What is Rails Girls Berlin
What is our mission?
Founded in April 2012, Rails Girls Berlin is the daughter of the worldwide non-profit organization Rails Girls that started in Finland.
We want to help to close the gender gap in IT. Currently less than 20% of computer science majors are female, leaving women to be mostly consumers of technological products instead of creators and makers. Furthermore, it has been found that gender diversity leads to better decision making, increased creativity and enhanced, innovative performances.
We are trying to change the gender imbalance by giving women the opportunity and a community to start learning to code. In addition to that we want to empower women to follow their dreams and put their business ideas into reality without a technical co-founder.
Why are so few women in IT?
Due to a lack of female role models, women are often prejudiced towards Computer Science as a career as it is commonly perceived as male dominated, isolated, uncreative and uncommunicative. In reality, programming demands a lot of creativity as well as good communication skills in order to build a good product.
Furthermore, it is a common misbelief that being good at Maths is a prerequisite for learning programming. Due to outdated undergraduate teaching methods that favour competition over cooperation, girls are often less interested in Mathematics. They therefore often show a lower performance at school which keeps them from taking up an IT career later in life.
How we are trying to solve this problem
We make coding social by creating a communicative and cooperative atmosphere around it. Our workshops kick off with an installation get-together, are provided with food that attendees bring along to share and end with an after-party.
By teaching women in groups of two we create an environment without pressure or competition which diminishes the fear of asking “stupid” questions.
We connect women with each other, with mentors / coaches and role models who have shown that it doesn’t need an academic background in computer science or be good at Maths to become a successful developer.
We foster continued learning by encouraging attendees to join project groups after the workshop. These groups are led by experienced developers and stretch over several weeks to months. In addition to that, larners of all levels come together regularly on our “Code & Cake”.
What do we mean by „women“ and „girls“?
Although we use „girls“ in our name, we welcome people who *identify as female* of *any age, ethnicity and background*. No matter if you’re still in school, have been working for many years or are staying home to take care of relatives. Diversity matters to us, so if you are not fluent in English, don’t own a laptop, can’t find someone to care of your children during the workshop, please contact us and we will try to find a solution.
Rails Girls Berlin events are organized by a small group of women and a huge group of programmers. Everyone is volunteering for this project, because we believe that women are the future of programming. The overwhelmingly positive feedback we are receiving from our attendees and coaches is convincing us to keep this project going.
How you can help
We are always looking for people to support Rails Girls by either coaching or sponsoring our events. If you want to get involved, then please drop us a line email@example.com
Bioinformatics student, Ruby Monsta, loves to travel, code and try new things.
Responsible for: Website, Event Planning, Finances & Sponsors, Project Groups, Social Media
philosopher, ruby and rails learner and group-coding-enthusiastic
Responsible for: Attendee Coordination, Project Groups
Philosopher, soccer player, Ruby coder and feminist.
Loves food and her bicycle.
Responsible for: Attendee Coordination, Event Planning, Newsletter
Philanthropist and Humanist, HR professional and code learner, loves
tech innovations and is a Berliner.
Responsible for: Attendee Coordination, Event Planning, Sponsors
Former Cultural Anthropologist now studying Computer Science, lives on the internet and cheese.
Responsible for: Attendee Coordination, Social Media
Yak Shaving Enthusiast working at innoQ. Loves cats, avocados and technology.
Responsible for: Design, Infrastructure, Website, Wall of Fame
Rails Girls Berlin wouldn’t exist without these people. If you are interested in coaching, check out the „get involved“ section and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Founder of companies, programmer, runs a coworking space
maintainer of js2coffee,
works with node.js & coffeescript,
plays guitar & piano,
loves acrobatic & extreme sports
passionate about open source
Happy to be a Rubyist; we're all about love & passion & community
Fighting bits since 1988
Multitask (Programmer && Housewife) Hacker
Unambitious photographer and internet-afffin
En el caos encontraremos la armonía
author, technologist, consultant, speaker, teacher, musician, organizer
founder & CEO of WorkHub
Rails-developer at d:evolute, student of computer science at FU Berlin
Ruby on Rails web developer at WorkHub
customer support operations at sponsorpay, learning Ruby on Rails with rubymonsters
Duana Saskia Stanley
Software Engineer Lovely Person
Working at SoundCloud
programmer of negotiable affections
Java developer and Ruby hobbyist, psychology student, always curious to learn more
Rubyist, Developer @planio, IT Student, deep
Developer Evangelist at anynines, future Neelie Kroes
Henry van Wagenberg
Lover of ancient Greek Stoic philosophy. Also a Rails developer with SmartLogic Berlin
Backend Ruby developer working at Asquera
went from zero to Rails developer in under a year, and you can too!
loves cycling, music and electronics
works at Workhub, loves test-driven development, well designed architectures
Joseph M. Bach
Ruby developer, entrepreneur, musician and successful astronaut.
Species Life Cycle Management
Maintainer of Sinatra, contributes to Rubinius, Rack, Travis, Rails and MRI
Works at Sofatutor, Obsessed with benchmarking, syntax highlighting and details
code queen @RailsGirlsSoC | queer feminist geek | evercurious activist
likes test first development, politics, feminism, facilitating, writing emails, hiking and knitting
web addict, frontend dev, game geek.
Berlin-based french Ruby on Rails developer seeing programming as a great tool
Freelance analyst and project manager, passionated ruby developer in progress
Normal Human Being
Mari Carmen Gutiérrez
Passionate web developer, obsessed by learning everyday, in love with Ruby, Rails and Berlin.
Open Sourcer by heart, loves talking about Vim, writing a book about Padrino
Thinks learning how to program is a Very Good Thing
RVM Maintainer. Software Wizard. Shell, Ruby and Rails developer.
freelancing programmer, OpenSource enthusiast and hacker
berlin programmer and musician
works for wooga building backend systems, active member of Berlin’s Ruby user group
Ruby, Rails, Minimalist, Runner, Astronomy and bread baking.
Watch me fail while I'm trying to use Twitter without complaining about things.
Xboxing, technology, polaroids, movies, art, laughing
Tech nerd, squirrel enthusiast, lover of all covered in blue cheese dressing
Spanish developer currently living in Berlin
Freelance Ruby on Rails developer, founder, passionate about improving things
loves opensource, published many Ruby and Rails projects, tools and libraries
journalist, podcaster, programmer
Focused on human rights activism, open-source software, and front-end engineering
enjoys working with open source, worked for various startup companies, currently freelancing
life, laugh, hack!
IT-Student in love with agile methodologies, clean code, open source, ruby and teaching
Not as grumpy as he seems!