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Django Girls

Would you like to learn about how to build websites, but don’t know where to start? Learning how to code can seem like an impossible task so we’ve decided to put on a workshop to show 30 programming beginners how it can be done and get them excited about the world of technology.

Join us on Thursday 15th September 2016 for a free one-day workshop in Cardiff, where we’ll be giving attendees the chance to learn about programming and to ultimately build their own website. The workshop takes place at the start PyCon UK, a big conference for programmers which gathers a lot of talented people from all over the world.

Django Girls is a crash course that is aimed at total beginners. You don’t need to know anything about programming, we just expect you to bring your own laptop, to be able to commit to the all-day workshop on Thursday 15th September and to have a sufficient understanding of English so you’re able to follow our English tutorial. You will work through the tutorial in a small group of three attendees and one coach so you’ll be able to do it at your own pace. If you’d like to join us, please apply below.

The workshop is free of charge and is part of PyCon UK's Introduction Day. We are happy to be able to offer a free conference ticket to all workshop attendees and we encourage you to make the most of this - it's a fun few days in a wonderful city and you will have the chance to take your programming skills further and be a part of the Python community!


Thursday, 15th September 2016 (Workshop Day)

  • 08:00 - 09:15 Registration
  • 09:15 Introduction
  • 09:30 Workshop starts
  • 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:30 Workshop continues
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Workshop continues
  • 16:00 Workshop closing

Friday 16th - Sunday 18th September 2016 (Talks)

PyCon UK talks and workshops - talks and other sessions.

You must have a conference ticket to attend these sessions

Monday 19th September 2016

PyCon UK sprints and advanced workshops - sprints and advanced workshops.

You must have a conference ticket to attend this.


The workshop on Thursday will be at Cardiff University Bute Building.

The conference (Friday - Monday) will be at Cardiff City Hall.


PyCon UK are doing some great work to make the conference as diverse, accessible and inclusive as possible and we aim to reflect this in Django Girls. There will be support for users with mobility, visual and hearing impairments as well as a creche and a quiet room.

We are trans-inclusive and welcome applications from all women and non-binary people.

Full details here: Diversity, accessibility, inclusion

Apply for the workshop now!

We are full for now, but you can still apply and join the waiting list, and we will be in touch if a place becomes available.


Do I need to know anything about websites or programming?

No! Workshops are for beginners. You don’t need to know anything about it. However, if you have a little bit of technical knowledge (i.e. you know what HTML or CSS are) you still can apply!

I do not live in Cardiff, can I attend?

Of course! If you can get yourself to Cardiff, you should apply.

Should I bring my own laptop?

Yes. We have no hardware, so we expect you to bring your computer with you. It is also important for us that you take home everything you write and create during workshops.

Do I need to have something installed on my laptop?

We will send you instructions for getting your laptop set up before the workshop. If there are any problems with this we can help you at the start of the workshop.

Is the PyCon UK conference good for a total beginner?

Even though you are new to programming, a conference is a good place to meet many interesting people in the industry and find inspiration. There will be talks and workshops at all levels and there will be guidance available to help find sessions to suit you. You'll get the chance to be part of a wonderful, welcoming and friendly community!

Is food provided?

Yes. Meals, snacks and refreshments will be served on the workshop day and throughout the conference.

Be a Mentor!

We have lots of wonderful coaches now, thank you for applying! :) If you still want to help or, please email us - we'll add you to our reserve coach list. You are also very welcome to drop in on the workshop day and say hello / see if there's anything you can do!

Django Girls

Django Girls at PyCon UK is a part of bigger initiative: Django Girls. It is a non-profit organization and events are organized by volunteers in different places all over the world.

To see the source for the program find us on Github:

If you want to bring Django Girls to your city, drop us a line: [email protected].


Alex Chan

Ana Paula Carvalho

Daniel Moisset

Oliver Bristow

Tom Mortimer-Jones

Veronika Svecova

Zara Siddique


We couldn't be here without the support from amazing people and organizations who donated money, knowledge and time to help us make this a reality. If you want to contribute and support our goal, please get in touch: [email protected]

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