Kia ora! RailsBridge is a free weekend workshop for underrepresented peoples looking to get a taste of tech. We provide a warm and encouraging environment as we run you through tutorials and activities about coding in Ruby, Rails, and whatever else might catch your eye.
Who is this for?
This is primarily for women and non-binary peoples who are beginners to coding and want to try it out and see what it’s all about. We welcome Māori and Pasifika, those in LGBTQIA+ communities, and any who are underrepresented in tech. We’re here to support YOU!
The venue is wheelchair accessible. If you require a sign language interpreter, child care or the like, we'd be happy to accommodate you :)
RailsBridge is open to people of all ages, but if you are 13 or under you must attend with a guardian.
How must does it cost?
Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, nothing! It's free! Just show up with a laptop and enthusiasm to learn! We can also help with public transport costs if you need, too.
Can men attend?
Yes, but women, non-binary folk, people of colour and other underrepresented groups will be given priority.
Do you have a Code of Conduct?
Yes - here is the Code of Conduct. We expect all attendees, coaches, sponsor representatives, volunteers and organisers to behave respectfully so everyone has a great time. If you run into any issues, don't hesitate to contact any one of the organisers.
I can program! May I help?
Yes! We're also looking for coaches to help out with teaching and sharing the passion for coding.
I want to get my company involved! How do I do that?
RailsBridge is made possible from sponsorships so that would be fantastic! Send whoever's in charge of sponsorship decisions this PDF outlining our sponsorship tiers and get in touch with us to sort it out.
This event is is run by volunteers and would not be possible without our sponsors' generous donations! Thanks to our wonderful 2018 sponsors (many of which are hiring, hint hint!)
Feel free to contact any of us if you have questions, concerns, or just wanna chat! <3
Lena Plaksina 🐦
Lena is a learning enthusiast, Rubyist, and Wellington Railsn00bs meetup facilitator. In her spare time, she likes watching movies, collecting enamel pins, and making video calls with the family cat.
Libby Schumacher-Knight 🐦
Libby is a career changer that came into software developer at a mature age. She loves helping others discover the joys of creating and making in tech. Outside of tech she gets her buzz from surfing and hanging with people.
Rachel Collingridge 🐦
Serena Chen 🐦
Serena is a physicist/mathematician turned product designer who is passionate about building supportive and rewarding communities in tech. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with friends.
I recognise this bunch!
You might remember us as the organising crew from previous Rails Girls Wellingtons. We're still making the same, inclusive, supportive event — now even more so! Here's an explanation for why we changed the name.