Have you heard of the Django Girls? It’s an organization that promotes programming among women and brings together chicks that want to learn coding. They recently visited our company. I don’t think our office has ever seen such a female invasion! Have a look at what happened.

Thanks to Quentin Tarantino we immediately associate the name Django with the film. The director did not invent it himself, he was inspired by the spaghetti westerns popular in the 1970s. The name comes from the Romani language, and means awakening, and one of the most famous people so named was jazz musician Django Reinhardt, after whom the Django framework was named.

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There would be nothing special about this, if it were not for the fact that the name in both cases became a symbol of emancipation. Django Reinhardt was of Roma origin, and despite enormous obstacles created a great career. Quentin Tarantino’s Django is a black slave fighting for his dignity. The Django framework is used by the Django Girls – an organization promoting programming among women.

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Since 2014 the Django Girls have been organizing meetings during which women in groups from 30 to 60 participants learn how to develop applications using HTML, CSS, Python and, of course, Django tools. As you can read on the Django Girls website, the organization consists of an army of 381 volunteers, thanks to whom 189 events in 114 cities and 60 countries have been organized so far. On April 9 this year PIXERS had the pleasure to be part of this prestigious group.

We’ve already hosted PHPers and Wrocław Symfony Group, at PIXERS, but this time the invitation was addressed to women only. There were 192 applicants for 32 available places, which means 6 applicants per place so, contrary to stereotypes, it proves that the interest in programming is significant among women. - All the participants showed up, which proves their great determination and responsibility. Django Girls workshops are becoming more recognizable throughout the world – concludes Justyna Sacha Gawlik.

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Anna Warzecha, Justyna Sacha Gawlik and Martyna Białek

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Preparations for the workshops already began on Friday evening, with, the so called, installation party, during which the software required for Saturday’s task was installed on all the participants’ computers. The workshop began with a hearty breakfast, so that our guests don’t run out of energy for work. Each participant was given a task, and the mentors helped them carry it out. – We are lucky in that these workshops attract wonderful people, we have patient mentors and knowledge-hungry participants, so each workshop continually surprises me with their enthusiasm for work. People spend their Saturdays in getting together with us to do a little programming. This is great! – says Agata Grdal one of the organizers of the meeting.

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– We are lucky in that these workshops attract wonderful people, we have patient mentors and knowledge-hungry participants, so each workshop continually surprises me with their enthusiasm for work. People spend their Saturdays in getting together with us to do a little programming. You have to have the motivation to spend the entire Saturday from dawn to dusk sitting and looking at the monitor, this applies to both participants and mentors who have devoted their time to share their knowledge. Everybody turned up, and no one withdrew from participation. The course program was completed by each team, regardless of level of experience. Consequently, we look forward to the next edition, which we will hopefully also hold at PIXERS – says Martyna Białek Software tester at PIXERS.

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You can read how to overcome problems and get started with coding as explained by the organizers of DjangoGirls Wroclaw # 3 – Anna Warzecha, Justyna Sacha Gawlik, Agata Grdal and Martyna Bialek in our publication on Medium