By Karen Zeller (Contributing Writer, Women 2.0)
Spring was a busy time for new initiatives introducing women to programming languages and frameworks.
Inspired by workshops and outreach efforts being made in other programming languages and web development technologies, such as Ruby and Ruby on Rails, these three Python workshops took place in May with their organizers planning more this the summer.
Python Programming Workshops for Women
PyLadies, a women’s Python developer club and advocacy group, held a beginners’ workshop on May 15, 2011 at Los Angeles public radio station KPCC.
The event’s organizers, seven women from the local Python meetups including Esther Nam, Christine Cheung, and Audrey Roy, worked equally hard to put together materials and recruit attendees. The workshop was unique in that 34 out of 37 instructors and participants were female. At the end, seven lightning talks about Python were given, entirely by women.
In June, PyLadies held a Python hackathon with 55 participants in Hollywood and 30 attending remotely from as far as Poland. Attendees who open-sourced their code or submitted patches to FOSS projects received t-shirts.