Events

Past Events

Here are some events that we've been involved with in the past:

  • May 31

    Talk: Defining Your User Experience

    May 31, 2013 • SoCal UX Camp, Fullerton • Learn more

    As professionals, we’re often focused on the user experiences we create for our clients, but have you taken the time to do for yourself what you do for others? Have you defined the user experience of working with you?

    In this talk, I’ll cover how important it is to define your own user experience, how to put yourself in your clients’ shoes and think about all the little things that can make you stellar to work with.

  • Jul 26

    Talk: Setting up your WordPress site: Six stories of joy and despair

    July 26, 2013 • WordCamp San Francisco, CA • Learn more

    So often, we think the first steps in setting up a new WordPress site are to install WordPress, choose a theme, and start writing. But the secret first step to a successful site is planning. When you’ve mapped out the crucial 5 W’s and 1 H, you can focus on what’s important, avoid procrastination, and dodge mistakes that can be hard to recover from later on. Learn how to get it right the first time by witnessing six examples of total wins and epic fails.

  • Sep 21

    WordCamp Los Angeles

    September 21, 2013 • Cal State University, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    WordCamp Los Angeles is a weekend full of WordPress presentations, speakers, social events, and workshops. If you use WordPress, then you should attend. No matter what level you are or what you do, there’s bound to be something for you.

  • Oct 13

    Website Weekend Los Angeles

    October 13, 2013 • Kleverdog Coworking, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Website Weekend brings together teams of professionals to build websites for nonprofit organizations during a weekend-long hackathon. We have team members who specialize in training, development, design, content strategy, photography, illustration and more who will all pitch in to produce effective and eye-catching websites.

  • Feb 18

    Workshop: Introduction to HTML and CSS

    February 18, 2014 • Zynx Health, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    The first class with Girl Develop It Los Angeles! In four total sessions, we’ll cover a basic introduction to HTML, an introduction to CSS, and some tips for creating layouts. Students will follow along to create a basic portfolio page.

  • Apr 2

    Talk: Setting up a WordPress site the right way

    April 2, 2014 • Ventura Meetup Group, Ventura, CA • Learn more

    Presented to the Ventura County WordPress Meetup group.

    I see a lot of people “start” their WordPress site by spending hours, days, or even months combing through themes and having nothing to show for all the time they have put into their sites. Let’s look at setting up a WordPress site from scratch the right way–focusing on getting the content and audience right first, then worrying about the look and feel. With this approach, you’ll be more productive and will be able to get sites up and running in a fraction of the time and you’ll spend less time in the theme search phase.

  • Apr 8

    Talk: What you should know to create an effective website

    April 8, 2014 • GroundUP Business Meetup, Pasadena, CA • Learn more

    Presented to the GroundUP Business Meetup group.

    You know that you should have a website for your small business, but it’s so hard to know where to get started – should you hire someone to build it for you or try and tackle it yourself? How much should you budget? How do you find someone to hire? Which tools are the best to use?

    In this session, you’ll get all the information you need to make informed decisions and get started on the path to having a successful small business website – whether or not you should do it yourself, how to figure out which type of website you need, which tools are ideal, what to expect during the process, important things to consider, how to properly plan the site, how to go about hiring someone to help, and how to successfully work within any budget, even if your budget is no budget at all.

  • Apr 12

    Workshop: Build a WordPress Theme from Scratch

    April 12, 2014 • General Assembly, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Natalie MacLees will be teaching this workshop that will step students through creating a custom WordPress theme from scratch. We’ll cover useful tools and the WordPress theme file structure. You’ll learn how to include support for localization, custom menus, custom header images, post formats, basic theme options, and more.

  • May 13

    Talk: Creating an effective and affordable website

    May 13, 2014 • GroundUP Business Meetup Group, Pasadena, CA • Learn more

    As a business owner, you know how important your online presence is and how helpful a website can be in helping to promote your business. But what do you do if you don’t have the funds to hire someone to build a professional, custom website?

    In this session, you’ll see how to put together a basic business website step by step. You’ll learn how to organize your content, add pages, set up a blog, include images and more. You’ll learn how not to get locked into ‘walled gardens’ so that you’re always free to expand your website, add new features, or redesign as your business grows without having to start over from scratch.

