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RailsBridge workshops are a free and fun way to get started or level up with Rails, Ruby, and other web technologies. Our events focus on increasing diversity in tech, so that people of all backgrounds can feel welcome and comfortable in our industry.

This workshop is intended to reach out to women who are interested in learning how to build interactive websites. Attendees should identify as a woman, and can bring a guest of any gender.

Interested in learning how to program? Never written a line of code before and are a little intimidated by nerds? There's no need to be! RailsBridge is a friendly place to get together and learn how to write some code.

Maybe you've written a little HTML and CSS before, or touched on Ruby or programming. Maybe you're completely new to this and ready for a challenge. All you need to attend is a laptop* and enthusiasm (*get in touch if you can't get hold of a laptop and we'll see what we can do).

We'll have some of the amazing people from New Bamboo on hand alongside the JSOxford and OxRUG volunteers, so there's plenty of help and mentorship available.

We'll have tea, coffee, snacks and drinks available throughout the day, as well as pastries in the morning and burritos for lunch. Please get in touch if you have any special dietary requirements and we'll sort you out.

We have two tracks: Frontend and Ruby on Rails. Programmers of all skill levels are welcome.

Ruby on Rails track

In this track we'll take you through building a complete web application using Ruby on Rails. By the end of the day, you'll have an application that connects to a database and reads and writes information. Even better, it'll be on the internet! You can see the activities for this track here. Don't forget to come to the Friday InstallFest (see below).

Frontend track

The Frontend track is all about HTML, CSS and JavaScript. We'll be building webpages, making them look *amazing*, and adding dynamic behaviour using JavaScript (click here to see the course syllabus) The only thing you need for this track is a text editor and the web browser you already use! Please download and install a programming text editor (Sublime Text or Atom are a good choice). Don't forget to come to the Friday InstallFest (see below).

Friday evening InstallFest

There's a lot to learn on Saturday, so it would be really helpful if everyone is set-up and ready to go. We'll meet up on Friday evening to install all of the software you need (or work through any problems you've had installing), and then spend Saturday learning and writing code.

If you can run through the InstallFest steps prior to attending that's also great. Even if you get stuck, please go through the rest of the instructions and download all the things you'll need. Bandwidth will be at a premium during the day, so it will help immensely to have everything on your laptop already. 


 We're very grateful to our sponsors for helping to make this event happen:

• Haybrook IT, for providing lunchtime burritos, snacks and refreshments.

• New Bamboo, for making awesome swag for attendees and bringing a cohort of Bambinos to help out.

• White October, for being an amazing venue.

• JetBrains, for sending a free WebStorm/RubyMine license for one lucky attendee as well as other goodies for attendees.

• Cucumber Pro, for donating a signed copy of the Cucumber Book, and other swag to hand out on the day.

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  • Ruth J.

    Also agree :) Thanks so much for organising... finally feel like I'm starting to make the right rails decisions! I've been deliberating them for too long...

    1 · August 10, 2015

  • acanhoto

    Echoing Emma's and Valerie's comments: thank you so much for organising this day, and giving up your Saturday. The day had a really welcoming feel, and I am very much looking forward to the next one.

    1 · August 10, 2015

  • Emma T.

    Thanks everyone for giving up your time to make this happen. I really enjoyed it and hope to find time to do some more beginner's stuff (if I can persuade Steve to look after the kids!). Great day!

    2 · August 10, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you everyone for a great day

    2 · August 8, 2015

  • anna m.

    got lost on the way- I'm new in London. such a pity! when is the next event?

    August 8, 2015

    • Pete W.

      We've got another event on the 22nd of August. It's not a specific beginner event, but you'd be welcome to come and learn anything you want!

      1 · August 8, 2015

  • Marie

    So sorry!! Last minute troubles - won't be able to make it anymore!! :'(

    August 8, 2015

  • Ryan B.

    Hey everyone, just a quick reminder about the InstallFest tomorrow evening at White October. Come along for 7:30 and we'll get you all set up so we can make the most of Saturday. It's been great to hear a couple of success stories getting set up already, but if you give it a go before tomorrow and get stuck, grab us in the chat room: See you tomorrow!

