1. Join us for Rails Girls Summer of Code 2014!

    After an incredible first Summer of Code, we’re back for another year and need your help!

    We just started our crowd funding campaign one week ago and secured 8 scholarships in 7 days! Our goal is to fund 20 scholarships for our future students again. And you can help us make that happen! YAY!

    Just like last year, every contribution is a step towards making Summer of Code happen. So hop over to our campaign page and donate now!

    With Rails Girls Summer of Code we offer full-time scholarships for 3 months to Rails Girls students who then work on Open Source projects, regardless of where you live. This makes it possible for students to dive into coding and Open Source. The initiative is about about learning by doing - expanding the knowledge and coding skills by contributing to a great Open Source project.

    Women coding at a Rails Girls Workshop in Leiden, NL


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    Have a knack for organizing, coaching, mentoring, designing, writing text or sharing gifs? Or want to participate as a student? We are happy about all kinds of amazing people to join us on this adventure! Read more about how to get involved.

  2. About Rails Girls Brussels

    After a slightly long break, we organized the second edition of Rails Girls Brussels on 7-8th February 2014. Shortly, everybody liked it so much that we have no choice but do it again :) It will actually be our pleasure, as a team, to go on with helping girls to code. 

    For more details, please check our visual ‘report’ :)

    A (belated) Friday hug given on Saturday. Oh well.. we’re learning :”>

    On Friday we had the installation party, everybody had to be ready for the next day.

    The same evening, coaches reunited for a great dinner! [We disappointed the waiter: he was expecting 15 girls, as we made the reservation using the name “Rails Girls” :D]

    After setting the pace, we started with 2 presentations on web applications and front-end tools.

    And then we started to code! Every coach was responsible for 2-3 girls. Yay!

    We had 5 lightning talks from our coaches, all aiming to give insights about their learning curve.

    ARTE TV Berlin was all day with us! :)

    To give you some insights in terms of numbers: 74 applications, 32 participants, 15 coaches, 8 companies sponsoring us and 6 full-time organizers.

    We also made an experiment and both participants and coaches will receive their own letter in a month ;) You bet they don’t expect this!

    We want to thank all those that helped for making this event true. It’s been a pleasure to see so much support from the community. I was happy to see that both girls and coaches were happy with the result and that they want to go on with it. We already planned the next study group meeting!

    Last but not least, let me cheer for all our great sponsors: Betacowork Coworking space for hosting us, mongoDB, Pull Review, Spin42, GitHub, UP-nxt, Mobile Vikings and GitLab for all their support in making this true.

    It’s been a pleasure to work with all of you, hope to have you around for the next round too. You’ll hear from us soon ;)

  3. Anonymous asked: I sent an application to the workshop in Warsaw. When I should receive information that I'm qualified?

    Hey, 

    Please send an e-mail railsgirlswarsaw@gmail.com - they’ll be able to help the best :)

  4. Rails Girls <3 Travis Foundation

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    Rails Girls Summer of Code kickstarted this year with huge success - you can meet the teams and read on of their daily dent making to the world of open source.

    In a little over a month a team of dedicated individuals pulled together over 80 000 dollars in funding, created the structure and support network for the program and got over 80 applications from 140 students all over the world. Who can pull off a project like this?

    The whole community owns a huge thank you to the Rails Girls Summer of Code Team, and especially Sven Fuchs, Anika Lindtner and Travis CI. Without them none of this would be possible.

    Meet Travis Foundation

    Rails Girls as a community is highly de-centralized. All chapters run their own show. We don’t have a central organization that would grant permission (or funds) - we have Github and a mailing list!

    Most of the times this is great. But when trying to do something that rallies together the whole global community, this can become a problem. Happily the global Rails Girls operations have found a home within Travis Foundation for Rails Girls Summer of Code.

    Travis Foundation is a work-in-progress non-profit initiative aiming to give back and pay forward to the Open Source community. They are now focussing on Open Source Grants and provide funding for hand-picked projects. I first met Sven, Konstantin & Josh when they were running the crowdsourcing campaign for Travis CI (a service for running your tests in the cloud).

    Not only are they wonderfully kind, efficient and understand the Open Source community - their humor is also impeccable (check out the ringtones campaign and the more recent Unerdwear).

