Teaching Rails and Embracing Fails

Teaching Rails and Embracing Fails

## About the talk

RailsBridge is an international non-profit organisation that provides free Ruby on Rails workshops for women and their friends. In July 2013, after a lot of emails and Skype calls, a handful of Cape Town developers got together and started running regular RailsBridge workshops, creating a fork of the open source documentation and materials.

This talk discusses our journey over the past year and some bits. It covers how we've used agile principles and how we try and embrace continuous improvement. It'll also cover what's in the curriculum, the fun we've had with pushes and pulls, and answer the big question: "Should everybody learn to code?". Improvements and Pull Requests are always welcome, and hopefully at least one will come from you. Yes, *you*.

You will get a sticker at the end of the talk.

## About Steve

Steve is a Londoner who escaped to Cape Town in 2004. He has a background in maths and finance, but these days does Front-end dev and User Experience stuff at Praekelt. He became interested in RailsBridge workshops after hearing about them at Rubyfuza a few year ago.

He’s a bit addicted to meetups: you can find him helping out with RailsBridge Cape Town, Cape Town Front-End Developers, and SPIN. Or possibly crouched in an awkward position in front of something funny-looking, taking pictures of it.


Steve Barnett

March 11, 2015