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Django Girls

We are living in a world in which one cannot live without technology. We use it every day, but not all of us know how to shift from being only technology consumers to producing software. If you are a woman and you are interested in diving into the world of the internet with us - we have good news for you!

Just before one of the biggest Python conferences in the world, which gathers loads of talented programmers from all over the world - PyCon 2016 - we are holding a two day workshop for beginners. It will take place on May 27 at Treehouse, and May 28 at Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR.

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 Friday the 27th and all day Saturday the 28th, 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.

Schedule

On Friday, meet us at the Treehouse offices, 3514 N Vancouver Ave, Suite 400, 97227

Friday, May 27: 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!

On Saturday, meet us at the Oregon Convention Center

Saturday, May 28: Workshop Day!

  • 8:30 am - Check-in and badge pickup
  • 9:00 am - Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:30 am - Workshop
  • 10:45 am - Morning break
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch (1 hour)
  • 3:15 pm - Afternoon break
  • 5:30 pm - Wrap-up and thanks

Application have closed.

The application process closed on May 1st. You'll be notified about acceptance by May 5th.

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 should still apply!

I am not living in Portland, 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 food provided?

Yes. Thanks to PyCon and our generous sponsors, you'll have dinner at the installation party, and breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the workshop.

How do I get to the venue?

You can reach the Oregon Convention Center using the Portland public transit system. The TriMet Trip Planner is very helpful!

Is the venue accessible?

Yes, the Oregon Convention Center is in full compliance with the ADA. More information is available on PyCon's Accessibility page.

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 a quiet room available?

We will double check on this.

Will there be child care?

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer child care for this workshop. If you need child care, please contact us and we'll see what we can work out on a case-by-case basis.

I need an accommodation not listed here.

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

Why are you doing this?

We want to assure women who are interested in technology that you are not alone! We want to give women a safe space to learn, ask questions, make new friends, and feel supported as they learn something new.

Meet the organizers!


Kenneth Love
@kennethlove

Lacey Williams Henschel
@laceynwilliams

Terian Koscik
@spine_cone

Be a Mentor!

Our coaches' application has closed. We'll let you know if you were selected as a coach by May 8. Thank you for your interest in coaching!

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 PDX is a part of bigger initiative: Django Girls, a non-profit organization that helps women organize free, one-day Django workshops. Events are organized by volunteers all over the world.

To see the source for the program find us on github: github.com/DjangoGirls.

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

Coaches


Amy Boyle
@amylouboyle

Anne Jhetson

Caterina Paun
@caterinasworld

Felice Ho

George Song
@zukefresh

Honza Král
@honzakral

Jamil Alvi
@zencrayon

Markus Holtermann
@m_holtermann

Taylor Meek
@lingnik

Wade Christensen
@wadechristensen

Sponsors

We wouldn'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]