Resource Round Up 29/03/2013

Resource Round Up 29/03/2013


Open Tech School

“OpenTechSchool is a community initiative offering free programming workshops and meetups to technology enthusiasts of all genders, backgrounds, and experience levels.”

OpenTechSchool is currently running in Berlin, Stockholm, and Melbourne:

Rails Girls

Rails Girls is a not-for-profit that runs weekend Ruby workshops. Their aim is to “open up technology and make it more approachable for girls and women.”

View a slideshow about the Rails Girls philosophy here:

Upcoming events in:

  • Basel, Switzerland
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Lima, Perú
  • Krakow, Poland
  • London, UK
  • Campina Grande, Brazil
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Maribor, Slovenia
  • The Hague, Netherlands

More Rails Girls events information can be found here:

If you have never tried using Ruby and would like to give it a go, they have a list of resources here:

Good reads:

How Etsy Attracted 500 Percent More Female Engineers

Anya Kamenetz writes about how Etsy turned around from being a ‘dude-fest’ to a company well-known for its diverse and supportive community. They quickly learned that the process was more complicated than simply hiring more female engineers. Instead of poaching their rockstar engineers, Etsy decided to grow them from the ground up.

Hello World! A documentary series on open creative programming languages

This documentary explores the role of ideas such as process, experimentation and algorithm in open programming languages. The documentary illustrates its ideas with projects that include large interactive installations, interaction design, and visuals for clubs.

The first documentary in the series is available now, and features the open source programming language and environment Processing. Other episodes will cover topics such as algorithm execution, and physics.

The documentary is engaging and beautifully put together. It is well worth watching, even if you are not a hard-core coder or open source nerd.

#playas1: Creating engaging female characters “shouldn’t be such an issue”

Ann Lemay, a writer on Mass Effect, describes her experience with writing the character Nyreen Kandros.

“Creating diverse and engaging female characters—or any character that isn’t both white and male—should not be such an issue. If we can move beyond the resistance to such characters in our games, both as non-player characters and as main protagonists, I honestly believe that we’ll end up with richer narratives and a broader audience, and the industry ends up with a bigger and more interesting playground.”

Changing the Ratio: Why Should You Care?

Rachel Sklar is a writer, social entrepeneur, and the founder of Change The Ratio (, a movement which seeks to increase visibility and opportunity for women in tech and new media.

This is her Harvard Kennedy School talk on Change The Ratio.