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Open Workshop Project

Mission: Enabling Rails developers everywhere to organize and present high-quality introductory Rails workshops.

Lead: Sarah Mei, sarah mei at gmail dot com.

Summary: Railsbridge runs introductory Rails workshop series in San Francisco. We are releasing all our topic outlines, slides, logistics notes, etc., and inviting the community to use and modify them.

Mailing list: for workshop organizers, volunteers and teachers

These initial workshops were aimed at getting more women in the SF Ruby community, but the workshop materials are suitable for a general audience. We hope that by releasing them, they'll find a wider audience than just the people we can personally reach.


How can I help?

Please join the google group and ask, there is lots to do, including writing up a list of things to do!

Please feel free to make an account on the DevChix wiki and edit and add pages, even if you're a guy. We would have started over here on this wiki, but the workshop project actually got going before RailsBridge did. :)

Upcoming Workshops

  • July 15-16, Modcloth SF, Amy Lightholder, Rachel Myer
  • July 22-23, Kapor Foundation, Carmen Díaz Eschauri, en Español
  • August 5-6, SF/Quid, Andrea Angquist, Walter Yu
  • Octoberish, Code Camp? No install?
  • East Bay/Oakland?, Date TBD Shailen Tuli, Glen Jarvis
  • TBD, HackerDojo MountainView, Kelly Dunn, Doug Goldie (moved)


San Francisco

  • Med Help HQ, 929 Market St, SF (2 wings w/ 5 sm-to-med conf rooms, sofas, desks, max 130 ppl)
  • IGN, 625 2nd St, SF (large space & lots of conf rooms)
  • Miso, 5th & Mission (large space + lots of conf rooms)
  • Quid, Front & Pacific (large space + 3 conf rooms)
  • Microsoft, above Westlake mall (large space + lots of conf rooms)
  • Pivotal Labs, happy to host/sponsor every 3-4 months
  • Engine Yard
Venues - South Bay
  • Hacker Dojo (Mountain View)
  • CMU (Mountain View)
  • Foothill College?
Venues - North Bay
  • Enphase Energy (Petaluma)
  • O'Reilly (Sebastopol)
Venues - East Bay
  • Berkeley/Jon Seidel?
  • Beeswax?
  • TechLiminal?
  • CouchOne?
  • 6050 Lowell St?

Past Workshops


Feedback from attendees

"In addition to learning way more than I expected, I enjoyed the tone of the entire weekend. It was the only attitude-free, newbie-safe and mama-friendly tech event I have ever attended"

"It was wonderful to be surrounded by such motivated expert women programmers. It was a new experience for me. I liked it."

"A friendly and supportive environment. I was surprised at how much personal attention and care was given--really a wonderful, wonderful event from a great team!"

Read more attendee feedback! (6/13, 8/1)