    With Travis Foundation these gentleman (and Anika, who has been hired for this!) use their expertise to support projects that provide opportunities to newcomers, foster diversity and make the community an even greater place in general. Rails Girls Summer of Code wouldn’t be possible without the peace, love and happiness from the good folks from Travis CI.

  5. Diary of a doubly new Rails Girl

    I knew from the warm welcome I received the moment I met the Rails Girls Helsinki group at their informal get-together in September that these were my kind of people. But I couldn’t have imagined how magical participating in an official Rails Girls event would be. Thankfully, it didn’t take long to find out as, on 9 November, I had the joy and honor of becoming “a doubly new Rails Girl” by being both a participant and an organizer for the first time.

    Within just minutes, the bubbly and talented Rails Girls co-founder Linda Liukas’s poignant introduction to the workshop had me enthralled. I can hardly believe how much I learned and how much fun I had during the weekend so I’m delighted to share my double Rails Girls experience with you here.

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    Rails Girls co-founder Linda Liukas

    I think the concept of Rails Girls - “to give tools and a community for women to understand technology and to build their ideas… by providing a great experience on building things and by making technology more approachable” - is exactly what is needed by so many women nowadays, and I was impressed to see it put so simply and beautifully into action. Here’s just some of what I found particularly remarkable about the Helsinki event:

    The amazing participants
    I recently started studying web development full-time so I’ve naturally been spending hours on end installing programs, writing code and trying to understand new IT terms and concepts. I knew beforehand, however, that this isn’t everyday stuff for most Rails Girls participants, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and with varying levels of computer skills. But each and every one of the participants jumped right into programming without blinking an eye - and they rocked it! At the end of the day, everyone had actually created their very own Rails app, and plenty of us even got them “deployed” (published on the Internet for the whole world to enjoy).

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    The installation party

    My fabulous team
    My Rails Girls team consisted of myself and three other women - one studying marketing, one working as a construction engineer and one soon to graduate as a business analyst. They said they were new to programming, but they were soon solving coding problems with flying colors. There was plenty of laughter despite a few “challenges” with our laptops (and lots of high fives when we conquered them together!), and our whole team quickly grasped the information and concepts presented throughout the day.

    Our excellent coach
    Our coach, Oana, is a lovely .NET programmer who patiently taught us about Rails and advised us about programming in general. It was interesting to hear about her work in a more corporate environment and great to see how calmly and confidently she guided us newbies through our first adventures in the wonderful world of Rails.

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    Coach Oana helping participants

    All the awesome coaches:
    Not only did each coach lead their team as supportively as ours did, but, during the lightning talks, they also explained lots of previously mysterious jargon with some hilarious examples, shared stories about their diverse career paths (and a video game with a leaping Wombat!) and gave advice about how we could find our way in IT. They are clearly masters in their field and inspiring role models for us aspiring techies…

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    Coaches / Organizers Timo and Satu giving some advice

    The dedicated organizers
    Even though some of the organizers aren’t even programmers themselves, they clearly value the importance of Rails Girls too as all the organizers generously devote their time and energy to make each Rails Girls event a success. Their enthusiasm is so infectious that I signed up to help them before I had even applied for this workshop, and they immediately made me feel a real part of their fantastic team.

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    Organizer Lotta giving the traditional sparkling wine welcome

    If you have even the slightest interest in technology (which everyone should nowadays, right?!), I absolutely recommend that you attend a Rails Girls workshop in your area and get involved in the community as well. You will be amazed at how much fun you can have with programming and how fascinating and empowering technology can be!



    Text by Kelli Orrela


    Photos by Yu Shen



  6. Ready to Rumble?

    One of the most commonly asked questions after a Rails Girls event is what happens next? The coaches and organizers usually explain about the local Ruby community, all the amazing meetups, competitions and events that take place. But there’s a way to be a part of the global community too! 

    Rails Rumble, taking place October 19-20th, is an event that anyone across the world can participate in. 

    48 hours to make a difference

    Rails Rumble is the original 48 hour distributed programming competition, where teams of up to 4 people compete for 2 days to design, develop, deploy, and duke it out with other teams all around the world. Just last year over 500 teams took part.

    If you’re just getting started in programming you might think that the last thing you want to do is compete. But the thing with Ruby people is that even competitions are fun, friendly and full of education! 

    The organizers want to see a diverse group of people taking part and that’s why we’re teaming up to help Rails Girls alumni find a team or form their own one. We can’t guarantee you a spot, but we can help you find your local community, pair you with other people looking for a team and have Rails Rumble alumni explain what the competition feels like. Leave your e-mail here - your address won’t be used for anything else.