  • Jul 8

    Workshop: Getting Started with WordPress

    July 8, 2014 • General Assembly, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    WordPress is the premier content management system for those seeking an easy, user-friendly way to set up and maintain a website. In this class, you’ll walk through the basics of getting your site live quickly and discover various free templates as well as premium resources that require little to no coding skills and will have your site looking polished and professional. Once your site has gone live, you’ll learn how to update and maintain it using the WordPress dashboard, as well as common problems and pitfalls to avoid. Plus you’ll find out how to customize your site to get the exact look you’re going for.

  • Sep 5

    WordCamp Los Angeles 2014

    September 5, 2014 • California State University, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    WordCamp Los Angeles is a weekend full of WordPress presentations, speakers, social events, and workshops. If you use WordPress, then you should attend. No matter what level you are or what you do, there’s bound to be something for you.

  • Nov 8

    Talk: Writing Maintainable and Reusable JavaScript

    November 8, 2014 • WordCamp Ventura, Ventura, CA • Learn more

    It’s really easy for JavaScript files in a theme or plugin to quickly become a big, hairy mess. So let’s take a look at how to structure JavaScript code in a way that makes it easier to read and understand, easier to maintain, and prevents pollution of the global namespace. We’ll cover modular JavaScript structure and writing plugins.

  • Jan 31

    Workshop: Getting Started with Conference Speaking

    January 31, 2015 • TechJobs LA, Santa Monica, CA • Learn more

    You might think that you need to have expert-level knowledge of development in order to speak at a tech conference, but we all have something worthwhile to share. In this talk, I’ll walk you through discovering ideal topics, pitching to conferences, researching and putting together your talk, and tips for presenting from the stage like a pro.

  • Jan 31

    Workshop: Responsive Design Process for Designers and Developers

    January 31, 2015 • TechJobs LA, Santa Monica, CA • Learn more

    Before responsive design, the relationship between designers and developers was pretty defined. Designers turned over full-page PSD layouts of pages and developers built them as faithfully as possible.

    But now responsive design has turned that process on it’s ear. In this workshop, we’ll take a look at some new tools and processes designers and developers can use to work together to create designs that look great on any screen.

  • Mar 28

    Talk: Designing for Responsive

    March 28, 2015 • WordCamp San Diego, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA • Learn more

    Responsive design is about a lot more than screen size. It’s about approaching your projects with an entirely different mindset and a whole new design process. In this talk, we’ll cover a variety of tools and techniques for optimizing your responsive workflow and talk about some best practices for accommodating as many devices as possible.

  • Jun 6

    Talk: Blurred Lines

    June 6, 2015 • WordCamp Orange County, Costa Mesa, CA • Learn more

    Responsive design is so much more than a flexible grid and a few media queries. A responsive web site project requires a whole new approach to the way we think about web sites – and involves a serious blurring of the boundaries between design and development. In this talk, I’ll cover some new workflows and how designers and developers can better collaborate in a responsive world.

  • Jul 17

    Talk: Make Your Move: You Can Give a Killer Tech Talk

    July 17, 2015 • LA Uncubed, Santa Monica, CA • Learn more

    Speaking at conferences is a great way to boost your resume, establish yourself as a thought leader, and show people that you really know your stuff. But it can be scary and overwhelming to get started. I’ll step you through coming up with ideas, submitting your talk, prepping your presentation, and looking like a pro on stage.

     

  • Aug 8

    Workshop: Responsive Design 102: Making sites responsive

    August 8, 2015 • Rhubarb Studios, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Responsive design is awesome, but for practical reasons, we can’t always afford to re-build a website from scratch when we decide it’s time for a site to be responsive. In this workshop, we’ll take a look at techniques for taking existing fixed-width sites and making them responsive.

    This workshop will provide a basic understanding of responsive design, from concept to code, and give you the tools and resources for taking an existing site and making it a responsive one. We’ll cover media queries, design tools and best practices, and we’ll have some hands-on coding time for getting practice making it all work.

    What is Responsive Design?

    Web traffic from mobile devices like smart phones and tablets has surpassed traffic from laptop and desktop computers. That means most web users these days are accessing websites on the go from a variety of devices. Responsive Design is the art of coding one single website so it looks and works great no matter what device someone might be using to view it. It’s a hot and in-demand skill right now, so you’ll want to be sure to grab a seat for yourself in this workshop!

