June 19, 2012

  • Michelle B.

    A four year old Mac book will do?

    June 19, 2012

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