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Django Girls

If you are a woman and want to learn how to make websites, we have good news for you: we are holding a 1.5 day workshop for beginners!

During one of the biggest Django conferences in the world, which gathers loads of talented programmers from all over the world - DjangoCon US 2016 - we are holding a workshop. It will take place on July 20th and 21st at Huntsman Hall, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

This workshop is aimed at total beginners. You don't need to know anything about programming to participate. You just need to bring your own wifi-enabled laptop evening of Wednesday the 20th and all day Thursday the 21st, and have a sufficient understanding of English to follow our English-language tutorial.

You'll work through a tutorial in small groups of three with a coach, so you'll be able to learn at your own pace.

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

The workshop is free of charge! Don't wait too long: you can apply for the workshop until June 25th 2016!

Tentative Schedule

Huntsman Hall, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania is located at 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Wednesday, July 20: Installation Party!

  • 6:00 pm - Dinner
  • 6:30 pm - Introductions and lightning talks from coaches, sponsors, and awesome people from the Python/Django community
  • 7:30 pm - Installation starts!
  • 9:00 pm - Party's over. Get some sleep!

Thursday, July 21: Workshop Day!

  • 8:30 am - Check-in
  • 9:00 am - Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:30 am - Workshop
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch (1 hour)
  • 5:30 pm - Wrap-up and thanks

We have space for 30 people!

Applications are closed!

Registrations are now closed: we received many applications and are now evaluating them. Acceptance emails will be sent by July 1st!

Do I need to know anything about websites or programming?

No! Workshops are for beginners. However, if you have a little bit of technical knowledge (i.e. you know what HTML or CSS are) you still can apply!

I am not living in Philadelphia, can I attend?

Of course! At this time we are not able to offer travel scholarships, however.

Should I bring my own laptop?

Yes, we expect you to bring your wifi-enabled laptop with you. It is important for us that you be able to take home everything you’ll write and create during workshops.

Do I need to have something installed on my laptop?

We'll help you install what you need! Don't worry, all the software you'll use is free.

Is DjangoCon US a good conference for a total beginner?

Even though you are new to programming, conferences are a good place to meet many interesting people in the industry and find inspiration.

Is food provided?

Yes! Thanks to DjangoCon US, breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be served during the workshop. Dinner will be available at the installation party thanks to Wharton Computing.

How do I get to the venue?

Jon M. Huntsman Hall, The Wharton School is located at 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. The location is easily accessible by SEPTA (21 bus or LUCY from 30th Street Station). There is a parking garage across the street - "Walnut 38 Garage" with a maximum daily fee of $29. There is free on-street parking available a few blocks from the venue.

Is the venue accessible?

Huntsman Hall is entirely accessible by way of ramps, including presentation areas. This includes the parking area and main auditorium. Automatic doors are at all building entrances. Bathrooms include grab bars, lowered sinks, and lowered urinals. Three sets of unlocked elevators available during open building hours. Service animals welcome, with a grassy outdoor plaza off the second floor (Koo Plaza).

Can I participate if I have low vision or am hard of hearing?

While we do not have any special facilities for attendees who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or have low vision, our coaches will use text-based communication if it will help you.

Will there be child care?

Complimentary child care is available through Saint Mary's Church Nursery School (3916 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104) for kids 18 months through 6 years old! Sign your child up for child care soon, while there is still space!

I need an accomodation not listed here.

Please send us an email to [email protected] so we can work out a plan with you!

Be a Coach!

We would be delighted to have you apply to be a coach! Fill in the form here.

We will contact you soon :)

Can I be a coach if I am not a woman?

Yes! While the workshop is limited to women participants, we welcome men who support the mission of Django Girls to apply to be a coach.

Django Girls

Django Girls Philadelphia is a part of bigger initiative: Django Girls. It is a non-profit organization and events are organized by volunteers in different places of 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


Join these awesome people as Django Girls Philadelphia!

Anthony So

Cait Wallace

Ed Rivas

Felice Ho

Haris Ibrahim K. V.

Ka-Wing Tam

Zan Anderle


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 email [email protected] !

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