  • Aug 22

    Workshop: JavaScript 101

    August 22, 2015 • IndieDesk, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Javascript is one of the most in-demand skills in the tech industry. It can be thought of as an extension to HTML which allows developers to incorporate more functionality into their web pages (such as an expandable menu or animated slideshow).

    Many programming courses end up glossing over some of the tricky words — ‘variable’, ‘object’, ‘method’ — this course is especially designed for beginners new to programming concepts, so you’ll learn to program with JavaScript. If those words are confusing to you now, no worries! You’re exactly who we want to teach.

    In this class, we will be covering basic development elements, Javascript, and dynamic HTML. Students will exit this class with a good grasp of basic programming principles and the knowledge of how to manipulate HTML elements.

  • Sep 19

    C♀DE: Debugging the Gender Gap Premiere

    September 19, 2015 • Pershing Square, Los Angeles, LA • Learn more

    We are excited to announce a partnership with Ambulante California, a traveling community film festival dedicated to supporting and promoting documentary film as a tool for social and cultural change. One of the films included in the festival is CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, a documentary that explores issues of gender and race disparity in STEM fields.

    The film gives voice to women, people of color, and people of disenfranchised communities working behind the scenes in tech. CODE exposes the dearth of female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide. CODE asks: what would society gain from having more women and people of color code, and how do we get there?

    The Girl Develop It Community has been invited to participate in the premiere! Judging from the trailer, it’s a film worth seeing, so I hope that you’ll set aside your Saturday night plans to head downtown (handily just off the Red and Purple Lines) to show your support for the filmmakers and the festival.

    More information on the festival here: http://www.ambulanteusa.com/

    See you all there!

  • Sep 26

    WordCamp Los Angeles 2015

    September 26, 2015 • Cal State University, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    WordCamp Los Angeles is a casual, locally organized conference covering everything related to WordPress. WordCamps happen all around the world, and each camp has a unique flavor based on the local community.

    Our local community is AWESOME and our camp is, too. Stay tuned to this website for announcement on what’s happening, where, and with whom, but here’s a general idea of what you can expect.

  • Sep 10

    Introduction to jQuery

    September 10, 2016 • IndieDesk DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Meet jQuery, a small, cross-browser JavaScript library that makes adding interactivity, creating animations, and manipulating the DOM easier. jQuery is the most popular JavaScript library and has been used on some of the world’s most popular websites. It’s also included in some of the most popular CMS’s including WordPress and Drupal.

    We’ll cover the basics: traversing web pages to find and manipulate elements; creating new elements and adding them to your page; listening and reacting to events; creating animations and effects; and following best practices for using jQuery. We’ll have hands-on exercises throughout the workshop.

  • Sep 15

    September Mentoring Night (FREE)

    September 15, 2016 • Sabio.LA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Wanting to learn to write some code, but not sure where to start? Thinking about checking out some classes, but want to know what this whole Girl Develop It thing is about? Interested in meeting some fellow coding students and some professionals already working in the field?

    Then come on out to our mentoring night, nicely hosted by Sabio in the Valley. You’ll get a chance to meet other members, find out about our classes and our mission, and see what classes might be the best fit for you.

    And if you have to come straight from work, don’t worry! Sabio is nicely hosting dinner and drinks for us to kick off the event right! .

  • Sep 17

    TechJobs LA

    September 17, 2016 • Blank Spaces DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    The TechJobsLA Job Fair is your opportunity to meet and greet with companies and recruiters directly one to one. There will also be a selection of free and paid workshops to help intermediate and advanced designers and developers extend their skills. Hear first-hand where the job market is going and receive professional coaching advice targeted to your needs.

    Girl Develop It will have a booth at the event and will also be hosting a workshop! We will need 3 volunteers to help staff the booth. Volunteers will receive FREE access to the event! Since we will have several volunteer spots, you will still be able to go around and enjoy the event while also helping to spread the word about GDI. You can sign up as a volunteer on the GDI Site.

