Rails Girls Motueka Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th November 2015

Kia ora!

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

We are running a workshop during the weekend of November 7th & 8th

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.

Want to help? We're looking for partners & sponsors for the non-profit event! Email us!

Applications are now open! Apply here.

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 Rails coaches. Apply here.

Friday 6 November

18.00 - 20.00

Installation party

Get to know the attendees a little bit before hand. Bring your laptop if you can, so we can install Ruby on Rails for you.

Coach dinner

All of the coaches are welcome to our coach dinner, where we'll go through the program for the next day.

Saturday 7 November

9:00 - 9:45

Registration, coffee and installation

Hang out with the coaches and get to know your fellow attendees. Have a coffee. Help for folks still needing help installing Rails.
9:45 - 10:15


Welcome, mihi whakatau & karakia
Outline of the day
10:20 - 10:50

Talk - "Programming is the closest thing we have to magic"

Charlie Ablett (Enspiral Craftworks)
10:50 - 11:30

The robot game!

Program your robot to get_cupcake!
11:30 - 11:50

Animal Party on GitHub!

Merrin MacLeod
11:50 - 12:00

Ergonomics Corner

Marion Edwin, Optimise Ltd


Let's get coding!
12:45 - 13:15


13.15- 13:45

Fundamentals of Programming

Rose Lu
13:45 - 16:30

Rails Girls App Guide

16:30 - 16:45

Wrap up

Sunday 8 November

9.00 - 9.30

Arrival, coffee and mingling

9.30 - 10.00

The Bento Box - Speaking Tech Talk

Joep van Liempd
10.00 - 10.30

Talk - "Problem Solving with Software"

Dr Craig Schock, Enspiral Craftworks
10.30 - 11.00

Communication and Objects

Get up and send some messages!
11.00 - 11.30

Elements of Visual Design

Stewart Knapman, Lucid Design
11.30 - 11.40

The Hilarious World of Terrible User Interfaces

Charlie Ablett, Enspiral Craftworks
11.45 - 11.55

Startups: Not your Grandpa's Work Environment

Craig Ambrose, Enspiral Craftworks
12.00 - 12.30

Bug Squashing 101 and Being a Programmer-Mom

Anna Lezhikova, Enspiral Dev Academy grad
12.45 - 13.15


13.15 - 16.00

Extended Streams (Advanced Ruby, CSS or Javascript) OR work on your app with coaches

Advanced Ruby - Craig Ambrose, Enspiral Craftworks
Advanced Front End - Stewart Knapman, Lucid Design
16.00 - 16.30

Wrap up, sponsors, and the Ruby community in New Zealand

16.30 - 17.30


Come, hang out with sponsors and organisers and coaches, eat some nibbles, and wind down after a fabulous weekend of discovery!


Applications are now closed.
Location: Motueka Technology Education Centre / Parklands School 9-19 Pah St, Motueka
Code of Conduct


Rails Girls Motueka is co-organized with our awesome partners.

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

MoTEC Motueka Technology Education Centre is attached to Parklands School in Motueka at the top of the South Island, New Zealand. Each week 400 year 7 and 8 students from the surrounding schools come to MoTEC for an up-to-date, exciting and varied technology programme.

Ministry of Inspiration Ministry of Inspiration a registered charity based in the Tasman region is revolutionising how we actively engage with the youth of today and challenge them to live to their creative and innovative potential.

Enspiral Enspiral is a virtual and physical network of companies and professionals working together to create a thriving society.

21 Century Learning Network is a collection of folks interested in educational reform.


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

Who is this aimed for? Anyone who identifies as a woman or girl, 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.

I know how to program - How can I help? We’re also looking for people to be coaches. We’ll have a two-three hour workshop before the event to walk you through the curriculum. Email us