DjangoGirls is a non-profit organization and a community that empowers and helps women to organize free, one-day programming workshops by providing tools, resources and support. We are a volunteer run organization with hundreds of people contributing to bring more amazing women into the world of technology. We are making technology more approachable by creating resources designed with empathy.
There are DjangoGirls events run in cities all over the world, from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town. We are the organisers of the Oxford group. The name comes from a popular website programming tool called Django, which is written for the Python programming language. Both Django and Python are Open Source (i.e. free for everyone). DjangoGirls also provide all the promotional resources for the day, such as logos, stickers and balloons.
In 2017, we are planning to run two 1-day workshops in Oxford for around 30 participants, with one event in May and one in August. The course takes place on a single Saturday, with setup on the Friday night before. The tutorial takes the participants from limited programming experience, to a working blog on their own laptop.
At the core of the event is the standard DjangoGirls tutorial, which is a well-polished guide on how to create a blog using Django and Python. The 1 day DjangoGirls workshop will provide a place for a group of participants to work through the tutorial, with lots of experienced programmers on-hand for technical assistance and motivation. We also provide lunch!
The event is being organized by a group of programmers that live in and around Oxford. We work for different companies, but we all use Django and Python in our daily programming. Our group is entirely voluntary. We all have full-time jobs, and we run the group in our spare time.
Women are underrepresented in programming, so the aim of the event is to help participants cultivate an interest in programming and technology. It takes a lot of work to become a professional programmer, but we hope this taster session might give the curious a nudge in the right direction.
The event has been oversubscribed in the past, so we operate an application system. There is a simple online form to fill in, and we will let you know if you were successful in your application a few weeks before the event. Although the event is aimed at women and girls, anyone can apply and attend.
We aren’t selling anything and our only objective is to inspire women to fall in love with programming. Our sponsors might want to display their logos, but their presence at the event won’t be overbearing. Python is a major programming language used by governments, universities and major companies all over the world. Even if attendees decide to use another programming language in the future, the knowledge gained at the event should enthuse and inspire. The event is totally free, and it is run by volunteers. We are funded by donations from tech companies around Oxford.