Last weekend, I had the privilege to participate in the Rails Girls Washington DC conference. Rails Girls' mission is to give women tools to build their ideas. As a majority women owned business, CodeSherpas has always been supportive of increasing diversity in the tech. We believe new perspectives and new ideas bring new and expanded opportunities. I'm happy to report that this event was a huge success. It was a gathering of bright and talented women who had wonderful ideas and lots of motivation. I mean, they were even willing to give up most of their weekend. Now that's what I call motivation! Most of the attendees had little or no prior web development experience, yet I was so impressed with how fast everyone was able to build a functional rails app and even applying a nice look and feel thanks to Bootstrap. A few attendees who did have prior development experience were able to go even faster, and I saw one person who even got so far as deploying her app to heroku. Even as a long time Rails devloper, I have to say that's not bad for a day's work!
To all the attendees, I applaud you. I know great things will come and hope this event will take you to the next level. A special thanks to organizers Liz Steininger and Brigitta Norton, I know how much work goes into an event like this, and your efforts made it smooth sailing for everyone.