Coding for young women: Apply to Rails Girls Johannesburg

Taking part in building the Internet may seem like a dark mystery to most people. But Rail Girls is changing all that. If all you have is curiosity and a willingness to learn, you can join a unique group of women, and some young men, who will walk into the new world of technology.

In a first for South Africa, Rails Girls Johannesburg is scheduled to begin early in December. Born in Finland, Rails Girls is a global, non-profit volunteer community that aims to launch women into the world of digital technology., in association with Rails Girls, is organising a unique experience that will contribute to making technology accessible and friendly. Making technology approachable is the objective of this unique project that has spread to 232 cities, including Mozambique and Uganda.

Our aim is to give tools and a community for women to understand technology and to build their ideas. Rails Girls does this by providing a great experience on building things and by making technology more approachable.

Our aim is to give tools for women to understand technology. The Rails Girls events do this by providing a great first experience on building the Internet.

“Rails Girls was founded in end of 2010 in Helsinki. Originally intended as a onetime event, we never thought we’d see so many local chapters all around the world.”

Participants learn sketching, prototyping, basic programming and get introduced to the world of technology.

As Rails Girls is entirely a non-profit, participants don’t pay and coaches, organisers and speakers don’t charge. Thanks to willing sponsors who want to promote the benefits of “open technology”, the traction of the two-day events around the world are surprising even the founders.

Participants don’t need any previous knowledge about programming and there are no age-limitations. A hands-on approach to learning the basics of Ruby on Rails, participants need no previous experience about programming. Although there are no age limits, Rails Girls Johannesburg wants to aim the first event at young people between 15 and 18 years of age.

The workshop will be informal. No panel discussions or lectures, just one coach for three or four participants. At the end of the workshop, participants will feel confident and inspired about programming and web design.

The event will take place at:

Thoughtworks office Address


South Point Central

2nd Floor

17 Melle Street




Parking Address

Arbour Square Building,

c/o Juta & Melle Streets,




Parking will be provided. A ticket will stamped at the Thoughtworks office.


Light refreshments and snacks will be available. The workshop starts on Saturday 6 December 2014 and continues on Sunday 7 December 2014.

You need to submit your application by or before 20 November 2014 and, if you are selected, we will contact you by or before 26 November 2014.


  • Curiosity about the Internet
  • A laptop
  • Transport to and from the venue
  • Completion of application form

All you need is a laptop and some curiosity. Show sparks!


 Go to www.  to submit your online application