Django Girls arrives in Bristol to continue making programming more inclusive

Free coding and programming course hosted by Wazoku looks to deliver an inspiring first experience with technology

Have you ever thought of getting into programming? It’s not a nerdy thing. By the way, Django Girls Bristol workshop aims to make women and non-binary people fall in love with programming.

For the record, Django Girls is a non-profit organisation that runs free Python and Django workshops worldwide. It has staged 971 events in 101 different countries, helping more than 21,000 women to build their first web application using HTML, CSS, Python or Django.

If you want to start, note that the acclaimed Django Girls programming workshop is coming to Bristol. They are coming with a free virtual training day on 29 April, between 9:00 and 6:00.  The aim is to provide women and non-binary people with an inspiring first experience with programming.

Who can come? Attendees need no prior knowledge of coding or programming and will work through tutorials in small groups with a coach. Participants require only a laptop, a good internet connection and an enthusiasm to learn about programming. That’s all. 

Create vocation 

The workshop will be run by Eshwari Chandrashekhar, a volunteer and Director of Software Engineering at innovation scale-up Wazoku, whose Bristol office is on Orchard Street. Eshwari has spent most of her career as a programmer and engineer and is passionate about engaging more women to work in technology.

As Director of Software Engineering, Eshwari has overall responsibility for developing Wazoku’s platform and is keen to encourage other women to consider technology as a career. “I’m delighted and proud to be teaching the Bristol workshop. It’s been hugely rewarding for me to work in tech, and I want to inspire others to do the same,” she said. 

She also reminds us of the importance of attracting vocations to create a more inclusive environment. “When hiring developers we have been known to get 100 CVs, and just one of those will be from a woman. I want to reach and teach people and see this as a great way of getting the female development community to grow.”

Anyone interested in attending Django Girls Bristol can register here. There is a real-life drinks event at 6:00 pm on 29 April for those in Bristol.

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