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Rails for Girls. Women, join the Internet playground. Finland's first Ruby on Rails workshop for women will let girls in on the exciting world of building web applications and software services. The free weekend workshop is presented by Kisko Labs, Finland's premier web product development firm.

Rails for Girls Workshop in Helsinki Nov 26-27th, 2010

Rails for Girls is a 12-hour Ruby-on-Rails workshop for absolute beginners in the world of programming and web development organized by the Helsinki-based software development firm Kisko Labs.

The weekend event is free and open to all enthusiastic girls and women. Rails for Girls wants to empower girls to build the capacity and acquire the tools to conquer the last online frontier.

Karri Saarinen, partner at Kisko Labs explains:

- The Internet was built by and for boys. As a girl, one often feels like lacking the vocabulary to access it. With Rails for Girls, we want to demystify the world of web applications and encourage women to learn about software development and programming. We believe that women need the skills and language to understand that world.

Kisko Labs, the software consultancy behind Rails for Girls has noticed that female technologists have power and potential.

Antti Akonniemi, CEO of Kisko Labs points out:

- Building software services and micro applications is cheaper, faster and easier than ever before yet women's visions are underrepresented.

The weekend will be hosted at Kisko Labs' premises in Kamppi, Helsinki. About 100 web enthusiasts have showed interest in the first ever Rails for Girls workshop.

- The workshop is also a networking opportunity. But above all it will be a fun and unique experience, continues Antti.

The materials for the workshop will be published on the Rails for Girls website, hoping to encourage others to replicate the workshop concept.

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