Rails Girls Helsinki ran its 5th edition of the workshop on March 8-9 at Startup Sauna. Our group of 55 participants and some 15 coaches and organizers kicked off the weekend in a festive mood with some International Women’s Day sparkling.
On Saturday morning we gathered over a nice breakfast spread, courtesy of the cool folks at Futurice. Shortly the day got started with lightning talks by Joni Kanerva from Devlab and Emilia Mattila from Eficode, Satoko Hinomizu from Futurice.
After that is was coding as usual. We were lucky to have a mix of new and old coaches - some have been coaching in Helsinki since the very first Rails Girls!
"Who here is a Rails Girl?! Show of hands everybody!"
In the afternoon, Lauri Hynynen presented some handy tools for building websites.
- With Backlift, you can get your newly created website live right away and start sharing it with friends. The files are put on your Dropbox and the site is automatically updated as you make changes, so you don’t have to worry about git, Heroku or other advanced tools.
- Another nifty trick is using Google Chrome’s “Inspect Element”, to better understand structure of HTML. To try it out, just right click on any website and choose “Inspect element”.
Ladies, a challenge for your followup exercise: use these tools to learn HTML and build your own portfolio site!
Once again, it was a splendid day. Thanks to our sponsors Eficode, Futurice, Devlab, Teknologiateollisuus and the Ministry of Transport and Communications as well as all coaches, speakers and participants who showed up!
Note also that we have a follow-up event on March 26th - come one, come all, it’ll be a great chance to share our post-workshop thoughts and feelings!
Photos: Yu Shen