1. “I believe that in the future programming will be like reading and writing nowadays” - rationales for learning to code - the Paris style

    Only a couple of days to go for the very first Rails Girls workshop in Paris. We will be e-mailing all the participants today! Meanwhile, we want to give you the chance to take a look at some excerpts from the amazing applications. Like in the other cities, Paris ladies also prove that learning to code is something that interests people with different backgrounds. We are looking forward to amazing code-filled days in Paris!

    I studied mathematics and I have always enjoyed problem solving, hard thinking and all that is logical and precise. I also love languages, and I think that programming languages are a great combination of my two big passions : mathematics and languages.

    Above all, I think creating software and coding is cool and can be a means to freely express ideas in a beautiful way.

    I believe that in the future programming will be like reading and writing nowadays , so I don’t want to stay behind. Finally I also want to improve my geekiness…

    Because cut and paste is not enough. Actually, I work with programmers, I interview them ( for a geek media ) very often, and I want to be part of the doers, stop to be only an observer !

    Nowadays, programming is a powerful tool which enables people to create and to innovate by using the most accessible device, the computer. I feel I have inside me, ideas and resources that I want to put to work and I need a way to express them in the real world. And I think programming can be a solution. 

    As a long term plan idea, I would like to teach children programming and to empower them to create and to innovate.

    I’m very interested in learning to code, I’m tired of seeing only guys doing it, I feel that women should have a (big) place in the coding world. I hope it’ll be the case in the future and I’m determined to be an example for the hesitating others! :-)

    I’ve got plenty of ideas and I wish to be able to bring some of them alive but I can’t afford to pay devs to code them. So I’m more than excited by learning to do so :) Besides, I’m kind of a geek and I’ve always wanted to know how to program. 

    Always curious about learning new skills especially technical and linked to web. I like to share ideas, listen to new approach, network, give my support to involved person. I am a team player and I am convinced that women bring complementary approach to projects and they should spread the word.

    Post by Satu Suuronen

  2. Rails Girls Helsinki: “I even bought a book about Ruby, which is exactly how far I’ve got in actually learning it.”

    Just days to go for our next Rails Girls Helsinki event - we’ll be e-mailing all the participants today! And if you can’t make it this time, no worries, as the next RG Helsinki is going to be organized already in September together with Frozen Rails.

    Meanwhile, we wanted to give you the chance to check out excerpts from some of the amazing applications. Like in Berlin, Helsinki ladies also prove that learning to code is something that interests people whatever the background. We are proud to be able to bring these makers & shakers together for a few, code-filled days. 

    When I first heart about Rails Girls last year I got immediately interested in learning Ruby and Rails. I even bought a book about Ruby, which is exactly how far I’ve got in actually learning it. 

    I am finalizing my thesis on app store developers, and I am going to do my Phd on app store developers starting September. I have the business knowledge, have heard developers but am totally naive about practical development of an application! 

    I’m new to Ruby and we don’t have any courses around that at my school. I like to brainstorm, meet people and learn and build new things. 

    I have always been very excited about technology but at the moment I feel like my skills level doesn’t match my interest level. That’s why it would be awesome to build my skills in programming. I love to learn new things and I have lots of Sisu in finding stuff out myself (I just build two websites myself just by trying different options long enough and googling tipps) and I think Rails Girls would be a perfect push&help in starting to learn programming. 

    I have a feeling that learning more about code would be almost pivotal for me professionally. 

    I want to attend because I’m tired of being the digital marketing person who can order the work and make small tweaks on the sites.

    My background is in product design, consepting and being innovative. But so far I have been too shy about start making programming stuff from scratch by my self. 

    I’ve been as an intern in an digital marketing office, but being the only girl in the office, I felt like, as being a girl, I shouldn’t ask about coding or programming, and just go make tea and look pretty; if you know what I mean…

    I am a social scientist by training but after I started working full time I became fascinated by the possibilities technological advancements provide for the public sector. I do not know much about using technology in practice… yet. But I am eager to learn. 

    I love learning, and I always want to learn new skills. On top of that, I am sort of a huge nerd and I usually hang out with programmers so learning programming would definetely help my social life too. 

    Being creative and learning new skills is what keeps me on going. I want to learn designing, prototyping and coding, and I consider Ruby on Rails as a very significant platform as e.g. Twitter has been built on it. I believe that the workshop could give me both skills and new ideas on what is possible. Also, getting the chance to meet new people with similar interests is really fascinating. 

    I work in media and it bugs me not to understand anything about the technical side of a hugely important aspect of my line of work. Given the increasing importance of websites, social media and data journalism I would love to at least understand what the web wizards at my work place are talking about - and maybe even know how to do some of the things they’re doing. 

