Django Girls Coding Grace RTÉ
Vicky Twomey-Lee, founder of Coding Grace and Paula Weir, a computer programmer in RTÉ’s digital division and member of Coding Grace. Image via Conor McCabe Photography

First Irish Django Girls coding event taking place this April

18 Mar 2016

With the help of RTÉ and Coding Grace, the one-day Django Girls workshop will be coming to Dublin for the first time on 23 April, aiming to encourage more women to take an interest in programming.

Django Girls is a non-profit organisation that has established itself as one of the leading communities making efforts to empower and help women to organise free, one-day programming workshops by providing tools, resources and support.

Since it was founded in 2014, the organisation has managed to hold workshops in 134 cities across 58 countries and now it is making Ireland the 59th country to get a workshop.

To be hosted at RTÉ’s complex in Donnybrook, Dublin, the workshop will be guided by Coding Grace founder Vicky Twomey-Lee who was at Inspirefest 2015 leading a coding workshop for those who wanted to learn what coding is all about.

Rather than being available exclusively for women, the workshop is considered female-friendly and will support participants to build their first web application using Python, Django, HTML and CSS.

Limited space available

Speaking of the upcoming workshop, Twomey-Lee said: “Bringing like-minded people together to learn, share and connect is one of the reasons why I am involved in events like this.

“It’s a fantastic way to encourage people to learn and teach in an inclusive and friendly environment.”

Similarly, Coding Grace member and a computer programmer in RTÉ’s digital division, Paula Weir, adds: “I am passionate about coding and I would like to see more females take an interest in it and forge great careers in this area.

“The aim of the Django workshop is to demystify coding and provide training and mentorship for the participants to build their first web application.”

Space in the free workshops are limited to just 30 so if you’re looking to try your hand at coding, then you’re advised to apply before applications close on 16 April.

Colm Gorey
By Colm Gorey

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic. He joined in January 2014 and covered AI, IoT, science and anything that will get us to Mars quicker. When not trying to get his hands on the latest gaming release, he can be found lost in a sea of Wikipedia articles on obscure historic battles and countries that don't exist any more, or watching classic Simpsons episodes far too many times to count.

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