STUDENTS: RailsBridge Ruby on Rails Workshop for Women

Come learn ruby on rails with RailsBridge on July 12th and 13th @ Google's Quad Campus.

Note: Your spot isn't guaranteed unless you fill out this registration form. If you've already signed up via that form, don't worry about it. If you were expecting an email with the form, don't worry, be happy. I'm planning to send a link to this form as we get closer to the workshop anyway.

Please read to the bottom of this message even if you hate reading.

Friday, July 12th, 2013

7pm-9pm: Software Installfest (REQUIRED)

Please plan on being there for 30-90 minutes to get all software installed. (Every install is a unique snowflake, and some snowflakes take longer to install software on than others.) See the bottom of this description if you're wondering if you have to attend the installfest.

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

9:00am-4:30pm: Workshop

5pm: Celebratory beverage and talk shop at a nearby pub TBA!

Sign up process: Attendees should be the official RSVP-er, with a +1 for their guest(s). Everyone is welcome at Railsbridge, but we strongly encourage women to attend to increase gender diversity among the Ruby on Rails development community.

Transportation: The address is about 3 miles South of the main Google campus, so don't think that your GPS is broken if you pass by all the usual exits. You'll want to get off at the US 101 exit to "Ellis St." If you are riding a bike, we have plenty of space for them...and showers if you think you're stinky.

Daycare: We will have a babysitter, a childcare room, and a mom's room if you'd like to bring mini-me's.

Workshop Description: This workshop is intended to reach out to Women who are interested in learning Ruby on Rails and encourages gender-diverse participation. Everyone is welcome to attend who wants to learn Ruby on Rails -- ask your friends if you aren't sure who might be interested!

In this workshop, we'll take you through the steps to build a web application using Ruby on Rails. Total novices can start with an Intro to Programming, while experienced programmers can jump right into Ruby, Rails or try pairing. 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 on Friday to install all of the software you need, and then spend Saturday learning and writing code. Total 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 their own laptop and power supply.

We'll have snacks Friday night during the Installfest, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Vegetarian options will be available.

It's necessary to do ALL of the following to complete registration:

  1. Confirm that the email address you have listed in Meetup is actually one that you check on a regular basis. (We'll be sending updates, notifications, and to-dos prior to the event, and you'll lose your spot if you fail to respond in a timely manner.)
  2. If you have a Mac, download and install Xcode on your laptop before coming to Installfest on Friday. (Xcode is the software that creates a coding environment for you to tinker with during the workshop.) Xcode is a very large file that takes 2-3 hours to download. Doing it at work on Friday is totally legit, waiting until Friday night at the installfest is not. The installfest instructions for getting Xcode are here: http://installfest.railsbridge.org/installfest/install_xcode.
  3. Fill out the Registration Form that we email to you. It will provide us with details about your operating system, the type and level of programming experience you have, and other questions. You must fill out the Registration Form before 5pm on Monday 7/8/2013 so we can get the final list of attendees and allow waitlisters to take open spots.

Please note: Security at the Google building is very tight and your name needs to be on the list we provide to volunteer Googlers in order for you to be allowed inside. Please fill out the registration form (sent via email) so we have this.

If you need childcare, please comment on this meetup form so I can start working on arranging it.

 

Saturday's schedule approximated:

9-9:30am: Check in, coffee, bagels

9:30ish: Opening presentation / divide into classes

10am: Break into small groups

12:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm: Back to small groups

4:30pm: Closing presentation

5pm: After party at nearby bar

 

FAQ (from workshops.railsbridge.org/resources-for-students)

Q: Do I have to attend the Installfest?

A: Yes! The Installfest is a crucial part of the weekend, even if you’ve already gone through the instructions independently. There are a ton of moving parts when setting up a development environment, and the reason that we’re able to get through the curriculum on Saturday is that every single student has had their dev environment checked and has been awarded a sticker for their successes. There are also enough changing parts that even if you’ve been to a workshop in the past, you should attend the Installfest to get re-verified, because this stuff changes almost constantly.

Q: What is the curriculum?

A: We will be offering the beginning and the intermediate levels of the curriculum at this Railsbride. You must take the beginning curriculum at least once before you "graduate" to the intermediate curriculum. Let us know via the emailed registration form which curriculum you want to take, as many beginners choose to go through beginning curriculum multiple times to get more comfortable with it.

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  • Laurie A.

    Great meetup! Thanks to all who volunteered. Railsbridge is a wonderful and supportive community. Thanks again to all who helped make this such a terrific learning experience.

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Best (and most productive) meet up for me so far! :) Thanks Bernie, Jimer & Anu!

    2 · July 15, 2013

  • Shalmali

    Awsum experience! Thanks for making the learning experience so nice :)

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Yashaswini H.

    Thanks to all the volunteers for conducting such a great workshop! Thank you Jade and Richa for patiently explaining the basic concepts and making this a wonderful learning experience!

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Jessica

    Best experience ever!!

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great resource in case you're all wondering is Daniel Kehoe's Rails tutorials -> http://railsapps.github.io/ he's also on twitter @rails_apps

    1 · July 13, 2013

    • Bernie

      Thanks Nisha!

