Organized by : Rails Girls Nairobi Rails Girls Community
RAILS GIRLS NAIROBI MEGA CODING EVENT
February 16th - 1400hrs to 1700hrs February 17th - 0800hrs to 1700hrs
Organizers Name & Email
- StellaMaris Njage - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ceciliah Wairimu - email@example.com
- Racheal Kiteme - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stella Ireri - email@example.com
- Joanna Nanjekye- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mercy Cheruto - email@example.com
- Rahma Halene- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cynthia Anyango - email@example.com
- Riara University
- Software Lab Ventures, LLC
- Gold Avenue Music, LLC
How many registered to attend : 100 How many turned up in total : 61 Male Attendees : 20 Female Attendees : 41
The aim of the event was to introduce Ruby on rails to attendees and help them realize the importance of tech communities in career development. Our target audience was students from the age of 16. We also wanted to bring coaches who have experience on these technologies to come and speak to the attendees and also have a hands-on sessions with them as they start their journey on Ruby on Rails and software development in general. We managed to bring together 16 awesome coaches who use Ruby daily in building softwares and had a total of 39 beginners who wrote their first code in Ruby on Rails during our event.
We the Rails Girls Nairobi organizers, thought of organizing our first major event after completing the training of the1st cohort of the Rails Girls program which had about 6 ladies committed to the program. We needed continuity and growth to the tech community in terms of outreach and knowledge transfer to those interested in venturing into the world of programming, using Ruby as the programming language to get them started. Our major target was college students due to their flexibility in attending the scheduled meetups. The aim of the event was to introduce Ruby on Rails to attendees and help them realize the importance of tech communities in career development. The students were also introduced to open source world and be guided on how to contribute to open source projects. We had Alumna of great student opportunities such as Google Summer of Code, Outreachy, Rails Girls Summer of Code and Anita Borg also gave tips on how to get into such opportunities.
Attendee Feedback: After the event we sent out a feedback form to the attendees and coaches. Summary of the feedback was: - The event was amazing and informative - Direct involvement from the coaches helped them understand and grasp the content better. - Lightning talks such as opportunities in tech, real life tech stories, good programmer practices, version controlling were very inspiring and made them be inspired to keep continue building softwares. - The warm-up games were awesome and helped people to bond and clear their minds. They would love such events to be organized outside Nairobi.