    If you’re a Rails Girls alumni (participant or coach) and planning on participating in Rails Rumble, let us know in the comments. We’d love to profile your journey!

    Registration is open Oct 7 - 13th, so you have plenty of time to find your team. 

    More on Rails Rumble

    » How to win Rails Rumble (and other good tips)
    » Rails Rumble Rules
    » 2012 Rails Rumble winners

  7. Namaskara Bengaluru - We Are So Many!

    Bangalore’s inaugural Rails Girls workshop gathered over 120 South Indian software enthus.

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    One of India’s predominant IT cities, we were confident that a Rails Girls Bangalore workshop would spark some interest amongst the aspiring female techies - but whoa how much! As applications kept dropping in to the event held at Thoughtworks’ office on August 3rd, we couldn’t bring ourselves to turn anyone down and ended up with inviting some 125 girls to spend a Saturday with Rails.

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    Also known as the largest Rails Girls ever organized, the gamble paid off and it was a fantastic day! The very first Rails Girls in South India drew participants from Bangalore, but also from all over South India, including Coimbatore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kerala. 
    As organizers, we were truly impressed by the motivation and enthusiasm showed by the attendees throughout the looong day as well as the complexity of apps built during the workshop. The different applications ranged from an online cupcake business to URL shortener, blogging platform and a movie ticket booking site, to name a few. 

    Also learned during the day

    - The inevitable, a Github IP block happened at some point during the afternoon - maybe along with installation and downloading Sublime, singing up for a github account should be included to the prep list?

    - Cupcakes disappearing is a universal phenomenon at Rails Girls workshops

    - Thoughtworks proves one again its agility in not only practices like end-of-the-day retros but also process-oriented productivity and efficiency increases during lunch


    - Despite much coach-induced skepticism, Rails does seem to work on Windows

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    In addition to coding, we listened to lighting talks from some of the coaches, ranging from the practical to the philosophical - Karan talked about Ruby Warrior, Srihari about Chrome Developer Console Debugging, and Abishek about APIs while Venkat shared his learnings from the classic, The Pragmatic Programmer.

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    Many thanks to all the participants, coaches, organizers and partners - ThoughtWorks, Nilenso, Mahaswami and Plivo!

    More Rails Girls Bangalore!

    Opening FOSS doors to women - The Hindu, July 28th, ‘13

    Opening new avenues for aspiring women techies  - The New Indian Express August 4th, ‘13

    - Coaching Rails Girls Bangalore - Coach Dheeraj Kumar, Codepodu, August 5th, ‘13

    - Only word ‘Incredible’ for the Rails Girls event, Bangalore - Participant Sakshi Jain / RGSoC’13, Diasbits August 4th, ‘13

    - Rails Girls Bangalore implies Awesome - Participant Rosni KV / Deadentux, August 4th, ‘13

    - More photos from Rails Girls Bangalore

    - Check out #RailsGirlsBLR for more reactions from the day

    Photos by kgrz

    Thank you all! <3

  8. Anonymous asked: Hi There, I haven't seen an event in Toronto, Canada. I would love to learn Rails, and this event with a bunch of women together, supporting and having fun with each other while learning, seems to be the perfect way to start. What would you guys need to organize an event in Toronto? Volunteers? I can be one! And can also find other girls to help too if that's the case. As said, I know nothing about rails but would be really happy to organize a Rails Girls here! I'm Leia (btw :))

    Hey Leia! Fill in railsgirls.com/inyourcity and we can loop you in with the local Rails/Ruby scene. The events are really driven by the grassroots enthusiasm - all it needs is people exactly like you :)

  9. Anonymous asked: Why do you discriminate boys?

    All Rails Girls events welcome guys, we often have guys as instructors and if there’s space guys who bring girls with them are very welcome. But priority is given to women. 

  10. Anonymous asked: I have a group of 4 to 7 pre-teen girls and their fathers that have expressed interest in attending this event to give the girls an idea of what web programming is all about. Their ages range from 10 to 13. Their programming experience range from never even seen a line of code to some Lego NXT robot programming. Would you recommend this event for these kinds of girls? We are concerned that the material may be too advanced fro them.

    Rails Girls might be a little too old for them - if theres a CoderDojo nearby or a Girls Who Code, that might be more suitable?