Rails Girls BR 2016
February 20, 2016 —Baton Rouge, LA - Rails Girls BR took place this Friday 19th and Saturday 20th at the Louisiana Technology Park. The event is part of a larger global program aimed to give women the tools to build their own ideas through computer programming and become a larger force in the computer science and IT industry. The program was founded by Linda Liukas and Karri Saarinen. The first event, held in Helsinki in November 2010, got over 100 interested girls signed-up for the workshop. Since then the free events have expanded to Shanghai, Singapore, Tallinn, Berlin, Krakow and now here in Baton Rouge attracting thousands of girls to the world of web building. Rails Girls aims to open up technology and make it more approachable for girls and women. The weekend event was 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.
Participants were introduced to basic computer programming and coding principles and the Ruby on Rails programming model.
We would like to thank this year's sponsors of the Rails Girls BR event: The Louisiana Technology Park, Louisiana Women in Technology,The Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System, STEMup Baton Rouge, The Futures Fund, IBM, Health Engagements, InfiniEdge Software, Dr. Sarah Davis, and Slash.
This event was a great success and a lot of fun for all the volunteers and participants!
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