Friday, February 08 14:10:05
Rails Girls - a worldwide movement that aims to bridge the gender divide in tech and teach women how to code - comes to Dublin's NDRC tonight.
'Rails Girls' is an international movement that teaches women how to code using 'Ruby on Rails', a web-based programming language.
A 'Rails Girls' workshop takes place tonight from 6pm to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 6pm.
Ireland becomes the 36th country to host the workshop and joins countries such as Brazil, USA, Japan, Czech Republic, China and Ukraine that have held events since the first workshop in Finland in 2010.
In 2012 alone, there were 40 'Rails Girls' workshops worldwide and the movement continues to gather strength with its move into Ireland.
Speaking ahead of the event, Fiona Hyland, NDRC Spokesman said: "We are delighted that 'Rails Girls' is coming to NDRC and, having seen the success of similar events across the world, we are certain that it will be hugely beneficial for the participants here in Ireland. We couldn't have done this without our partner Emily Castles from Redhills."
"There is no doubt that, as is the case globally, there is a lack of female developers in Ireland and events like 'Rails Girls' not only directly address this issue but also aids in building a more inclusive and vibrant tech community."
"The event has already generated significant interest with 130 women applying to take part. Unfortunately, space was limited but the 45 attendees that will attend over the two days will not only learn how to code but also network with programmers and other like-minded people. The environment will be fun and relaxed with 25 coaches on hand over the two days."