      July 13, 2013

  • Meredith T.

    Great event, great location, great food, and great people. Thank you!

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you to the folks that volunteered. A great service!

    2 · July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The instructors and TAs for this workshop were awesome, and it felt like a great supportive environment for beginning ruby developers.

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Cathie L.

    Awesome! A million thanks to the organizer, instructors, TA's!

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Gajanan L.

    I registered for this meetup right now.. want to double check that it is ok to have a Windows machine :(

    July 12, 2013

    • Bernie

      Yup, it's ok. Come on in. See you in a bit!

      July 12, 2013

  • Kamil

    My daughter has piano lessons tonight and we won't be able to make the installfest, I know it's mandatory but if we go through the Ruby installation steps and I verify them for her will we still be allowed to attend on Saturday? I guess I'm asking how "mandatory" is tonight's installfest?

    July 12, 2013

  • Heidi

    http://installfest.railsbridge.org/ <- Should I do some of that stuff at home to save time at the Installfest this evening?

    July 12, 2013

    • Bernie

      Hi Heidi,

      July 12, 2013

    • Bernie

      Arg...[Enter] automatically sends the comment. It's completely up to you. It might be a little more fun to do it all here since you'll be among other people going through the same problems, but it depends on what you want out of the workshop. Cheers! Bernie

      July 12, 2013

  • Jennie

    Can't get there in time :(

    July 12, 2013

  • Karen s.

    Sorry, I won't be able to attend.

    July 12, 2013

  • Mindy B.

    I waited to late to get my travel plans together. Hopefully there will be another workshop like this one again.

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Roni M.

    I just cancelled my RSVP, something came up last minute. I hope you all have a great time. Looks like someone on the waitlist auto filled my place since it still says 120 attendees. Enjoy!!

    July 12, 2013

  • Jessica

    Will someone notify me if theres a spot open? Im really eager to learn ruby on rails, and feel lucky to have found this great opportunity on meet up, would love to be a part of this journey.

    July 10, 2013

    • Bernie

      Jessica. You're in. See you at the workshop!

      July 11, 2013

    • Bernie

      P.S. The waitlist is set to work automatically, so as soon as you changed your RSVP, someone got bumped into the workshop.

      July 12, 2013

  • Andrea Heilbronner Ä.

    It looks like I'm probably going to have to work tonight and maybe tomorrow so I'm changing my RSVP. Maybe one of the people on the waitlist can take my spot?

    July 12, 2013

    • Bernie

      Absolutely. Thanks Andrea!

      July 12, 2013

  • Shalmali

    I have installed couple of things for ruby on rails like the Aptana Studio, bitnami ruby stack, MySQL. Since we have the installfest on Friday does it make sense to uninstall all these from my machine?

    July 10, 2013

    • Bernie

      You don't have to uninstall them. At the end of the InstallFest we verify that all the tools you need are actually setup. Having Ruby and Aptana (i.e. a useful text editor) will only be a small part of the setup process. Good question. See you there!

      July 11, 2013

  • Clara S.

    Unfortunately I will be out of town. I apologize for this lack of foresight on my part. Hope it's fun and that I can join in the future!

    July 11, 2013

  • Eric L.

    I just looked through the course on RailsBridge - Good Job!

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've had an accident so I can't attend. SOOO sad! A spot is now open.

    July 11, 2013

    • Bernie

      Ouch. Hope you're all right. Thanks for the heads up.

      July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Driving down to MV tomorrow from Berkeley / East Bay if anyone is interested in car sharing on the way down and splitting for gas. Also will be driving back up after the course Saturday evening (staying with friends in MV overnight) and could car share then too.

    July 11, 2013

  • Jessica

    July 9, 2013

  • aleft

    I am also on the wait list please keep me in the loop if a spot opens up. I would love to attend.

    1 · June 28, 2013

    • Bernie

      Aaaand you're in :-)

      1 · July 9, 2013

    • aleft

      Yes!!!!!!! I'm super excited

      July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm on the waitlist right now but I really hope a spot opens up :) I'm super excited for this!

    June 27, 2013

    • Bernie

      Great! Looking forward to seeing you there!

      July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    aw damn... I thought I had signed up for this when I sent the email, now I see that I was supposed to rsvp on the meetup page..... well, I'm on the waitlist now, maybe a couple people will drop out.... I was so excited too, I managed to install ruby and rails on my ubuntu box :(

    July 9, 2013

    • Bernie

      Looks like you're in! Wohoo!

      July 9, 2013

  • Anele M.

    I really want to attend the classes

    July 9, 2013

    • Bernie

      Anele, the vast majority of people who were once on the waitlist were able to get into the workshop. Put yourself on the waitlist and keep looking back. You might yet get in. :-)

      July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have Xcode v4.6.2 installed on my MAC. Will that work or do I need to download the latest version Xcode 4.6.3?

    July 8, 2013

    • Bernie

      Supriya, that will work fine. :-)

      July 9, 2013

  • Michelle B.

    Schedule change please host another

    July 9, 2013

  • Zachary P.

    I am Meredith Prince's "+1".

