Rails Girls Columbia, Maryland 20-21 September 2013

Sho-bee-doo-be-do! Rails Girls is setting the beat with laughter & coding in Columbia, Maryland. During this free workshop, middle and high school girls will jump into the exciting world of building web applications with Ruby on Rails & meet new friends along the way. No experience required – just some curiosity!

We are at capacity for this event, but keep an eye out for future events!

Rails Girls aims to give tools to girls to build their ideas and dreams.

You learn designing and coding by doing it with help from our expert coaches while learning with other awesome girls.

You want to help? Excellent. We are looking for Rails coaches. Submit an application.

Friday, September 20, 2013

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Installation Party

Get to know the other attendees a little bit before hand. Bring your laptop, if you have one, and we can install Ruby on Rails for you. Stay for some pizza and cupcakes.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Installation Party, The Sequel

If you didn't make it to the Installation Party on Friday, plan to come early to get Ruby on Rails installed on your machine.
9:30 am - 10:00 am

Registration & Breakfast

Sign in, grab some grub and get ready to code!
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Welcome & Introduction of Coaches

Learn about the day and meet the people who will make it happen.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Introduction to Ruby

Enough small talk, let's jump in and see what Ruby is all about! We'll have hands on coding time, some awesome speakers & a break to grab a soda and meet new friends.
12:00 - 1:00 pm


Free food....and some free time to chat with your amazing coaches.
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Ruby on Rails Application Workshop

Take your rockin' skills that you learned in the morning and code a Ruby on Rails application. We'll also take some time to learn about programming as a career while enjoying some sugary goodness.
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Wrap Up

Showcase what you learned and find out how to learn more. Trade emails with new friends or enjoy some free time to keep coding!


Application deadline: We are at capacity.
Acceptances approved by: September 13, 2013

Questions? info@chesapeaketech.org

7150 Riverwood Drive, Suite J
Columbia, MD 21046
(410) 290-8383

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Sponsors and Partners

Without the Chesapeake regional tech scene, we would be lost! A big thank you to our sponsors and partners in this event:

CRTCCTRC is a resource for knowledge and education for technology companies in and around the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore region.

IntelligenesisIntelligenesis is a full service software development company providing program management, software development and training to clients worldwide.

/training/etc/training/etc creates and delivers customized, instructor-led, training courses in programming languages including C++, Perl, Java, Python, Ruby and more.

Kate Bladow Powered Pursuits helps nonprofit organizations and social enterprises understand, implement, and evaluate technology tools.

CyberCenterCyberCenter at Anne Arundel Community College offers cutting edge curriculum, designed & delivered to meet the needs of government agencies, bueinesses & nonprofit organizations.

Stewart TechnologiesStewart Technologies provides a range of network support and IT services, as well as accounting solution software including Sage 50, Sage 100 and QuickBooks.


How much does the workshop cost? Nothing, nada, zip, zilch. It’s free – you just need to be excited!

Who is this workshop aimed for? Middle and high school girls who have basic knowledge of working with a computer and want to check out what programming is all about.

Girls under 14 MUST be accompanied by a parent who can stay and work with them throughout the workshop.

Girls over 14 are welcome to bring a parent but are not required to. Grown-ups will have a blast and learn new things too!

Can boys attend? Nope. Sorry, guys. The only exception is a Dad who wants to accompany his daughter. This is welcome and encouraged (and really cool)!

I know how to program Ruby on Rails. How can I help? We are looking for people to be coaches. Fill out the coach's application.

Columbia, MD Team

Jennifer Adams, organizer Debbie Davis, organizer Angie Lienert, organizer Rhonda McNamara, organizer @rsmcnamara Danielle Schline, organizer @Danni421 Susan Schneider, organizer Kris Shock, organizer Gretchen Snow, organizer Kate Bladow, coach @kbladow