Django Girls in Ghana
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Django Girls is a global, non-profit organization that helps women get involved with technology and teaches them about programming. It's an educational initiative that aims to introduce women who are new to programming to the world of technology, and increase the diversity.
The first Django Girls workshop, which kicked off Django Girls, happened during EuroPython 2014 and has already held more than 560 events events in 83 countries around the world, attended by more than 12,500 women including Ghana. Django Girls aims to inspire women to fall in love with programming and create amazing first experiences with technology. It does this by helping to organize a free one-day programming workshops for women, providing tools, resources including open sourced online tutorials, and support.
The first Django Girls event in Ghana was organized by HapaSpace in Kumasi on the 22nd of April 2017. From then on, other Django Girls events were held at different regions around the country, (Accra, Ho, Koforidua, Tarkwa) and more are on schedule to follow this year. Over 150 women have attended the event around the country.
Django Girls event is a one-day workshop with an installation party the evening before or remotely via Google Hangout/Skype. During the whole day participants work in small groups (3 attendees + 1 coach) and go through the tutorial to successfully create a blog application and deploy it to the internet. The philosophy of Django Girls events is that everyone can take part and every attendee's experience matters. With the aim of welcoming all, the workshop does not require any background in programming and the tutorials are designed to be easily accessible.
Django Girls events are always non-profit and free for participants. Coaches, speakers or organizers are volunteers. Attendees don't need any previous knowledge about programming and there is no age limitation. All the attendees need is a laptop and some curiosity.
Python Ghana is passionate about such event which seeks to increase diversity around the country, hence the formation of PyLadies Ghana. PyLadies Ghana are delighted to collaborate with Django Girls events around the country to help open up new opportunities for women, build and expand communities, and boost diversity in the programming world.
Interested in organizing a Django Girls event in your vicinity? you can apply for one HERE.
If you’d need any form of assistance, please feel free to contact us, or the Python User Group in your vicinity if any.
Previous Events and their Organizers
Django Girls Kumasi - hapaSpace with support of Hapa Foundations.
Django Girls Accra - Opetunde Adepoju, Elizabeth Kolade with support from Tessie Waithaira.
Django Girls Ho - Noah Alorwu, Happy Agbetsiafa and Hope Adoli with the support from Caroline Anani.
Django Girls Koforidua - Aaron Yankey with the support of Mannie William Young, Noah Alorwu and Michael A Young.
Django Girls Tarkwa - Noah Alorwu, Happy Agbetsiafa and Martin Workey.
Some Coaches who volunteered in the Past events, Medaase!!
Andrew Smith, Anthony Mensah Addae, Bubunyo Nyavor, Jeffery Godwyll, Bilesanmi Ahmad, Ezichi Ebere, Gerald Pharin, Hope Adoli, Jacob Mensah Zigli, Joel John Otchere-Baffour, Joey Daniel Darko, Mannie W. Young, Mesrenyame Dogbe, Noah Alorwu, Nyaledzigbor Mensah Emmanuel, Rexford Nkansah, Samuel Arku-Kelly, Samuel Baafi Boakye, Saviour Gidi, Kafui Alordo, Tenu Michael Sedinam Korku, Winfred Gyan
(NB. Name Records taken from past events website)
Flickr Photos of some Django Girls Events held in 2017,