1. Why Bay Area Girls Want to Learn to Code

    It’s Saturday afternoon and the Rails Girls San Francisco workshop is winding down. People are tweaking their apps, talking to each other and exchanging contact information. This feels like the start of something good. 

    Our organizer team would like to thank all the participants! The event was a great success and with applicants like this, we’re not surprised: 

    Computer programming has always seemed like magic to me. How can you create websites, applications, games, and programs just through typing/coding in a “programming language?” I would love to learn more about how this works and what things I could create in Ruby on Rails.

    I’m super enthusiastic about learning to code (I have ended up putting it off for way too long). I would love to see more women in the tech world. The best way to make that happen is to lead by example and get stuck into the more technical side of my business.

    I think the amount of opportunities that tech applications could make for social causes and international development are limitless. I would love the opportunity to join a community of women who share similar passions and interests.

    I want to implement my own creative visions without having to rely on others to build for me. (At the very least, I want to know what the right questions are to ask.)

    I am an aspiring tech entrepreneur with a love for coding. As a woman involved in computer science and tech innovation, I see a dearth of women in the academic field and in the start-up and business scene. I believe we need more women engineers, especially in Silicon Valley, that can join tech companies and start-ups, have a good grasp on the product and slowly rise in a managerial position to have an impact on the product and its role in the market. I think this trajectory would help eliminate the gender inequality seen in venture capitalism, as well.

    I am a passionate, fledging programmer whose life has been changed by learning Ruby on Rails. I have only been learning RoR since April, but I have already made great strides in my abilities to create and deploy web applications. I actually left my well-paying administrative job because I want so badly to learn to program, with my ultimate goal being a complete career switch into software development.

    With Rails Girls, not only I can continue to learn, but I may inspire other women like myself to be confident in their ability to create their own technology. I come from a very unlikely background for a programmer, my degree is in liberal arts, I have always believed myself to be bad at math, and I have held purely administrative positions in my career. I truly believe that any woman with the desire, tenacity and patience to learn can come from zero to programmer much like I have.

    I am in the midst of a career transition to help nonprofit organizations harness technology to help reach their mission. I can do this by managing technology projects - but I will be able to be much more effective by actually being able to build the technology they need. 

    I’m super excited about other women getting more involved in learning to program - I’ll also use this experience to show my other friends that they can do it too.

    When I code, I go in a flow state and time seems to fly.

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