It all started in November 2010, at Helsinki when Linda Liukas and Karri Saarinen, the founders of Kisko Labs decided to empower women by making technology more accessible. Rails Girls was born as a weekend event to open up technology for women and has since flourished in different cities across the world, breaking the online male bastion.
The gem of an idea originated from the simple yet powerful thought of enabling women to build their own web applications – from concept to code. Rails Girls provides women the tools, support, and vocabulary to enter the Internet playground which was essentially built by the boys, for the boys! It helps women bring their ideas to life as they see them.
And boy! has the movement caught on – from Helsinki to Salvador, Brazil to Osaka, Japan, and our very own Pune, Rails Girls is a rocking event everywhere! The workshop is free and open to all enthusiastic girls and women. Today, there is frenzy among online communities every time an event is organized in their city. The response has been tremendous year after year with scores of women getting initiated into the world of web building.
Rails Girls is a not-for-profit operation that is conducted with active support and participation from local sponsors. The latest edition of Rails Girls Pune, for instance, is being organized with the collaboration of local Rails development firms like Idyllic, Big Binary, Josh and ThoughtWorks. The event is scheduled for the 15th of January 2017, at ThoughtWorks’ Pune office. The original venue Idyllic Pune office had to be changed due to the overwhelming response and the registrations had to be closed prematurely, phew! Such is the popularity of the event amongst girls who code or who aspire to code.
What to Expect
Rails Girls Pune is a one day fun-filled workshop with all you needed to know about Ruby on Rails but were afraid to ask! Ruby experts from Idyllic, Big Binary, Josh and ThoughtWorks will coach and mentor the girls in a day-long workshop that promises to live up to the girls’ enthusiasm. If past experience and previous workshops are anything to go by, it’s going to be an exciting Sunday.
The future holds a lot of promise because Rails Girls doesn’t end here at the workshop. With support from Travis Foundation, Rails Girls Summer of Code, popular known as Rails Girls SoC, was initiated. It is a global fellowship program that encourages women to work on Open Source projects and also earn handsomely for their contribution.
More Power to Girls
Rails Girls and Rails Girls SoC are concrete initiatives to get more women to code professionally. They are about helping newcomers and giving them a platform to excel in coding as the career of choice. It has created several success stories with many women finding jobs in the tech arena and some even launching their own start-ups. Now that’s the icing on the cake. One idea, one initiative, one dream, enriching many lives!
We at Idyllic are proud to be associated with the event because we are just as passionate about Ruby on Rails as anybody out there. In fact, we would go a step further and say we are one of the best in the business and some of our clients will vouch for it. Modest we aren’t, but honest we are! And we would like to see more women coding on Ruby. Here’s to more power to Rails and Girls who code!