2017 B’more on Rails Workshop for Women

Workshop Overview

Come learn about the basics of programming with Ruby on Rails. During this two day workshop, The B’more on Rails crew will guide you through building and deploying a web application. You’ll walk away with the resources and tools to continue programming for the internet. You can sign up to learn or coach based on your experience level!

Requirements:

You must have a computer for this course. We recommend a mac, but windows and linux machines will work fine.

MAC:
You must have OSX 10.7 (Lion) or higher installed on your computer. We recommend installing all updates and updating to OSX 10.11 before the Friday Intallfest.

WINDOWS:
Please be sure that all updates are installed. Windows 7, 8 or 10 should be fine.

Friday Installfest

  • 7:00pm-9:00pm
    We’ll work together to set up your computer with the necessary tools and explore the command line a little. Bring your laptop and the battery charger. A tablet won’t work for this. Let us know if you have a problem getting a computer and we will see if we can get one for you.

Saturday Workshop

The big day. Saturday will be focused on getting your Ruby on Rails application built and launched.

  • 8:30am-9:00am | Registration, coffee, and last-minute installation help
    During the morning we’ll make sure your install from Friday is running well. Be sure to meet the other participants during this time! We will have breakfast and juice ready to get you going for the day.
  • 9:00am-9:30am | Welcome to B’More on Rails
    We’ll review the day’s schedule + hear from our sponsors
  • 9:30am-12:00pm | The building begins
    We’ll review command line and start programming. (This includes a 15-minute break)
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm | Lunch!
    Coders need to eat! We will have sandwiches, salads, and soup. There will be options for gluten-free, vegan, and veggie.
  • 1:00pm-4:30pm | Making Progress
    We’ll continue working on our applications, covering terminology, ruby and the command line as needed. We may not all finish building our applications – but everyone should have the tools and knowledge to continue after the workshop.
  • 4:30pm-5:00pm | Closing Ceremonies
  • 5:00pm-7:00pm | Afterparty!!
    After the workshop, take some time to relax and hang with the local Rails community. Attendees, coaches, and tech & creative community members are more than welcome to come out.

Transportation and Parking

There is street parking around Betamore but it is all zoned with a 2 hour limit. We recommend parking in West Street Parking Garage and is about 2 blocks from Betamore. I believe that it’s about $15 or $16 to park for the day. There’s also a TON of public transportation so consider taking a cab, a Lyft or a bus (the circulator Purple line stops right in front of Betamore). You can check out additional parking options here: bit.ly/betamorepark

Food and Drinks

Food and drinks will be provided on Friday. Breakfast, lunch, and appetizers (at the afterparty) on Saturday. Please contact us if you have food allergies and we will do our best to make accommodations.

Code of Conduct

This event will abide by the Code of Conduct created for Bridge Foundry (a very cool organization that you should check out). http://bridgefoundry.org/code-of-conduct/

Note about inclusivity

This event is specifically for women and minorities who are interested in learning programming. Due to limited space, we ask that interested professional developers and those who are not part of an underrepresented community contact us to volunteer or sign up to coach.

If you’re interested in learning Ruby on Rails but are not part of an underrepresented community, we’d be happy to connect you with some of the other fantastic resources available in Baltimore.

 

REFUND POLICY: Please let us know at least 7 days before the scheduled event if you cannot make it by emailing us at registrar@betamore.com. No refunds will be issued within 7 days.

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