|Sept - Dec 2016|
|Global Digital Innovation|
Taking part in building the Internet may seem like a dark mystery to most people. But Rails Girls is changing all that. If all you have is curiosity and a willingness to learn, you can join a unique group of women, and some young men, who will walk into the new world of technology.
In a first for South Africa, Rails Girls Johannesburg is scheduled to begin early in December. Born in Finland, Rail Girls is a global, non-profit volunteer community that aims to launch women into the world of digital technology.
Digitalnfo.com, in association with Rails Girls, is organising a unique experience that will contribute to making technology accessible and friendly. Making technology approachable is the objective of this unique project that has spread to 232 cities, including Mozambique, Uganda and Kenya,.
Our aim is to give tools for women to understand technology. The Rails Girls events do this by providing a great first experience on building the Internet.
“Rails Girls was founded in end of 2010 in Helsinki. Originally intended as a onetime event, we never thought we’d see so many local chapters all around the world.”
Participants learn sketching, prototyping, basic programming and get introduced to the world of technology.
As Rails Girls is entirely a non-profit, participants don’t pay and coaches, organisers and speakers don’t charge. Thanks to willing sponsors who want to promote the benefits of “open technology”, the traction of the two-day events around the world are surprising even the founders.
Participants don’t need any previous knowledge about programming and there are no age-limitations. A hands-on approach to learning the basics of Ruby on Rails, participants need no previous experience about programming. Although there are no age limits, Rails Girls Johannesburg wants to aim the first event at young people between 15 and 18 years of age.
The workshop will be informal. No panel discussions or lectures, just one coach for three or four participants. At the end of the workshop, participants will feel inspired about programming and web design.
The event will take place at:
Thoughtworks office Address
South Point Central
17 Melle Street
Arbour Square Building,
c/o Juta & Melle Streets,
For parking, you will provided with a ticket that can be stamped at the ThoughtWorks office.
Light refreshments and snacks will be available. The workshop starts on Saturday 6 December 2014 and continues on Sunday 7 December 2014.
You need to submit your application by or before 21 November 2014 and, if you are selected, we will confirm your participation by email by 26 November 2014.
- Curiosity about the Internet
- A laptop
- Transport to and from the venue
- Completion of application form
All you need is a laptop and some curiosity. Show sparks!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
I agree that by applying for participation in the Rails Girls workshop I have read and understood the terms and conditions as set out hereunder:
- I understand that the workshop is an introduction to Ruby on Rails coding.
- I will co-operate with all reasonable instructions at the workshop and I accept that the organisers will not be liable to myself or my dependants for any claims arising from injuries, whether fatal or otherwise, sustained during the activities, howsoever such injuries are caused.
- The organisers will not be held liable for any loss of or damage to any property sustained by me, howsoever such damage is caused.
- I undertake to comply with the reasonable instructions of the organisers and/ or their delegates and I agree that I will be bound by the terms and conditions as set out on the site and the Code of Conduct.
- I indemnify and hold harmless the organisers and all other persons in the workshop against all actions or claims by me arising from any activity in which I am involved at the workshop.
- By submitting this form I declare that I have obtained the permission of my parent or guardian to attend this workshop. In the event that such permission is not obtained, I indemnify the organisers against any action that is taken.
- I agree to arrange my own transport to and from the venue.