We’re hosting a workshop with Rails Girls on 13th-14th March 2020!

Rail Girls X Student Beans

We caught up with Hannah, Backend Engineer at Student Beans, to find out about the upcoming workshop which will be held in our Manchester office.

So what is Rails Girls?

Rails Girls is an international, non-profit organization that gives participants the opportunity to discover the exciting world of web development through interactive workshops. It aims to teach people how to make a Ruby on Rails application from scratch, in a relaxed and supportive environment. By the end of the workshop, everyone should have a fully functional application, and hopefully some inspiration to keep learning!

What can participants expect?

The Rails Girls workshop will take place on 13th and 14th of March 2020 in our amazing Manchester office! With help and guidance from our coaches, participants will create a real web application in a fun and relaxed environment.

It won’t be all work though! We’ll have pizza and drinks to kick off the event. We’ll also have a team breakfast and lunch on the second day and finish off with an afterparty to celebrate!

There’s still time to sign up so check out Rails Girls website for full details. Our engineering team will be in attendance to help coach and answer questions.

Who is the event for?

The Rails Girls workshop is a two-day event for women of all ages to give them a great introduction to software engineering. Participants under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Why are we doing it?

Getting more women into tech is an issue very close to my heart, so I am thrilled that Student Beans is supporting me in organising and running this event. There are so few women in tech currently, we make up just 16% of the total tech workforce!* One way we can improve this is by giving women a great start in tech – by creating supportive environments and letting women meet other women in engineering. My hope is that this Rails Girls workshop will do just that.

As for the engineering team at Student Beans, we are all keen to give back to the wider community. We use Ruby on Rails every day for a range of products, which is free, open-source and community lead. This is a great chance for us to share our knowledge and grow the Ruby community.

Hannah, a Backend Engineer at Student Beans
Hannah is a Backend Engineer at Student Beans Manchester - and the driving force behind our Rails Girls event!

How else can people get involved with the event?

We’re looking for dedicated coaches to teach during the events. If you’re up for the challenge drop us an email on railsgirls@studentbeans.com.

We’re on the lookout for more sponsors for the event. Big or small, any contribution is appreciated. Sponsors will be given a few minutes to introduce themselves and a table at the event. If you’re interested in sponsoring, get in touch on railsgirls@studentbeans.com.