Rails Girls San Francisco

January 25-26, 2013

Hello foggy San Francisco!

At Rails Girls, we'll dive into technology and the local community during a free two day crash-course into the to the exciting world of building web applications with Ruby on Rails.

Applications are now closed. We will notify everyone of acceptance on January 22nd.


Applications close: January 21st
Acceptances informed: January 22st
Engine Yard
500 3rd street, Suite 510
San Francisco, CA 94114

You learn designing, prototyping and coding with 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.
Email us.


Friday 25th January

6 pm - 8 pm

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. Hosted at Engine Yard
500 3rd street, Suite 510
San Francisco, CA 94114

8.30 pm - late

Coach dinner

After the installation party, coaches will be taken to the coaches dinner. The dinner is solely for coaches and organizers. This is a small thank you to the coaches, but we'll also go through the curriculum and things good to know before the workshop

Saturday 26th January

9 - 10 am

Registration, coffee

Rails Girls workshop includes learning the first steps into software craftmanship in small teams.

Along with actual coding, you'll get to hear great lightning talks, learn the language of web and meet other likeminded women.

While we're setting up the program for yet another great day of learning, take a look at Berlin, Krakow & Singapore for a glimpse of what happens during the day.
10 - 10:15 am


Outline of the day and word from sponsors
10:20 - 10:40 am


Let's get coding
10:45 - 12:25 pm


jumpstart your first web application.

12:30 pm - 1 pm

Design your web app

Learn how to plan and design your own app.

1 - 1:30 pm


1.30 - 1:45 pm

Bentobox - Understanding Web Apps

Recap of what we’ve learned and how it all fits together.
1:45 - 2:30 pm

Lighting talks from coaches

2:30 - 4:30 pm


Extend your application.
5:30 pm-ish


All friends and who wants to join can meet us after the workshop at a nearby watering hole.


Rails Girls San Francisco is co-organized with our awesome partners.

Engine Yard

Engine Yard is the leading Platform as a Service (PaaS) and provides a trusted, commercial grade solution that enables developers to focus on creating great cloud applications, instead of managing their platform.


GitHub is version control for software development and so much more. Whether it's a weekend side project, your favorite open source library, a startup destined for glory, or your company's app, GitHub helps everyone work together with tools for easier collaboration and more visibility. Check it out — open source is free!

New Relic

New Relic is the all-in-one web application performance tool that lets you see performance from the end user experience, through servers, and down to the line of application code.


Plivo eliminates the complexity from telephony by providing the most scalable and feature-rich voice and messaging platform wrapped with flexible APIs and backed by 24/7 support.


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

Who is this aimed for? Women of any age with basic knowledge of working with a computer. We’ve had people of all ages taking part, most of the crowd usually is young women in their twenties, but we truly welcome everyone.

Can men attend? Yes, but girls are given a priority as this is a workshop targeted for women. You're welcome to fork the project on Github and create another kind!'

I know how to program - How can I help? We’re also looking for people to be coaches. We’ll walk you through the curriculum at the coaches dinner on Friday. Email us

San Francisco team

Terence Lee, coach @hone02 Jessica Allen, coach @jessicaspacekat Andre Arko, coach @indirect Elaine Greenberg, coach @ejgreenberg Jina Bolton, coach @jina Denis Ivanov, coach @jumph4x Carina Zona, coach @cczona Diana Mounter, coach @broccolini Danish Khan, coach @danishkhan Julie Ann Horvath, coach @nrrrdcore Will Leinweber, coach @leinweber Brendan Loudermilk, coach @bloudermilk Ben Bleikamp, coach @bleikamp Mike O'Neill, coach @mike_oneill Matthew Conway, coach @mattonrails Ines Sombra, coach @randommood Jessica Lynn Suttles, coach @jlsuttles Steven Ragnarok, coach @nuclearsandwich Erik Michaels-Ober, coach @sferik Chris Kelly, coach @amateurhuman Simon Maynard, coach @snmaynard