Why are we doing this?
Our goal is to increase Python community diversity through programming outreach events. Basic programming skills are so empowering and useful that we think everyone should have them.
Most directly, with every workshop we get to introduce 30 or 40 women and their friends to programming in Python. We also strive to:
- Show new programmers and the Boston Python community examples of smart, confident, capable programmers of all backgrounds.
- Bring new, awesome, diverse people into local Python programming communities through diversity and outreach events.
- Inspire other people to run their own introductory workshops and outreach events, and to get more user groups thinking about diversity and outreach.
The 1st Indianapolis Python Workshop will run in April, 2012 at the Wyndam Indianapolis West Hotel alongside Indiana LinuxFest. We're working on setting up a mailing list so you can sign up to receive our event announcements - but in the meantime, please contact Mel with any questions!
Past events and history
- join us on the OpenHatch events list, where this and other workshops meet to share and plan outreach events.
- Say hello in #openhatch on Freenode.
- Follow us on Twitter and Identi.ca.
The workshop is being taught by Catherine Devlin and Mel Chua, two female open source geeks with a passion for teaching, a love of Python, and a vision of the powerful impact open source could have with a larger and more diverse community of contributors.
We're grateful to IndyPy for having us in their hometown, to Boston Python Workshop organizers Jessica McKellar, Asheesh Laroia, and Ned Batchelder for their mentorship and support, and the event simply wouldn't be happening without the backing and logistical support of Indiana LinuxFest organizers, especially Matt Williams and Michael Schultheiss.
We're always looking for help in organizing and teaching Python workshops across the Midwest - if you're interested, join our mailing list and introduce yourself. We'd love to have you!