Rails Girls Wellington Sat 27th & Sun 28th August 2016

Kia ora!

Rails Girls comes to Wellington! During the free two-day workshop we'll dive into the magical world of Ruby on Rails.

We are running a workshop during the weekend of August 27 & 28.

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.

Applications are closed! Follow us on Facebook and we'll let you know when we hold another workshop.

You learn designing, prototyping and coding with the help from our coaches.

You need your own laptop, curiosity and a sprinkle of imagination!

Want to help? We are looking for volunteers and sponsors. Email us.


How much does the workshop cost? Nothing, it's free! You just need to be excited! And we can help out with public transport costs if necessary.

Who is this aimed for? Rails Girls Wellington is open to all those who identify as women or girls with basic knowledge of working with a computer. All ages may attend, but we would prefer very young people to come with a parent or guardian. Please bring your laptop.

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

Do you have a code of conduct? Yes – it is here. We expect all attendees, coaches, and sponsor representatives to behave respectfully to make sure everyone has a great time.

I know how to program - How can I help? We’re also looking for people to be coaches and help out with teaching the Rails Girls guides. Email us.

Saturday 27th August

8:30 - 9:30

Installation party

For those who have had issues with installation - bring your laptop, so we can help you install Ruby on Rails.
9:30 - 9:45


Get in early for coffee, thanks Havana Coffee!
9:45 - 10:00


Your organisers will take you through housekeeping and a rough plan for the weekend.
10:00 - 10:30


"Programming is the closest thing we have to magic" - Charlie Ablett
10:30 - 12:00


With the help of your coaches, and your new friends, start learning the Ruby programming language with tryruby.org.
12:00 - 12:30


"What is a web app?" - Megan Bowra-Dean
12:30 - 13:00


Provided by Food Envy!
13:00 - 15:00

Ruby on Rails

With the help of your coaches, go through the Rails Girls app guide to create your own web app.
15:00 - 15:15


We need cupcakes, stat!
15:15 - 15:30


"Monsters invade Wellington: a collaborative short story" - Jevon Wright
15:30 - 16:30

Ruby on Rails

Continue working through the Rails Girls guides.
16:30 - 17:00

Wrap up

Recap what you've learned today, and start making a plan for tomorrow.

Sunday 28th August

9:30 - 9:45


Morning welcome and introduction. With coffee.
9:45 - 10:15


"Pathways into Tech" - Cara Hill, Lena Plaksina, Libby Schumacher-Knight, Jevon Wright, Serena Chen
10:15 - 12:30


Wanna go deeper into the mysterious magic that is the Ruby programming language? This is for you! Hosted by Megan Bowra-Dean.


10:15 - 12:30

Front End

Become a HTML, CSS and Javascript ninja expert! Hosted by Merrin Macleod.
12:30 - 13:00


Provided by Food Envy!
13:00 - 13:30


"How to continue learning" - Lena Plaksina
13:30 - 14:30

Wrap up

Sponsor speeches and wrap up.
Phew, what a day. You did good.
14:30 - ???


Meet awesome people in tech, hang out with your new friends, go home and sleep, or optionally go to the pub.


Enspiral Dev Academy – Level 2, 275 Cuba St


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

2016 Ruby Sponsors

2016 Sponsors

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

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Past Events

May 2015
Enspiral Dev Academy

March 2014

June 2013