|Over a hundred people at the first Rails Girls Ljubljana workshop! Photo by: Katarina Jazbec|
The doubts and worries dissipate once I see all those smiling faces. Once I see the coaches interacting with the girls. Patiently answering all questions, making sure everything is installed successfully and ready to go for the workshop. You can feel the excitement and positive energy in the air!
3,2,1... in gremooooo, punce! twitter.com/RailsGirls_LJ/…
— RailsGirls Ljubljana (@RailsGirls_LJ) December 14, 2012
The next day, Saturday, December 15, I wake up an hour before the alarm goes off. My mind keeps running through the to-dos, making last minute plans. The nervousness has already been replaced by excitement. Fueled by the positive energy of the day before, I can't wait to welcome the participants in the morning. A lot of them arrive early, also eager to start and get the first dose of coffee.
After breakfast we start by welcoming everybody, but I try to keep the intro short. I can't wait to hear our motivational talks by two great girl geeks. Mateja tells them about how programming will probably make them feel like Alice in Wonderland, but also highlights the thrill of programming, the joy of creating something on your own out of code. Dunja then takes over to remind us of the rich history of women in programming.
|Hana making sure our motivational talks get recorded! Photo by: Katarina Jazbec|
|Explaining objects and methods with a lot of waving around :) Photo by: Katarina Jazbec|
|Making sense of the technical mambo jumbo during the Bento Box exercise. Photo by: Katarina Jazbec|
|One of the rooms, full of girls and coaches. Photo by: Katarina Jazbec|
Food obviously makes us all a bit sleepy, so we guide everyone outside for a good dose of fresh air, a quick stretch and we finally do our #FridayHug group shot. There are so many of us we hardly fit into a single frame!
|Building a wep app. Photo by: Katarina Jazbec|
"After I get some sleep," I smile. There is no other choice. Rails Girls will happen again in Ljubljana, probably in other cities in Slovenia as well. Girls want to code, coaches (boys and girls!) are eager to help them out. We still don't know exactly how and when, but we have to do this again. For all those girls (over 500 of them) who couldn't be with us this time, for all those girls who haven't even heard of us yet or maybe who didn't dare to fill in the signup form. We will be back.
|Happy Rails Girls and coaches! Photo by: Katarina Jazbec|
|Lots of love and positive energy! Photo by: Katarina Jazbec|
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