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Railsbridge workshop for women developers

This workshop is intended to reach out to women developers who are new to Ruby and Rails. To register, you must identify as a woman. Men, you are welcome to come *if* you are a guest of a woman who has registered for the class.

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 Friday night to install all of the software you need, and then spend the Saturday workshop day learning and writing code.

Our outstanding co-instructors are CalTech's Cynthia Kiser (@cnk) and Pivotal Lab's Mike Gehard (@mikegehard).

Friday installfest and after-party from 6 - 9 p.m. are mandatory.

It's 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.

Saturday workshop runs from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. with a party following.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided both days free of charge thanks to our awesome sponsors.


Interested in helping a fabulous group of women learn Ruby on Rails? Volunteer as a Teaching Assistant or event co-organizer. Email Wendy or Kristi via the "contact us" link.


We also have limited openings for additional event sponsors. Email Wendy or Kristi via the "contact us" link.

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  • Marilyn W.

    Great! Everyone really knocked themselves out for this one. Thanks to all ... Bing, Mike,Wendy.

    July 30, 2012

  • Cynthia T.

    Excellent material, knowledgable presenters. I think that a short introduction at the beginning of InstallFest mapping out what we were going to do over the workshop would have crystalized the process for me. On Friday night, I didn't pay enough attention to the sections where we built and tested the test app, thinking somehow that it was part of the Ruby installation, vs. the process that we would repeat each time we made an application.
    Overall, an terrific experience - thanks to all who spent their Friday night & most of Saturday in a basement coaching us along!

    July 29, 2012

  • Maureen C.

    I am in meltdown over not being able to go!! Please, please do this again. I'd happily pay for something like this.

    July 26, 2012

  • Wendy N.

    Wow! With 5 weeks to go before our workshop, we have a sell-out crowd. If your plans change and you are unable to attend, please release your RSVP so someone on the wait list can take your place. Join the Meetup so you can get early notice of future Railsbridge workshops and social events to be held in Colorado. Thanks again for your amazing support!

    June 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't make, I have tickets to RockyGrass that day. Bought them months ago.

    June 11, 2012

  • Geri

    Thanks for doing this, I'm really looking forward to it!

    1 · June 10, 2012

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