  • Sep 22

    GDI Mar Vista Study Group (FREE)

    September 22, 2016 • Coffee Connection, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning front-end web development – HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript/jQuery. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Sep 22

    TechDay LA

    September 22, 2016 • The Reef, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    TechDay LA is your opportunity to meet the entire Los Angeles startup community! Get to know 250 startups who are pushing the boundaries of innovation and changing the world as we know it. TechDay LA will gather 20 top accelerators, 250 startups, and 10,000 members of the tech community under one roof for a day of celebration! Use this as your opportunity to connect with startups, pitch your idea, or even find your next job. The best part is, it’s totally FREE to attend! So snag a ticket and tell your friends!

  • Sep 23

    GDI Santa Clarita Valley Study Group (FREE)

    September 23, 2016 • Starbucks, Santa Clarita, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning front-end web development – HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript/jQuery. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Sep 24

    User Experience (UX): Rapid Prototyping

    September 24, 2016 • Velvet Hammer, El Segundo, CA • Learn more

    Prototyping is a critical part of any design process.

    Whether you are trying to convince your manager about the need for a new feature, work through a design idea for a mobile application, or just figure out if something can even be built, today’s most effective teams prototype early and often.

    GDI’s Rapid Prototyping class is the right place to start if you would like to:

    • Improve design decision making within a team or company
    • Communicate ideas quickly to others
    • Gather feedback about a new product or service
    • Explore concepts and potential startup ideas

  • Sep 24

    Partner Event: Intro to Ruby Workshop & Dev Bootcamp Info Session

    September 24, 2016 • 8th Light - DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Breakfast and coffee will be served. The info session is 10am-11am.

    Thinking about switching careers and becoming a software developer? Interested in learning how to code? Want to learn more about immersive bootcamps?  Hear from members of our team & community to hear why they chose Dev Bootcamp, what they learn, and what they do after Dev Bootcamp.

    Dev Bootcamp teaches people of all backgrounds to code, putting a tech career within reach. Our responsive instructional model creates technical aptitude, along with the interpersonal skills that today’s employers demand. We immerse our students in the supportive learning community they need to accelerate and shape their careers.

  • Sep 28

    GDI Huntington Beach Study Group (FREE)

    September 28, 2016 • AoSA Project, Huntington Beach, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning to code. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first coding class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Oct 1

    Practice Project: Building a Website as a Team

    October 1, 2016 • IndieDesk DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Do you want to learn to put together a website starting from a design? Have you taken an HTML/CSS class or dabbled with HTML and CSS on your own? It’s time to apply your skills by building a webpage from start to finish!

    The best way to practice and build your HTML and CSS skills is by jumping in and just doing it from soup to nuts in a supportive environment where you can ask questions and get direction from your team members and TAs. Join us in a group setting and learn how to slice a design – i.e. create a site from a design file we will provide. The main purpose of this workshop is to provide you with assisted work time focused around a common, simulated but realistic project to reinforce and build your skills. You will learn the process of breaking down a mockup, the best practices in getting started, and you will gain experience constructing the main elements of a web page. Experienced TAs will be there to get you started and help you out along every step of the way.

  • Oct 8

    Web Concepts 101 – Great First Class!

    October 8, 2016 • 8th Light - DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Want to learn how to code, but not sure where to start? Tired of techies throwing around acronyms that make your head spin?

    If you are a complete beginner to coding and/or want to learn how to communicate better with your technical team and friends, this workshop is for you. This class is also great for UX professionals, project managers, small business owners, designers, and anyone who wants to understand how the web works.

  • Oct 9

    Code ‘n Coffee

    October 9, 2016 • Shaky Alibi, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join us for our Code & Coffee! Whether you’re looking to keep practicing what you learned in your last class or are in the midst of a project, your community is here to help!

    This will be an informal event where members can meet each other and collaborate. TAs will be there to help troubleshoot and brainstorm ideas with you!

    Have a project idea and some skills, but haven’t attended a GDI event yet? Want to focus on helping others with their projects? You’re welcome too!

    This is also a great event for first time attendees who just want to socialize. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us. 🙂

  • Oct 12

    October Mentoring Night (FREE)

    October 12, 2016 • Sony Playstation, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Wanting to learn to write some code, but not sure where to start? Thinking about checking out some classes, but want to know what this whole Girl Develop It thing is about? Interested in meeting some fellow coding students and some professionals already working in the field?

    Then come on out to our mentoring night, nicely hosted by Sony Playstation in Culver City. You’ll get a chance to meet other members, find out about our classes and our mission, and see what classes might be the best fit for you.