    I’m working as a financial journalist for an online publication. Still, I’m kind of an old school print journalist who basically knows how to find out all the needed info and how to write the story. But I’d love to understand something about the technical stuff too, in order to be more able to discuss with the data guys etc. 

    Despite my lack of skill, I am truly fascinated with the world of programming and how it creates a platform for the new ways our society is built on. I have always been curious as to how it works ‘behind the scenes’, and being a part of this workshop would give me a peek into the secrets that the everyday user doesn’t know of.

    In my opinion the ICT sector provides challenging, customer-driven environment with only little rigid hierarchical management bureaucracy often too familiar within product-driven financial business.

    At my current job I am involved with companies’ online strategies and the processes required for the online business so I would like to understand how the world underneath the user interface actually is created.When I first heart about Rails Girls last year I got immediately interested in learning Ruby and Rails. I even bought a book about Ruby, which is exactly how far I’ve got in actually learning it. 

    I’d love to take part in a happening where I can find other girls who have passion for coding. They are so hard to find!! There are definitely a place for girls-only coding events.

  3. 163 reasons to learn coding - and only one event!

    Oh boy, we just went through 163 beautiful applications from Berlin and is there a need to  make coding available for everyone or what? 

    Check out a couple of excerpts from the applications

    In the start-up scene, developers are kings. It’s a man’s world! Which I want to help changing for a better one.

    Because I am incredibly interested in programing and never had a chance to get to learn anything about it.

    I’m a designer working in the web field and feel strongly that designers are also developers - and developers are designers. I think everyone in the industry would benefit from designers learning and implementing more code - and while I have a good basic grasp of frontend code, I feel my work (both hands-on work and work with others) will be enriched by learning how things work “”behind the scenes”“.

    I would love to get into Rails as well to learn something new and to feel more comfortable with the parts of the companies’ product that I don’t directly work with, but should nevertheless understand and know about. 

    I want to add a bit of programming to my skill set and to be able to talk to my boyfriend who keeps telling me how glad he is to have a job that lets him work with Ruby all day long.

    I have a design education and always find myself having lots of ideas for stuff I would love to program or prototype but need a kick start in terms of learning rails. I also have a particular idea I would like to use rails for.

    Because I want to use the skills I learn to increase transparency around the extractives industries, improve governance, and increase the accessibility of publicly available information around the sector. 

    Because I no longer want to be the one who comes up with ideas but then has to ask someone else to build them. I want to be able to do it myself. 

    On a more broader level I read articles about how programmers are the new artists and creators of our world with a lot of interest. And getting to know some of that logic first-hand will hopefully help to evaluate such theories. 

    I want to explore new ways of storytelling/communication through digital technology and open source tools/data. Meaning how one could use different APIs and hardware technology to create a meaningful and sticky product/service but also new tools for the creatives. Now, it’s high time to learn coding myself and become more independent from programmers. 

    ”(..) is programming the website and I’m supposed to organise the communication about the project, but when I see him programming, I’m so jealous because he seems to have so much fun and I want to have fun too. And also, I hope that after the workshop, I could help him by programming the website, even if only for small things or by pair programming.

    because I love the concept - it is great to see that growing a week beard and eating yesterday’s cold pizza are not the basic requirements to be called a tech nerd anymore. not intending to offend guys, but I have a feeling that girls contribute in a way yet to be seen. 

    Its time for me to learn to bake the whole cake, not only decorate with sweet sugar glace ;o)

    I am interesting in learning Ruby on Rails to explore the possibilities of applying the knowledge acquired through your workshop to projects for the arts, education and social innovation.

    I am girl. I have had the pleasure of meeting some fierce female programmers and I want to help break the stereotype

    I thought that a new programming language could help with that (no, I won’t use it to procrastinate!). I chose Ruby because a lot of my (today still) coding friends are exited about it and I can see the different possibilities of using Ruby. I could make one or more little projects, maybe start a github-profile and understand my coder-friends better, when they talk about trees etc. Unfortunately they have no time to teach me or help me improve my coding skills.

    I love using well designed apps and it bothers me that I can not build ones I would find useful myself.

    Almost all coders I know are male and into coding since childhood days - I tried to get some of them to teach me some basics but that was really frustrating because a good coder is not necessarily a good teacher. :

    I want to create better products and understanding how they are and can be built should really help.

    If you want to help us make more Rails Girls events in Germany (like @la_lynne in Hamburg), send an e-mail out to contact(a)railsgirls.com.