Rails Girls Christchurch Fri 27th & Sat 28th May 2016

Kia ora!

Rails Girls comes to Christchurch! Join us at this free workshop where we'll dive into the magical world of Ruby on Rails.

We are running a workshop at the end of May - evening of Friday 27th & all day Saturday 28th.

All of the material is available for you to learn at home by yourself but Rails Girls offers a casual and friendly environment to learn with others and a good tutor to student ratio to help get past some tricky areas.

Unfortunately we have reached maximum capacity, but would love to run more Rails Girls events in future. If you would like to hear about those events and/or would like a spot on the waitlist for our May event, please fill out this form.

You learn designing, prototyping and coding with the help from our coaches. We introduce you to Ruby on Rails as one of the open-source web developing frameworks.

You need your own laptop, curiosity and a sprinkle of imagination! Very very limited laptops available to loan for the weekend - please indicate on your application form if you need one.

Coaches We've got a great team of coaches from various companies in Christchurch and New Zealand coming together for the weekend. Watch this space if you would like to coach at future events.


How much does the workshop cost? Nothing, it's free! You just need to be excited!

Who is this aimed at? Women of any age with basic knowledge of working with a computer. We've had people of all ages taking part. Please bring your laptop.

Can men attend? Yes, but you need to be accompanied by an interested lady. Also, girls are given a priority.

Do you have a code of conduct? Yes we do, we are using the Ruby NZ code of conduct which you can see here. We expect attendees, coaches, and sponsor representatives to behave respectfully to make sure everyone has a great time.



7:00pm - 9:00pm

Installation Party

Get know the attendees a little bit before hand. Bring your laptop if you can, so we can install Ruby on Rails for you. We will be providing snacks and (non-alcoholic) drinks, and we welcome you to bring along home baking!


9:00am - 10:00am


Time for you to collect your name tag and meet the other attendees and coaches.
10:00am - 10:10am


We'll explain what the rest of the day will look like and answer any questions you have about Rails Girls.
10:10am - 10:45am

Introduction to Programming in Ruby

We have a neat online tutorial for everyone to go through to bring you up to speed with Ruby. If you have programmed before, you might find this part pretty straight forward, and for those of you who haven't - that's why we have coaches! They will be around to give you as much help as you need :)
10:45am - 11:15am

Breakdown of our Web App

A short explanation about Rails, static vs dynamic websites, and the folder structure we are using for our app.
11:15am - 11:45am


Snacks and drinks provided :)
11:45am - 1:00pm


Working on our web apps.
1:00pm - 2:00pm


Lunch is provided :)
2:00pm - 3:15pm


Working on our web apps.
3:15pm - 3.45pm


Snacks and drink provided :)
3:45pm - 5:30pm


Working on our web apps.
5:30pm - 6:00pm

Presentations and Lightning Talks

We'd like to invite you to show off what you made! We also have a few lightning talks from the organisers and coaches.
6:00pm - 7:00pm


Eat dinner and chat to attendees and coaches.
7:00pm - later


Wind down with some delicious frozen yoghurt and great company!


First floor, Erskine, University of Canterbury


Rails Girls Christchurch has been made possible with the generosity and support of our sponsors.

If you're interested in helping us make this event as amazing (and regular) as possible, get in touch with us.

2016 Sponsors