Ruby on Rails Outreach Workshop for Women

Installfest + Workshop

Fri 12/14/2012
Start time: 6:00 pm PST
End time: 6:00 pm PST

Note: your spot isn't guaranteed unless you fill out the registration form that we email you, so it'll make life much better if you make sure that your email address actually gets to you.

**Please read to the bottom of this message even if you hate reading.**

Super big thanks to our sponsor and host: PIVOTAL LABS!!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

6pm-9pm: Software Installfest (REQUIRED)

Please plan on being there for 30-90 minutes to get all software installed. (Every install is a unique snowflake, and some snowflakes take longer to install software on than others.) See the bottom of this description if you're wondering if you have to attend the installfest.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

9:00am-4:30pm: Workshop

5pm: After-party for volunteers & attendees

Sign up process: women should be the official RSVP-er, with a +1 for their guest.

Transportation: Pivotal Labs' office is located in downtown San Francisco, on Howard Street between 4th and 5th, near Yerba Buena Gardens. If you are taking transit, use the Powell Street BART/MUNI stations. If you're driving, there are several parking garages in the area as well as metered street parking. Bike information will be posted here shortly.

Workshop Description: This workshop is intended to reach out to women who are interested in learning Ruby on Rails and is emphatically transgender-/queer-friendly. Men are welcome to attend as the guest of a woman who wants to learn Ruby on Rails -- ask your friends if you aren't sure who might be interested!

In this workshop, we'll take you through the steps to build a web application using Ruby on Rails. Total novices can start with an Intro to Programming, while experienced programmers can jump right into Ruby, Rails or try pairing. By the end of the workshop, you'll have an application on the internet that connects to a database and reads and writes information.

We'll meet up on Friday to install all of the software you need, and then spend Saturday learning and writing code. Total novices, system administrators, developers in other languages, and folks who attended our previous workshops are all welcome. We'll have different classes separated by experience level.

Each participant needs to bring their own laptop and power supply.

We'll have pizza Friday night during the Installfest, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Vegetarian options will be available.

It's necessary to do ALL of the following to complete registration:

1) Confirm that the email address you have listed in Meetup is actually one that you check on a regular basis. (We'll be sending updates, notifications, and to-dos prior to the event, and you'll lose your spot if you fail to respond in a timely manner.)

2) If you have a Mac, download and install Xcode on your laptop before coming to Installfest on Friday, December 14. (Xcode is the software that creates a coding environment for you to tinker with during the workshop.) Xcode is a very large file that takes 2-3 hours to download. Doing it at work on Friday is totally legit, waiting until Friday night at the installfest is not. The installfest instructions for getting Xcode are here:

3) Fill out the Registration Form that we email to you. It will provide us with details about your operating system, the type and level of programming experience you have, and whether you will need childcare. You must fill out the Registration Form before 5pm on Monday 12/10/12 so we can get the final list of attendees and allow waitlisters to take open spots. If you need childcare, please make sure to get the registration form to us as soon as possible so we can work with you to arrange a safe environment for your kids!


Saturday's schedule approximated:

9-9:30am: Check in, coffee, bagels

9:30ish: Opening presentation / divide into classes

10am: Break into small groups

12:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm: Back to small groups

4:30pm: Closing presentation

5pm: After party at nearby bar


(from the FAQ at

Q: Do I have to attend the Installfest?

A: Yes! The Installfest is a crucial part of the weekend, even if youve already gone through the instructions independently. There are a ton of moving parts when setting up a development environment, and the reason that were able to get through the curriculum on Saturday is that every single student has had their dev environment checked and has been awarded a sticker for their successes. There are also enough changing parts that even if youve been to a workshop in the past, you should attend the Installfest to get re-verified, because this stuff changes almost constantly.