Django Girls Workshops
Django Girls is a non-profit organization that provides resources for anyone to organize a free one-day workshop for women that teaches attendees how to start programming and make websites with HTML, CSS, Python, and Django. Started in July of 2014 in Berlin by two Polish girls: Ola Sitarska and Ola Sendecka. The website states that workshops have been held all over the world, and over 1600 women have participated. The website is beautifully organized, and online resources are provided such as tutorials and organizer’s manual, a help chat area, and though currently sparse, there is a page listing upcoming meetups that are friendly to beginners, and a page listing jobs with companies that hire beginners.
Django defined: From a Django Girls tutorial, “Django (/ˈdʒæŋɡoʊ/ jang-goh) is a free and open source web application framework, written in Python. A web framework is a set of components that helps you to develop websites faster and easier.”
See the list of (as of Aug. 2015) 26 Django Girls Events, in 26 different cities around the world, into the year ahead. Locations include Rome, Detroit, Mumbai, Perth, Krakow, San Francisco, and more.
Many of the web pages for Past Events (scroll down below the city image links, to the ‘Past events’ section, then click ‘Show More’ to see the full list) are still up and each page provides information about the workshop schedules and format. The pages also include images and links to connect with that city’s event coaches and organizers.
Free! The organization has donors, volunteers, and corporate sponsors. The organizer’s manual outlines how to secure local sponsors for events to cover all the costs.
A Greek online news outlet, ekathimerini.com, posted an article by Matthaios Tsimitakis on April 2, 2015 titled “Django Girls make the male-dominated world of IT more accessible to women” regarding the upcoming Django Girls workshop in Athens. The article cites European numbers that indicate the low percentage of women in tech fields.
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Django Girls – Mission: “Our goal is to bring more amazing women into the world of technology and increase the diversity in the Django community. We believe that technology is for people and everyone should be able to build it. We are making technology more approachable by creating simple tools and resources designed with empathy.”
Django Girls Blog posts highlight stories about the organization and recent happenings. From the blog, click on the Your Django Story tag to read about how the blog series about “awesome” (also referred to on the website as “badass”) women who use Python or Django began, then click ‘Archives’ to find more profiles. Or, from the Django Girls home page, click Stories to see images of the women that are links to each profile. As of Aug. 2015, there are at least 64 profiles, written in an easy-to-read format of question and answer. They are titled, “Your Django Story: Meet ____ “, and the women are from Berlin, London, San Francisco, Australia, Uganda, Poland, France, Russia, and more.
Django Girls Resources page includes open source documents: Django workshop Tutorial, workshop Organizer Guide, Coaching Manual, and Tutorial Extensions.
Django Girls chat space for workshops.
Stickers with Django Girls logo can be purchased through Sticker Mule.
Django Girls Facebook statement reads: “We want to inspire women to fall in love with programming. Free Python and Django workshops all over the world.”
@DjangoGirls Twitter statement reads: “Django Girls is non-profit that organise free workshops for women who want to start their adventure with programming and web development.”
Django Girls LinkedIn company statement reads: “Django Girls is a non-profit organization that empowers and helps women to organize free, one-day programming workshops by providing tools, resources and support. Our goal is to bring more amazing women into the world of technology and increase the diversity in the Django community. We believe that technology is for people and everyone should be able to build it. We are making technology more approachable by creating simple tools and resources designed with empathy.”