Dear Minority Fringe,

September 30th, 2009

So, you’re annoyed that you’ve been asked to go to the effort of finding that rare woman who’ll spend a whole day in a tech class with you.  But since the event is FREE, why not consider this effort to be the price of admission?

The majority of the response to the Ruby on Rails Workshop for Women has been encouraging and supportive.  EvenDHH himself tweeted about it:

Rails workshop for women at Harvard University on October 16-17: — very cool!

Folks are really excited about it.  In fact, response is so great that I am seeking a larger venue for the THIRD time.

One of the reasons I love Ruby on Rails is because of its community. One of its treasured tennants is MINSWAN (Matz is nice, so we are nice).  This is what working in Open Source is all about.

I’m proud to say that many of the local ror rockstars will be at the workshop to TA.  And many of them are interested in pairing up with newbies of all genders at the monthly open source events we plan to host.  Why?  Because they believe that reaching out to folks who are underrepresented in the community produces better code.  And who doesn’t love better code?

You gotta be nice to be a real ror rockstar.  And there are a lot of nice people of all genders involved in this event.

Entry Filed under: Personal,Professional,Ruby on Rails

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Janna  |  September 30th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Good for you, Li!!!

  • 2. David Larochelle  |  October 1st, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    What type of background should the attendees have? E.g. knowledge of another programing language such as C++ or PHP? Experience with HTML? Basic exposure to programming? Or complete newbies?

    Perhaps I missed it but I didn’t find anything like this explicitly mentioned on the site.

  • 3. lianaleahy  |  October 1st, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    We’re encouraging all experience levels to attend (yes, newbies too) and then we’ll group folks by experience with the TAs. So come one, come all.

  • 4. lukas  |  October 9th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    will there be another bay area workshop this year? this sounds amazing!

  • 5. lukas  |  October 9th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    sorry about that – i just found with little effort. good luck at Harvard next week!

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