Tag Archive: Python

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    by Angie Chang

    PyLadies: Events, Workshops, Hackathons and Startup Kits

    By Esther Nam & Sophia Viklund (Co-Organizers & Board Members, PyLadies)

    The PyLadies’ mission is to promote and improve the Python community through workshops, outreach and social activities. It was started by a core group of seven female Python developers who decided that calls for diversity required action, rather than… repeated calls for diversity. We immediately set out to improve the gender balance of the Python community, starting with plans to organize a programming workshop for beginners. After three weeks of intense planning, networking and outreach, we held our first class, attended by 25 women and 2 men — and sparked a movement in the development community that has worldwide impact.

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    by Angie Chang

    You’re Invited to PyGotham in New York (September 16-17)

    By Gloria W. (Organizer, PyGotham)

    With 20+ years experience in embedded systems and app design and development, I am organizing a NYC-based Python conference this September 16-17.

    While inviting speakers, I realized that if I truly want diversity in this conference, I need to invite speakers from many areas of tech, not just from the Python community. This has led to a really interesting line-up of invited speakers and topics, while still maintaining a Py-centric core. I invite the Women 2.0 community to attend PyGotham (September 16-17th, 2011 in New York).

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    by Angie Chang

    Technical Learning Styles For Shy, Practical People

    By Sumana Harihareswara (Contributing Writer, Geek Feminism)

    I just ran across Karen Rustad’s “How to teach programming: shy, practical people edition”.

    She cared more about making practical things than about what she perceived as “coding,” so her early technical life centered on HyperCard and making webpages, rather than boring faffing about with “mathematical curiosities.” Finally she came across a project she wanted to help, and scratching that itch meant learning more programming:

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    by Angie Chang

    PyLadies Meetups Expanding to Seattle, Sydney and Wellington

    By Audrey Roy (Co-Founder, Cartwheel Web)

    PyLadies is a worldwide community of ladies and supporting gentlemen who use the Python programming language.

    We are putting together an open-source PyLadies kit to help Pythonistas in various cities start their own local chapters. We’ll be putting the contents up on Read the Docs (rtfd.org) shortly. I would like to help interested Python developers start PyLadies chapters in other cities, starting in Seattle, Sydney and Wellington.

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    by Angie Chang

    Toronto: Mobilizing Ladies Learning to Code Python

    By Heather Payne and Melissa Crni&#263 (Organizers, Toronto Ladies Learning to Code)

    Serious question here. Where are all the female programmers? Despite efforts over the past few years to increase the number of women in tech, the percentage of female Computer Science graduates is dropping. Of developers involved in open source projects, only 1.5% are women. The overall percentage of women in IT careers is down. The actions taken to level the playing field clearly aren’t working, unfortunately.

    Luckily, we discovered a new strategy for getting women into coding, and success stories are quickly accumulating.

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    by Angie Chang

    Roundup: Python Outreach Workshops for Women

    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.

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    by Angie Chang

    PyLadies Python Hackathon in Los Angeles on June 18

    By Audrey Roy (Co-Founder, Cartwheel Web)

    After a hugely successful Beginner’s Python Workshop in May, the PyLadies were inspired to keep the momentum going for those excited about learning Python and becoming a part of the local dev community.

    Last week, the PyLadies hosted a social gathering of lady Python developers in glamorous downtown LA. Next Saturday, the PyLadies will hold the first of several hackathons to take place all through the summer.

    For the June 18th hackathon, attendees can continue to go through the tutorials from the workshop, but are also encouraged to bring their own ideas to work on, or to collaborate with others on open-source projects.

    The event will conclude with more of the ever-popular PyLadies lightning talks – and, of course, a social hour.

    Border Stylo, who most recently released the Retrollect iPhone app, has generously donated the use of their cozy, hacker-friendly office in Hollywood for the June 18th event. The Python Software Foundation is also sponsoring the hackathon, in a show of their enthusiastic support of the PyLadies’ efforts to increase the diversity of the Python community.

    Tickets are still available at http://pyladies-hackathon.eventbrite.com/.

    Questions should be directed to [email protected].

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    by Angie Chang

    Intro to Python Web Programming in Los Angeles

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Pasadena, CA — Come and learn the Python programming language on Sunday, May 15 in Los Angeles. The Intro to Python Workshop will be taught by Audrey Roy and Katharine Jarmul, and assisted by Christine Cheung, Esther Nam, Jessica Stanton, Sandy Strong, and Sophia Viklund. The PyLadies are a group of women in Los Angeles who use and love the Python programming language — and on track to increase the percentage of females in the Los Angeles Python community to 50%.

    Never tried programming before? Not sure if you’ll fit in? Don’t worry. Intro to Python Workshop on May 15 in Pasadena is designed to be friendly to absolute beginners. Now, meet the PyLadies!