  • Oct 12

    GDI Huntington Beach Study Group (FREE)

    October 12, 2016 • AoSA Project, Huntington Beach, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning to code. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first coding class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Oct 15

    GDI Fullerton Study Group (FREE)

    October 15, 2016 • Pro Desk Space, Fullerton, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning front-end web development – HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript/jQuery. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Oct 15

    Introduction to Programming Concepts and Command Line

    October 15, 2016 • Opodz, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Are you interested in learning the basics of how computers operate and how code works?  Have you ever taken a programming class and given up because the concepts were too hard to grasp? Or have you stayed away from programming all together, because you’re worried that’s what will happen? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then this class is for you!

    In this special two-for-one workshop, we’ll explore the basic concepts that underlie all programming languages, and we’ll also learn the very basics of using the command line, a fundamental skill that will improve your technical literacy in general and will also help you later on with any programming languages you learn!

    This class is now a prerequisite for Girl Develop It’s upcoming Intro to Git and GitHub class, so if you’re interested in that one, this is where you should start!

  • Oct 18

    GDI Santa Monica UX Study Group (FREE)

    October 18, 2016 • Le Pain Quotidien, Santa Monica, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning User Experience and UI Design. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first UX class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Oct 20

    GDI Mar Vista Study Group (FREE)

    October 20, 2016 • Coffee Connection, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning front-end web development – HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript/jQuery. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Oct 21

    Software Craftsmanship North America (SCNA) Conference

    October 21, 2016 • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    8th Light is hosting their 7th annual Software Craftsmanship North America conference in Los Angeles on Friday, October 21st!

    For the second year in a row, they are partnering with University of Southern California to provide a full day of informative and inspirational talks by key figures in the software craftsmanship movement. This conference will allow you to make connections with like-minded software developers, and enjoy a full day packed with inspiring and informative presentations by some of the world’s most influential software professionals. The keynote speaker is Michael Feathers, and the rest of the day will feature talks by Uncle Bob Martin, Justin Searls, Audrey Troutt, and more!

  • Oct 22

    Website Weekend Hackathon

    October 22, 2016 • OpenX, Pasadena, CA • Learn more

    Website Weekend LA is an event that brings together passionate digital professionals with awesome non-profit organizations. They partner to build wonderful and dynamic new websites over the course of a weekend.

    It’s not just about building websites, it’s about building platforms that help non-profits help their communities and spread their message to a wider audience.

  • Oct 26

    GDI Huntington Beach Study Group (FREE)

    October 26, 2016 • AoSA Project, Huntington Beach, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning to code. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first coding class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Oct 27

    Free partner event: Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Viewing Party

    October 27, 2016 • Disney Synergy Lab, Glendale, CA • Learn more

    The Anita Borg Institute Los Angeles community is hosting a GHC viewing party sponsored by Disney at the Disney Synergy Lab. Come watch the Grace Hopper Keynote Presentation and connect with other local women technologists.

    This is a perfect opportunity to share in the excitement of GHC and connect with other women in computing in your area!

  • Oct 29

    Introduction to JavaScript — JavaScript Weekend, Saturday and Sunday!

    October 29, 2016 • Idealab, Pasadena, CA • Learn more

    Join us for a weekend of JavaScript for beginners! This class is held in two sessions on Saturday Oct 29th and Sunday Oct 30th. Both sessions are included in the $90 class fee, so please plan on attending both days. 

    JavaScript is one of the most in-demand skills in the tech industry. It can be thought of as an extension to HTML which allows developers to incorporate more functionality into their web pages (such as an expandable menu or animated slideshow).

  • Oct 29

    GDI Fountain Valley Study Group (FREE)

    October 29, 2016 • Need Someone to Blog, Fountain Valley, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning to code. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first coding class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Nov 6

    Intermediate JavaScript

    November 6, 2016 • Codesmith, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Take your JavaScript skills to the next level with this class, which will build on skills learned in Introduction to JavaScript and take those skills to new and deeper levels.

    This class is held in three sessions:

    • November 6, 11am-4pm

    • November 13, 11am-4pm

    • November 20, 11am-4pm

    All three sessions are included in the $96 class fee. Please plan on attending all 3 weeks of the class.

