SF Ruby on Rails Workshop for Women


Fri 5/20/2016
Start time: 6:30 pm PDT
End time: 8:30 pm PDT


Sat 5/21/2016
Start time: 9:30 am PDT
End time: 4:30 pm PDT


This is a Ruby on Rails event. The focus will be on developing web apps and programming in Ruby. You can find all the curriculum materials at docs.railsbridge.org.

Click here for more information about class levels in this course!

Workshop Description

This workshop is intended to reach out to women who are interested in learning Ruby on Rails. Men are welcome to attend as guests of female attendees. RailsBridge is emphatically queer and trans friendly.

In this workshop, we'll take you through the process of building a complete web application using Ruby on Rails. By the end of the day, you'll have an application that connects to a database, reads and writes data, and renders html in a browser. If you've never attended a RailsBridge event or used Rails before, please come to the Friday night Installfest. We'll meet up Friday to install all of the software you need, and then spend Saturday learning and writing code. Programmers of all skill levels are welcome and students will be delineated into different classes based on the experience level you choose when you sign up.


Bleacher Report, the voice of today’s sports fan, is generously providing us with space to use and sustenance to keep our caffeine and blood-sugar levels in the safe zone.

Transportation and Parking

The closest BART stop is Montgomery. It is about 4 minute walk northwest from the Montgomery station. Walk away from Market (north) on Montgomery St. and take a quick left onto Post. Then take a right onto Kearny and B/R will be on the left side of the street just past the Walgreens. When you arrive, look for someone who looks like they're looking for you, and say "RailsBridge?". If the response is "Welcome!", you've found the right person. If the response is confusion, look around for someone else :) We'll meet first on the Mezzanine level (up the first flight of stairs) for food, mingling, and setting up groups. There is elevator access for those with limited mobility, children, or lift-enthusiasts :)

Street parking is available, but city parking is fairly scarce; public transportation is recommended. The elevator is fairly large, so you can bring your bike up to the Mezzanine and/or 2nd floor (where the classes will be) for security.

Food and Drinks

Food options are still being finalized, but to help you plan, you can expect something close to the following:

  • Some form of sustenance will be provided Friday night at Installfest, likely an assortment of finger foods.
  • Saturday morning there will be a light breakfast comprised of fruit, yogurt, pastries, juice, and/or coffee.
  • Saturday afternoon lunch will be provided, with dietary restrictions accounted for.

Workshop Schedule

6:30 - 8:30 pm Installfest

9:30 - 10:00 am Breakfast and Intro

10:00 - 12:30 pm Morning session (with periodic breaks)

12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch, and a word from our sponsor

1:30 - 4:00 pm Afternoon session (with more breaks)

4:00 - 4:30 pm Student and Volunteer Retrospectives (so we can get feedback on how it went)

4:30ish After party (see below)


Once we've finished the retrospectives (around 4:30ish), we'll start the afterparty on the Mezzanine level in B/R. Beer, wine, and water will be provided, along with arcade games and shuffle board. This is a great time for volunteers and students to get more acquainted in a less formal environment. All are welcome!