    June 24, 2013

    • Bernie

      Great. In that case you're already counted in the "+1," and there's no need to RSVP separately. Mind changing your RSVP back to "No" so that other people can join in?

      June 25, 2013

  • joschka-joseph a.

    Greetings: The Single and the Double MacGuffin on this ( one of them anyway) is the install. We did one last class ( Sunnyvale ) and I & even the helping hand, was in a fog as to just exactly what I or the hand that helped, did.
    What exactly was going on when we did the git registration and the key passed setup. That really needs to be cleared-up this time. Moreover, "where are the log files showing how it was installed: what was updated, deleted and removed and where! I'm still hunting that down, on the Macintosh.

    And, if there aren't enough leaves on this artichoke, there's special way of doing this on the Mac and will any of the updates ( Xcode 5 just came out,for instance ) be confused, bruised or abused by this install or OS X , itself?

    MacGuffin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacGuffin

    June 23, 2013

  • Heidi

    What happens if I select the "None of the above. (i.e. I'd rather make the organizer's life miserable) :-P" option on the registration form?

    June 16, 2013

    • Heidi

      Alright, then should I resubmit the registration form? (I selected the "did programming some time ago" option)

      June 23, 2013

    • Bernie

      Nah, don't worry about it. Thanks though!

      June 23, 2013

  • Laurie A.

    When can I expect the email questionnaire? Getting nervous that I may end up loosing my spot :/

    June 22, 2013

    • Bernie

      Awesome! Glad to hear you're so enthusiastic Laurie! Don't worry, you won't lose your spot. Here's the link to the form, and I'll send it out again toward the end of the week. https://docs.google.co...­

      June 22, 2013

    • Laurie A.

      Thanks Bernie! I am excited for this class and now I can relax, having filled out my form. See you there!

      June 22, 2013

  • veena

    Heidi, The last time I attended one of them, they separated us into various groups depending on skill level. So, you can select the item that represents you most so that you can learn the most from the entire group. If you don't know anything or haven't done any programming , I think you should select it and there will be others in your group with the same requirements. I don't think you would be making anyone life miserable. We are all there to learn.

    June 16, 2013

    • veena

      Heidi. As long as you are comfortable understanding logic and how to write apps you should be fine. Pick I have done some programming option.

      June 18, 2013

    • Bernie

      Okie dokie Heidi, I believe I replied to your original post, and you should be all set. Let me know if you have any more questions.

      June 22, 2013

  • May M.

    Total beginners okay, right? :-)

    June 17, 2013

  • veena

    I saw that you recommend it, but I just did this 2 weeks ago. Do I still need to attend installfest?

    June 16, 2013

    • Bernie

      Hi Veena. Sorry I didn't see your post earlier. If you got your sticker for the installfest last time, and you live in the city, then I'd say you can forgo the installfest. But if you live nearby and it's not too much of a hassle, I'd ask that you stop by just for the verification process. It should only take 10 to 15 minutes to get reverified (if that's a word). Thanks for asking!

      June 22, 2013

  • veena

    I attended an install fest at Outright and I am all set up with ROR. Do you think I should attend the install fest. Thanks,Veena.

    June 16, 2013

  • Jon A S.

    i'm sorry for bein' a d'0udE. i promise to be warm and fuzzy if you let me stay!

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    June 12, 2013

  • Vanessa

    Was I supposed to get a confirmation e-mail?

    June 7, 2013

    • Bernie

      Hi Vanessa, nope. I'll send out a survey in a few days though. You're good to go so far.

      June 7, 2013

  • Michelle W.

    bring one guest, thanks.

    June 7, 2013

  • Madeleine H.

    Sorry just realized I have a conflict. Looking forward to the next time.

    June 7, 2013

  • Madeleine H.

    Is this Friday only or Friday Saturday?

    June 7, 2013

  • Kareem B.

    Betty Wan will be coming with me

    May 20, 2013

    • Bernie

      Great! Thanks Kareem.

      June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks like a very well organized event! Looking forward to attending.

    May 21, 2013

    • Bernie

      Thanks James! Can you make sure that a woman sponsors your attendance? Looks like we might run out of spots as soon as we advertise this to the wider community (we haven't even done that yet and we already have 50 people attending), and since the whole point of the workshop is to increase the gender diversity in Tech, I'd be pretty awkward if your spot kept a woman from attending.

      June 2, 2013

  • Ming Shu Z.

    Yes! I could not get into the SF one but am happy to come down for this great event. Thanks so much RailsBridge for making this workshop available, cannot wait!

    May 27, 2013

    • Bernie

      Our pleasure! Thank YOU for proving that this is a worth-while effort!

      June 2, 2013

  • Michelle B.

    Intermediate

    May 31, 2013

    • Bernie

      Excellent, thanks Michelle.

      June 2, 2013

  • Ameya

    Question about registration: I signed up for the event a few weeks ago and still have not been emailed the registration form. Where can I get it?

    May 31, 2013

    • Bernie

      Ameya, thanks for signing up. We'll send the registration form out when we're closer to the event (probably about 2 weeks out), so that way we don't have to send it out to individuals, and as a sort of reminder that you signed up.

      June 2, 2013

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