Neither had I until they started organizing Ruby on Rails coding events for women in Tallinn together with a local community called Tech Sisters and stirred up the local tech scene.
They’ve been around Tallinn already 3 times and if the good feedback continues to flow in will be around here at least once more.
Rails Girls was founded by Linda Liukas and Karri Saarinen. The first event, held in Helsinki in November 2010, got over 100 interested girls signed-up for the workshop and since then the free weekend events have expanded to Shanghai, Singapore, Tallinn, Berlin, Krakow and many more attracting thousands of girls to the world of web building.
Rails Girls aims to open up technology and make it more approachable for girls and women. The weekend event is free and open to all enthusiastic girls and women. Their aim is to empower girls and women to build the capacity and acquire the tools to conquer the last online frontier.
Programming gives women the chance to construct technology-based products and services from their own ideas. When more and more women start coding, it could result in technology products related to teaching, environmental protection and products that help make everyday life easier.
Rails Girls is a fully non-profit operation with a small base-funding from Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship and all events are organized together with local partners.
Based on my experience I can definitely tell you that the Rails Girls events are something to check out whatever your location or age is. All you need is willingness, a nearby event and a decently working computer. And most of all, SHOW UP!
Check out their events calendar to see when they’re planning on coming to your town or country. Last week they were in Prague, the next stop on our Codess event journey!