Story of organizing and managing Django Girls Pokhara Event to help few people learn to code!
Last month Tara Gurung called me to discuss about Django Girls event. He had already talked to me about organizing event to help total newbies to learn code. After few discussions, we concluded the talk searching for platform to conduct event.
Django Girls is a non-profit organization that empowers and helps women to organize free, one-day programming workshops by providing tools, resources and support. It was born in July 2014 in Berlin and started by two Polish girls: Ola Sitarska and Ola Sendecka.
Source: Django Girls
Going through the Django Girls website, their mission statements I was convinced to do the event here in Pokhara. We were trying to help people without expecting any monetary benefits. Anyone else could have started programming classes and asked for hefty fees to the participants. That’s not what we wanted to do.
Being a small city in South Asian Himalayan Country Nepal, we expected not more than 20 participants. Participants had to bring laptop + chargers on their own and everything else would be handled by us during the event.
Each Django Girls event is a free, one-day workshop for 30-60 people about building your first application using HTML, CSS, Python and Django.
For managing the accommodation and fooding for one-day workshop we got help from LearningHouse – Cafe + Learning Institute run by Michelle.
We had already accepted and rejected number of applications online. On the event day, only 8 people showed up despite the high number of registrations. Event was started around 10 AM Nepali Time and ended around 6 PM. In between, a team of 3 coaches taught 8 total newbie to learn to code and make a simple blog app using Django Python framework.
Some Clips from the event:
In this one-day [free] workshop, participants worked with coaches to learn how to code and build a website. Thanks to…
Posted by Learning House on Friday, September 25, 2015
As a organizer, I would like to thank Django Girls organization, Michelle and all the participants for the active support.