    August 6, 2015

  • Alessandra

    Hi, sorry, can't make it anymore! Ale

    August 6, 2015

  • Sonja

    I am wondering how beginner-friendly this day is? I don't know anything about web technologies but I made a very simple HTML webpage 6 years ago but I don't know much about making websites and I would like to learn more!

    August 6, 2015

    • Garrett C.

      Hi Sonja, There are going to be two tracks, a Frontend track and an Introduction to Rails track. The Frontend track will be more suitable to a beginner, and if you've had some prior experience you'll be up and running in no time. Both tracks are detailed here http://curriculum.rai...­ and here http://curriculum.rai...­ so you can get an idea of the level they are pitched at.

      August 6, 2015

    • Ryan B.

      Hi Sonja, you're in the right place! Both tracks are beginner-friendly, and there are plenty of mentors on the day to help you work through the materials. You may want to check out some of the links on http://www.railsbridg...­ if you have some time before the event to get familiar with some of the tools we'll be using, but don't worry either way!

      August 6, 2015

  • Ruth B.

    I am sorry but I also cannot make it on Saturday, my apologies for late notice but I just returned from Australia yesterday and need to catch up on work things....

    August 5, 2015

  • Liz M.

    Wish I could have come but have a last minute visitor coming from the States - have changed my reservation. Enjoy!

    August 5, 2015

  • Jo G.

    Sorry, I read the dates for our holiday wrong so won't be able to make it either. Count me in for the next one!

    August 5, 2015

  • Becky W.

    Hello, I am hoping to do the frontend track, do i really need to install all the 'tools' or just a text editor? thanks

    August 4, 2015

    • Ryan B.

      Hi Becky, for the frontend track you'll just need a browser, a text editor and Git installed. You'll also need a GitHub account if you don't have one (but they're free).

      August 4, 2015

  • anna m.

    what time does it finish? thanks!

    August 2, 2015

    • Pete W.

      On Saturday we'll finish about 5pm, then there's an optional pub trip until late.

      August 3, 2015

  • Vicky C.

    Really sorry but I can no longer make it this Saturday. Have changed my RSVP to free up a place. Hope everyone has a great time!

    August 3, 2015

  • Ryan B.

    Also, if you're feeling really keen, check out the RailsBridge curriculum we'll be going through: to get an idea of what the day will be like.

    If you're not able to make it, it would be great if you could update your RSVP so we can plan catering, etc. for the day.

    I look forward to seeing you all Friday/Saturday!

    August 1, 2015

  • Ryan B.

    Hi everyone, we're only a week away from the RailsBridge, and I'm pretty excited. To get ready for the event and make sure we can get the most out of the day, it would be *amazing* if everyone could have a go at running through the InstallFest steps to get your laptop set up. It's here: If you have any questions or problems, don't worry! You can ask a question on here, or we have a public chat room set up at There's no such thing as a silly question, so feel free to message me on here or email me at [masked] if you get stuck or want to know anything.

    We'll meet on Friday at 7:30 at White October to run through the InstallFest and fix any problems. It's completely optional, but we've got loads of stuff to get through on Saturday and installing can eat loads of time if we're all trying to download large files. It's also a good chance to get to meet everyone.

    August 1, 2015

  • Ann D.

    Hi. What time is this event expected to finish? Sorry if I've missed something obvious!

    July 23, 2015

    • Ryan B.

      Hi Ann, you've not missed anything! On Friday we'll meet from 7:30pm until we're done (or bored). If you get everything setup beforehand it's just a good chance to meet everyone and chat about what you're hoping to get out of the day. On Saturday we'll aim to finish up around 5pm, though we can be a bit flexible on that. We're just around the corner from Joe Perks, so we can celebrate with cocktails/mocktails too.

      July 23, 2015

  • Seren D

    :'( just realised I can't make it as I am going to a wedding that day. So gutted :(

    July 22, 2015

    • Ryan B.

      On the up-side, we really can't compete with weddings for cake and champagne. :)

      July 23, 2015

  • Monica Messaggi K.

    Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to this RailsBridge. :( My holiday clashed with the date... please send news my way...

    July 16, 2015

    • Ryan B.

      That's a shame Monica. At least it's a holiday and not work :).

      1 · July 18, 2015

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