  • Nov 6

    Intro to SQL

    November 6, 2016 • Location TBD • Learn more

    Knowing basic SQL is an important skill for everyone, not just data analysts. If you use Excel, you can quickly learn SQL. Come learn how! We’re hosting a course to teach beginner SQL. No prerequisites required.

    If you’re in product management, design, marketing, sales, or customer support, SQL will help you understand your customer data. It can be career changing. Bring your laptop, this will be a hands-on course!

  • Nov 8

    GDI North Hollywood Study Group (FREE)

    November 8, 2016 • Starbucks, Valley Village, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning to code. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first coding class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Nov 9

    November Mentoring Night (FREE)

    November 9, 2016 • HULU,Santa Monica,CA • Learn more

    Wanting to learn to write some code, but not sure where to start? Thinking about checking out some classes, but want to know what this whole Girl Develop It thing is about? Interested in meeting some fellow coding students and some professionals already working in the field?

    Then come on out to our mentoring night, nicely hosted by Hulu in Santa Monica. You’ll get a chance to meet other members, find out about our classes and our mission, and see what classes might be the best fit for you.

    And if you have to come straight from work, don’t worry! Hulu is nicely hosting refreshements for us to kick off the event right!

  • Nov 12

    So Cal Code Camp LA

    November 12, 2016 • USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    So Cal Code Camp is a free developer centric community run event. Everyone interested in development and software related topics is welcome to participate.

    So Cal Code Camp LA
    Sat-Sun Nov 12-13, 2016
    at USC Viterbi School of Engineering, California
    http://www.socalcodecamp.com/

    Code Camp is a community driven software and technology conference. This event has become an international trend where peer groups of all platforms, programming languages and disciplines band together to bring content to the community.

    SoCal Code Camp is a volunteer run event and is completely free for attendees! Code Camp takes place over the course of a weekend and includes great sessions and workshops, networking events and a raffle.

  • Nov 12

    HTML and CSS 101: Build Your First Website!

    November 12, 2016 • Sabio.LA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join our two-part workshop for complete beginners and learn HTML and CSS, the foundation of making any website or web app! This class will meet for two sessions, and both sessions are covered for the $90 class fee.

    Class 1: Saturday, November 12th, 10am-2:30pm

    Introduction to HTML. What is it? Why does it matter? We’ll step through the basic history of HTML, including how it interacts with the browser and why that matters. Then we’ll discuss the layout of an HTML page, including html, body, head and nesting. Finally, we’ll go through many of the basic HTML elements. You’ll begin to make a personal portfolio page with HTML elements.

    Class 2: Saturday, November 19th, 10am-2:30pm

    Digging deeper into HTML and how it work with CSS. We’ll learn about some more HTML elements and learn how to include id and class selectors in our CSS. You’ll start customizing your portfolio with all sorts of goodies and personal style.

  • Nov 12

    Partner Event: Connected Car Hackathon by Mojio

    November 12, 2016 • Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Cars, code and connectivity. Be part of the new automotive ecosystem.

    Mojio and AutoMobility LA are bringing the nation’s leading developers, engineers, entrepreneurs and designers together for 36 hours of raw automotive innovation.

    Harnessing Mojio’s open connected car platform, in combination with the Amazon Alexa Skills Kit, the stage is set for creative thinking, problem solving and industry disruption.

     

  • Nov 13

    Code ‘n Coffee

    November 13, 2016 • Delice Bakery, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join us for our Code & Coffee! Whether you’re looking to keep practicing what you learned in your last class or are in the midst of a project, your community is here to help!

    This will be an informal event where members can meet each other and collaborate.

    Have a project idea and some skills, but haven’t attended a GDI event yet? Want to focus on helping others with their projects? You’re welcome too!

    This is also a great event for first time attendees who just want to socialize. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us. 🙂

  • Nov 16

    GDI Huntington Beach Study Group (FREE)

    November 16, 2016 • AoSA Project, Huntington Beach, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning to code. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first coding class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Nov 17

    GDI Mar Vista Study Group (FREE)

    November 17, 2016 • Coffee Connection, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning front-end web development – HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript/jQuery. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Dec 3

    User Experience (UX): Rapid Prototyping

    December 3, 2016 • Velvet Hammer, El Segundo, CA • Learn more

    Prototyping is a critical part of any design process.

