Rails Girls Helsinki last week was the third time we organised an event in Helsinki. Some of our organizers were the very same people who participated in the first event 1,5 years ago. After that we’ve given over 120 finnish girls the first experience into software craftsmanship and hope to see the movement expand in unforeseen directions.
Thank you goes once more to our coaches - mighty 16 of them! - for volunteering as well as for Aalto University for sponsoring the show. People often ask what happens in Rails Girls events, who are the participants and such, so I decided to put together a short picture show.
Now that we are this many in Finland - let us know in the comments how to keep on moving forward with the Helsinki community. You can always join the global team mailing list, but other than that, we are open to suggestions? Should we do a picnic coding event in June? What about organizing something around a specific theme?
Over 60 participants learned the basics of web building during two days.
And it’s fun! Not a staged picture - promise!
One of our new add-ons were the Ruby tattoos with which you could declare your love for unicorns, rubys, octocats and the command line poetry. Where we got them? It’s a secret we’ll never tell, XOXO.
Also in program the old favorite from Frozen Rails: the Rails Girls Badges, hand crafted in Helsinki.
Our youngest participants this time hailed from high-school! Very cool ladies.
We had Oleg Podsechin from Helsinki.js telling about the world of programmers in a lightning talk.
And the almost mandatory installation sparkling wines & macaroons.
L’ambiance during the evening.
Coaches keep on coaching - here some of them starting with Timo.
Tair & Vesa
And Arttu (running into something unexpected)
Big reason to attending for many is to meet other likeminded women both in Finland…
..and abroad. Here we did a quick “HIIII!” with the Berlin Rails Girls group who hosted their own event at the same time.
Lunch was served outside as well
One thing that is always certain, is that Rails Girls requires absolute concentration. It was amazing to see yet again people continuing until late in the evening working. When we tried suggesting to have something to eat, go watch the ice-hockey game or enjoy the weather, the avid participants just wanted to keep on coding.
Since probably the best moments are when something magical, almost serendipitous happens, things click and you get something you built with your very own hands to work.
Over and out,