RailsBridge Austin: Intro to Web Development


Fri 5/10/2019
Start time: 5:00 pm CDT
End time: 7:00 pm CDT


Sat 5/11/2019
Start time: 9:00 am CDT
End time: 3:00 pm CDT


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 free workshop is intended to reach out to women and nonbinary people who are interested in learning more about web development, or who are just curious about the world of code.

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.

If you have never coded at all, you are especially welcome to join us!


A big thank you to all our wonderful sponsors!

AffiniPay is sponsoring dinner & breakfast, and is providing swag for attendees.

Bear & Giraffe is sponsoring lunch.

thoughtbot is providing our event space and sponsoring free childcare.

Transportation and Parking

The event will be held at the thoughtbot Austin office, located at 1601 W 6th St, Austin TX 78702. There is parking in the rear of the thoughtbot office, as well as street parking in the neighborhood.

Food and Drinks

  • Pizza dinner will be provided Friday night at the Installfest.
  • Saturday morning there will be a light breakfast with coffee.
  • We will also provide Saturday lunch!

Please note: We can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options, but if you require special accommodations, please make sure to tell us your dietary needs so we can order the correct amount.

Workshop Schedule

5:00 - 7:30 pm Installfest

It is important that you attend the Installfest if you do not already have your development environment set up to work with Rails and Ruby. (If you aren't sure what that means, definitely come to the Installfest, and we'll get you all set up for the workshop on Saturday!)


9:00 - 9:30 am Breakfast and Intro
9:30 - 12:00 pm Morning session
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 pm Afternoon session


Parents: if you cannot find a babysitter for that weekend, we can provide free onsite childcare, thanks to our sponsor thoughtbot.

Organized By:

6 volunteers!

16 students!

1 waitlisted student!