    Whether you are trying to convince your manager about the need for a new feature, work through a design idea for a mobile application, or just figure out if something can even be built, today’s most effective teams prototype early and often.

    GDI’s Rapid Prototyping class is the right place to start if you would like to:

    • Improve design decision making within a team or company
    • Communicate ideas quickly to others
    • Gather feedback about a new product or service
    • Explore concepts and potential startup ideas

  • Dec 7

    December Mentoring Night (FREE)

    December 7, 2016 • Sony Playstation, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Wanting to learn to write some code, but not sure where to start? Thinking about checking out some classes, but want to know what this whole Girl Develop It thing is about? Interested in meeting some fellow coding students and some professionals already working in the field?

    Then come on out to our mentoring night, nicely hosted by Sony Playstation in Culver City. You’ll get a chance to meet other members, find out about our classes and our mission, and see what classes might be the best fit for you.

  • Dec 10

    Intermediate HTML and CSS

    December 10, 2016 • IndieDesk DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Through the course of this two-part class, you’ll get a thorough introduction to HTML5 and CSS3 to build on your previous knowledge. You’ll get hands-on experience working with HTML5 features like semantic elements and forms, and you’ll learn new CSS3 properties and abilities including transformations and transitions. Finally, we’ll dig into responsive design and browser compatibility.

    You’ll leave with readily-applicable skills and we’ll be there to answer any questions you may have along the way!

    To get the most out of this class, you should have a working knowledge of basic HTML and CSS. You may have taken Intro to HTML through Girl Develop It, or maybe you have built a site for fun.

  • Dec 15

    Holiday Party

    December 15, 2016 • Industrious Office, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    We have so much to celebrate! We’re almost to the end of 2016 and this year, we’ve hosted 96 events, added 920 new members (and counting every day!), and have had over 1500 RSVP’s for our events.

    So let’s celebrate the season together. We’ll have food, drinks, music and good company! Come and toast to your accomplishments, and meet your fellow GDI students.

    We look forward to celebrating with you!

  • Dec 15

    Holiday Party

    December 15, 2016 • Industrious Office, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    We have so much to celebrate! We’re almost to the end of 2016 and this year, we’ve hosted 93 events, added 851 new members (and counting every day!), and have had over 1500 RSVP’s for our events.

    So let’s celebrate the season together. We’ll have food, drinks, music and good company! Come and toast to your accomplishments, and meet your fellow GDI students.

    We look forward to celebrating with you!

  • Dec 15

    GDI Mar Vista Study Group (FREE)

    December 15, 2016 • Coffee Connection, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning front-end web development – HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript/jQuery. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Dec 18

    Modern Front End Development tools(Tentative Date)

    December 18, 2016 • TBD • Learn more

    The world of front end development is immense and rapidly evolving. If you know HTML and CSS, you may be wondering: ”What’s next?

    The goal of this class is to give you a clear path to understanding the modern tools, techniques and best practices. You will be able to easily integrate these skills into you web development.

    In this course you will learn to comfortably navigate:

    •  Command line

    • Git

    • Build tools( Gulp, Grunt, Yeoman)

    • HTML templating

    • CSS pre-processors

    • Javascript code organization

    • Javascript testing

  • Dec 27

    GDI Whittier WordPress Study Group

    December 27, 2016 • South Whittier Library, Whittier, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning WordPress! All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first WordPress install or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Jan 7

    Intro to Web Concepts – Great First Class for Total Beginners!

    January 7, 2017 • Opodz, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Want to learn how to code, but not sure where to start? If you are a complete beginner to coding or want to learn how to communicate better with your technical team and friends, this workshop is for you. This class is also great for UX professionals, project managers, small business owners, designers, and anyone who wants to understand how the web works.

    In this class, we will walk through the fundamentals of web development in layman terms. We won’t be writing code, but we’ll take you through various components of the web and how they work together.

  • Jan 9

    GDI NoHo UX Study Group (FREE)

    January 9, 2017 • Tea Pop, North Hollywood, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning User Experience and UI Design. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first UX class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Jan 12

    GDI Huntington Beach Study Group (FREE)

    January 12, 2017 • AoSA Project, Huntington Beach, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning to code. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first coding class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Jan 14

    Introduction to Programming Concepts

    January 14, 2017 • 8th Light - DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Have you ever taken a programming class and given up because the concepts were too hard to grasp or all the examples used math formulas? Have you then decided to try again with a different language — only to discover the same thing? Or have you stayed away from programming altogether because you’re worried that’s what will happen? Or are you interested in learning to code, but have absolutely not experience with it? If you answered “YES!” to even one of those questions, this class is for you!

