This month Eldarion sponsored the Django Girls Cologne workshop, which took place on November 28th.

Django Girls is a non-profit organization which organizes free one day workshops to teach women programming with Python and Django. The organization’s goal is to bring more women into the world of technology by showing them that building web applications is a lot of fun, and to spark their interest for programming.

41 women between the ages of 13 and 55 from all over Germany attended the Django Girls Cologne workshop. They were supported by 15 coaches, who guided them through the Django Girls tutorial, helped them fix bugs, and answered any questions they had. The goal of the day was to build a blog.

The workshop took place at a coworking space in the heart of Cologne with a view of the Cologne Cathedral and Christmas market. As a little surprise the Cologne city library provided a 3D printer for the day, which printed little Django Girls heart keychains. Our community manager, Anna Ossowski, who is an alumni of the very first Django Girls workshop which took place in Berlin in July 2014, and former Django Girls workshop organizer, was a meta coach at the workshop and presented a lightning talk about the Pinax project and PyLadies Remote which was very well-received. The atmosphere was very welcoming, everyone was exceptionally motivated and eager to learn.

Please see the photos below for a few impressions of the Django Girls Cologne workshop and check the Hashtag #djangogirlscgn on Twitter for tweets by participants, coaches, and organizers.

Eldarion is happy and proud to have been a sponsor of this wonderful workshop. We believe that supporting women in technology is an important cause. If you would like to support Django Girls consider sponsoring one of their workshops or donating to their Patreon. Organizing a workshop in your city or coaching at a workshop close to you are also great ways to get involved. For more information, please see the Django Girls website or feel free to email Anna Ossowski.