RailsBridge Boston Spring 2019


Fri 4/5/2019
Start time: 6:30 pm EDT
End time: 9:00 pm EDT


Sat 4/6/2019
Start time: 9:30 am EDT
End time: 5:00 pm EDT


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

Our single-track curriculum is designed for people who are complete beginners to programming!

Note: When you sign up for the workshop, it will ask you about a Class Level. You can pick anything as we are a single-track curriculum.

A free event for people who are underrepresented in tech (women, LGBTQ, military veterans, people of color, etc.) to learn how to create web applications using the Ruby on Rails framework

Over the course of the workshop, we will cover:

  • What happens when a browser requests a dynamic web page?
  • What is a web framework? Why would you want one?
  • Dividing up code responsibilities with the Model, View, Controller alichitecture

  • Saving data in a database with Rails' object-relational mapper

HTML and CSS will NOT be covered.


April 5th -Installfest (6:30pm - 9pm)

  1. Sign in & Dinner
  2. Quick Intro
  3. Students install Ruby & a few other tools
  4. Intro to the Command Line

April 6th - Workshop (9:30am - 5pm)

  1. Breakfast & Sign in
  2. Welcome & Announcements
  3. Intro to the Ruby programming language
  4. Ruby on Rails basics
  5. Lunch
  6. More Rails concepts
  7. Q&A
  8. Wrap up
  9. Post-workshop celebration! (after 5pm)

Who should attend?

Total programming novices, web designers, system administrators, and developers of other languages are welcome to attend.
There is no age restriction, but if you're under 18 and would like to attend, please bring an adult.
Parents: If you cannot find a babysitter for that weekend, we can provide free onsite childcare. A huge thanks to thoughtbot for this opportunity!

What if I already know some Rails?

Experienced programmers should note that the class is geared to beginners. If you've completed the Hartl tutorial, you've gone well past what we'll cover.
Consider coming to Boston Ruby's monthly Project Night instead. There are many friendly Rubyists available to help you over configuration bumps and answer questions.


Transportation and Parking

The event will be held at:

Akamai Technologies
150 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142

It's a couple blocks away from the MIT/Kendall T stop. There are three nearby garages, but unfortunately Akamai does not provide validation.

Food and Drinks

We will provide dinner (pizza) on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options will be available, but please tell us if you'd like that so we can make sure to get the correct amount. All food, water, juice, etc is part of the free workshop!


If you cannot find a babysitter for that weekend, we can provide free onsite childcare. A huge thanks to thoughtbot for this opportunity!


After we're all done, we'll head over to the Cambridge Brewing Company for a celebration!