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Rails Girls First experience in software craftsmanship. 1Thursday, May 3, 12
Finland - the backbone of Internet MySQL, SSH, IRC, Linux, Nokia, Assembly - the global backbones of ICT - all come from Finland. Mainly from Finnish men. At the same time have a strong open source culture, a legacy of stellar education and some of the most awesome women in the world. What if we decided that code is the modern day literacy and built a whole new software culture based on our Finnish values - equality, education and open-source? http://railsgirls.com/ 2Thursday, May 3, 12
Rails Girls workshops Rails Girls aims to give girls the first experience in software craftsmanship. It’s a finnish concept being organized by volunteers worldwide. It connects non-technical women to the world of technology in an approachable, fun and international way through a daylong workshop with local developers. During 2011 - 2012 we organized seven workshops in Finland, around Europe and Asia with 30 - 70 attendees in each. Alltogether we’ve received almost a thousand applications and interest from tens of cities. More: railsgirls.com/pressThursday, May 3, 12
“Learning to program teaches you how to think. Computer science is a liberal art.” – Steve Jobs Coding is not lonely or mathematical. More like learning a new language and writing something that affects millions. Much like literacy. Hands-on, minds on. 7 events - hundreds of girls, hundreds of volunteers. Ramping up for a full open-source teaching stack. 4Thursday, May 3, 12
Hands on, minds on. We’re building an international network of volunteers with an open source stack of coding curriculum to teach technology. We want to give girls confidence and a global network.Thursday, May 3, 12
Open source model 7 events, 600 applicants, 70 coaches and 40 000 visitors later we we’re ready to open source the building blocks. In a matter of days developers all around the world started building exercises, translating guides and organising events. . 6Thursday, May 3, 12