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Offline Tech Classes

Girl and lady-friendly coding classes all over the country and world!

A group of Girls Who Code excited to be learning to code

We’ve been hard at work polishing up the final version of our first web tutorial–videos are in final production and we’re creating some great interactive content that will get all of you ladies started down the path of building your first web project!

In the meantime, we thought that we’d share some great resources for those of you who are interested in getting a head’s start on learning in a more traditional, offline classroom environment.

There are a ton of great resources out there to help women and girls learn to code. We’ve shared a few of our favorites below.

For those of you who don’t live in Philly, San Francisco, New York, or any of the other locales lucky enough to have offline classes, keep an eye out for updates on our progress! We’re excited to share what we’ve been working on for the past two months and look forward to guiding you down the path toward digital enlightenment, wherever you are.

For ladies of all ages

GirlDevelopIt!, @girldevelopit

Locations: New York, Philadelphia, Austin, Columbs, Cinncinati, San Francisco, Ottawa, Sydney
We <3 the ladies from GirlDevelopIt! They offer a range of courses–from basic HTML/CSS to Android Development–for those women who are eager to learn how to code. So far, they offer classes in several US cities (including Columbus and Cincinnati – go Ohio!), as well as Ottawa and Sydney. They are looking to expand to more cities in the next few months, so be sure to sign up for their newsletter to get the latest news.

Railsgirls, @railsgirls

Locations: Berlin, Munich, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Portland…to name but a few
Railsgirls held their first event in December 2010 in Helsinki. Since then, they’ve built an international network of volunteers who introduce women to Ruby on Rails, UI/UX and other skills that they need to build a web app. The events are held over the course of a weekend in cities around the world.

Ladies Learning Code, @llcodedotcom

Location: Toronto
Are you in Toronto? Then you’re in luck! Ladies Learning Code offers courses in HTML/CSS, Python, and mobile app development. They also cover some tech-adjacent skills like Photoshop and video editing.

 

For the under 21 set

BlackGirlsCode, @blackgirlscode

Location: San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Detroit & more
BlackGirlsCode aims to tackle two of tech’s most pernicious problems at once: the lack of women and minorities. This summer BGC’s Summer of Code is training girls 7-17 all over the country and preparing them to go into careers in the STEM fields. Check out their website for classes and workshops coming to a city near you.

Girls Who Code, @girlswhocode

Location: New York
Though not as explicitly focused on minorities, Girls Who Code is focused on helping girls in underserved communities get access to technology and learn hardcore technical skills. The program launched this summer with an intensive camp for girls 13-17 and more programs are coming soon.

TechGirlz, @TechGirlzOrg

Location: Philadelphia
The goal of TechGirlz is to introduce teenage girls to technology and show them that its not about having a boring computer job, but putting computer technology to work for you in whatever field you choose. They hosted an entrepreneur camp this summer and regularly host Saturday workshops with amazing named like “Driving Ms. Data” (all about data of course!).

 

Do you know of any other woman friendly offline classes that we missed? Please tell us about them in the comments!

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  • michelleglauser

    Also, RailsBridge is a free weekend program in many cities and similar to RailsGirls (both of which I have attended), but I liked that it split levels into smaller classes. See here: http://workshops.railsbridge.org/

    (They also have a great list on that link of other resources such as “Hungry Academy.”)

    • Adda

       Yes Railsbridge! Thanks for sharing Michelle :)

  • http://twitter.com/RailsGirls_MUC Rails Girls Munich

    I’m the chapter rep for Rails Girls Munich (supported by a fantastic team of organisers and coaches), thanks for the mention in the post! We feel like celebrities, hooray! Our event is 12. and 13. October. Some of you may know some Au Pairs and the like living here so send them our way through http://railsgirls.com/munich.

    One very exciting offline initiative that has been getting going in Berlin (founded by some Rails Girls vets, and other generous time givers) is Open Tech School (http://www.opentechschool.org/

    They are providing free workshops for all programming languages (so far they have done Javascript and Python) regardless of gender. They all volunteer their time, to keep the workshops completely free.

  • http://twitter.com/RailsGirls_MUC Rails Girls Munich

    I’m
    the chapter rep for Rails Girls Munich (supported by a fantastic team
    of organisers and coaches), thanks for the mention in the post! We feel
    like celebrities, hooray! Our event is 12. and 13. October. Some of you
    may know some Au Pairs and the like living here so send them our way
    through http://railsgirls.com/munich.

    One very exciting offline initiative that has been getting going in
    Berlin (founded by some Rails Girls vets, and other generous time
    givers) is Open Tech School (http://www.opentechschool.org/

    They are providing free workshops for all programming languages (so
    far they have done Javascript and Python) regardless of gender. They all
    volunteer their time, to keep the workshops completely free.

  • http://twitter.com/RailsGirls_MUC Rails Girls Munich

    oops sorry. delete the previous comment if you can. doubled up by accident.

  • Marc Hedlund

    I’d love to see Hacker School http://www.hackerschool.com on the list. Etsy, my company, has sponsored their current and next sessions and is providing grants for women who want to attend. The summer class has 23 women out of 51 students, nearly 50/50.

    • Adda

      Yes! We think your initiative at Hacker School is absolutely amazing! In fact, we are going to be featuring one of your hackers in an interview in the coming week.

      Our post clearly had a prejudice towards initiatives with either Girl or Ladies in the name, which, alas, would have also kept us here at Skillcrush off the list!

      Thank you for the work you are doing!

      • Marc Hedlund

        Cool, thanks for the response.

  • Monika Starzyk

    Yes! In Poland, Krakow we’ve just started with lady-friendly classes, workshops, meetings too! @webmuses:disqus or http://www.facebook/webmuses or plus.google.com/109145585852338942294
    We love your work Skillcrush!

  • http://twitter.com/Jen_Face Jen Smith

    It would be awesome to see the Chicago Women Developers (@CWDevs) added to the list. They run women-friendly workshops that range from HTML/CSS to Python, Ruby, PostgreSql, and so on. Men are welcome too, no one’s discriminated :) Based out of Chicago, classes are *usually* held in the @1871Chicago startup space in the Merchandise Mart (home to CodeAcademdy, and other great groups.)

    Here’s the meetup page for more information: http://www.meetup.com/WomanDevelopers/

  • http://twitter.com/GeorginaWilcox Georgina Wilcox

    In Sydney, Australia we have the Girls’ Programming Network: http://sydney.edu.au/it/gpn

    We run weekend activities for high school girls in the region.