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An introduction to Python for women and their friends


You are invited to learn and practice Python basics at the 5th Pystar Philly Python Workshop! This event is for women who have no programming experience or limited programming experience. Men are welcome as guests of women who are attending.

This is a 1.5 day event, with sessions on Fri. April 5 from 6 PM to 9 PM and Sat. April 6 from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. You must be able to attend both days to participate.

We'll be following the curriculum developed by our friends at the Boston Python Workshop.

On Friday evening you'll set up your development environment, learn how to execute Python code from a file and interactively from a Python prompt, and practice printing and using Python as a calculator.

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.

Our goal is to provide a comfortable environment in which women can develop their programming skills with confidence. Instructors from PyStar Philly, PhillyPUG, and Monetate will be friendly guides throughout the event.


Venue details

Monetate is our host and lunch sponsor. Both the Friday night and Saturday sessions of the workshop will take place at their headquarters in Conshohocken (accessible from the Manayunk/Norristown regional rail line). We'll be sending out additional information about public transit to Monetate and possible carpooling from the city.


Rough schedule

Friday evening, April 5, 6p-9p:

  • laptop setup
  • first steps with Python

Saturday, April 6, 10a-4:30p:

  • review Friday's material
  • lecture-based introduction to Python with hands-on practice
  • lunch, provided by Monetate
  • lightning talks from previous workshop graduates
  • projects
  • wrap-up and next steps


Things to bring on Friday and Saturday

your laptop computer and power cord, water bottle, notebooks and pens (and anything else you need to help you learn)


Workshop fee

We're charging a modest fee of $20 to cover costs. If you're unable to pay this fee, please contact us and we'll work something out.


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  • Clare Jasmine D.

    CodingBat and CodingAcademy totally rock. I showed my coworker both of them and he thought they were really cool, too.

    1 · April 12, 2013

  • Maggie

    Thanks for a great weekend of Python! I learned so much and it was nice to start learning in an environment where where there was so much support and guidance.

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Ramya

    Thank you for the awesome Python introduction class. The best food for the programming mind. Loved the class and excited using Python. My startup trouble for learning python is over. Looking for more mind boggling sessions!

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was so good to get started with Python in an interactive environment where there was lots of help when I needed it!

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Marta M.

    Awesome - I learned a lot from a lot of friendly folks and am now excited to keep using Python.

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Leslie B.

    Great way to get started in programming. "Picking the best data structure solves half your problem." In this case, picking intuitive teachers does :).

    2 · April 6, 2013

  • KC

    thanks so much to everyone who shared their knowledge and experience. excellent to see so many new coders too!

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • Josette R.

    Unfortunately due to personal matters, I won't be able to attend :(

    April 5, 2013

  • Clare Jasmine D.

    How about I bid $25 for a spot? ;)

    March 26, 2013

    • Dana B.

      Hi Clare, I enrolled you. You don't have to pay extra. :) It's just $20 through Paypal.

      March 26, 2013

    • Clare Jasmine D.

      OMG, yayyy!!!!

      1 · March 26, 2013

  • Leslie B.

    Whoa, I feel so like Charlie with the golden ticket!

    1 · March 26, 2013

  • Leslie B.

    Looking forward to seeing SheTechPhilly and LadyHacks.

    2 · March 26, 2013

  • Nick K.

    Coming with Anne Maiale.

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So glad a spot opened up

    March 23, 2013

  • Maneesha S.

    Laura and Cassandra - we are hoping to offer these workshops a few times a year, so please keep an eye out. Join this meetup & you'll find out about future events as they are scheduled.

    March 22, 2013

    • cassandra

      Maneesha, thank you so much!

      March 22, 2013

  • Lori

    I want to attain this workshop. Please RSVP me.

    March 22, 2013

    • Maneesha S.

      Lori - So glad you are interested!! We are currently at capacity with a few people on our waitlist. Please join the waitlist so we can get you in if any space opens up.

      March 22, 2013

  • cassandra

    Hello, will this be offered again? Im working all day saturday? Please add me to your list for any upcoming similar events!

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all,
    Is anyone driving up from center city/university city for this event? My friend and I go to U-Penn and would love to hitch a ride!

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to attend this workshop if some places are still available..Thanks

    March 16, 2013

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