    In this workshop, we’ll explore some of the most basic and universal programming concepts. We’ll use everyday activities and real-life examples to demonstate common structures such as conditional statements (if this, then that) and different kinds of loops (for each thing in this collection, do this…). We’ll also try to take the mystery out of variables and why computers are so darn picky.

  • Jan 14

    Introduction to Command Line

    January 14, 2017 • 8th Light - DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    The command line. Eek! It looks so outdated and nerdy. I mean, isn’t that how people used computers in 1987? Why on earth would you need to know that NOW?

    If trying to use the command line makes you feel overwhelmed, incompetent, or just confused, then this class is for you! It’s not as hard as you’re probably imagining, and you’ll feel like a first-class coder by the time you leave this class!

    This class will give you a quick, interactive tour of the basic command line commands, including how to create, read, edit, move and copy files; how to use built-in help documentation; how to install fresh new apps; how to pipe things together like a prop; and how to access other computers.

  • Jan 17

    January Mentoring Night (FREE)

    January 17, 2017 • IndieDesk DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Wanting to learn to write some code, but not sure where to start? Thinking about checking out some classes, but want to know what this whole Girl Develop It thing is about? Interested in meeting some fellow coding students and some professionals already working in the field?

    Then come on out to our mentoring night, nicely hosted by IndieDesk in downtown LA. You’ll get a chance to meet other members, find out about our classes and our mission, and see what classes might be the best fit for you.

  • Jan 19

    GDI Huntington Beach Study Group (FREE)

    January 19, 2017 • Starbucks, Huntington Beach, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning to code. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first coding class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Jan 19

    GDI Mar Vista Study Group (FREE)

    January 19, 2017 • Coffee Connection, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning front-end web development – HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript/jQuery. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Jan 21

    Women’s March LA

    January 21, 2017 • Pershing Square, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    GDI will be present at Women’s March LA! This will be a historic event taking place in cities across the country. We hope that you join in to help stand for human and women’s rights alike.

    We will have a booth at the event and need 4 volunteers to help staff the booth. Volunteers will help spread the word about GDI’s mission and help contribute to what this event stands for. The opportunity to participate in this event is very last minute, so we will need all the help we can get! If you would like to help staff the booth, please sign up as a volunteer here.

  • Jan 21

    Intro to HTML & CSS 101: FrontEnd Weekend

    January 21, 2017 • Codesmith, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join our two-part workshop for complete beginners and learn HTML and CSS, the foundation of making any website or web app! This class will meet for two sessions, and both sessions are covered for the $90 class fee.

    Class 1: Saturday, January 21st, 10am-2:30pm

    Introduction to HTML. What is it? Why does it matter? We’ll step through the basic history of HTML, including how it interacts with the browser and why that matters.

    Class 2: Sunday, January 22nd, 10am-2:30pm

    Digging deeper into HTML and how it work with CSS. We’ll learn about some more HTML elements and learn how to include id and class selectors in our CSS.

  • Jan 28

    Introduction to User Experience

    January 28, 2017 • Velvet Hammer, El Segundo, CA • Learn more

    In a world where customer interactions take place across multiple platforms and devices, User Experience (UX) takes center stage. UX encompasses a person’s emotions and attitudes about using a particular product, system, or service. In today’s marketplace, the products and services that win consumer loyalty are easy-to-use and designed explicitly to meet users’ needs. It’s no surprise that experience designers are in high demand. Companies today large and small understand that UX matters, and they’re hiring trained UXers to make their products and the world a better place.

    UX 101 is the right place to start if you:

    * Want to bring a UX mindset into your current company
    * Are considering a career shift
    * Have a product idea
    * Are looking to start your own company

  • Feb 4

    Intro to App Building with Salesforce

    February 4, 2017 • IndieDesk DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Interested in an in-demand career with salaries up to six-figures? The job market for Salesforce professionals is growing, with over 100,000 job openings for the Salesforce skills created last year*. In this class, you’ll get a crash course in building simple employee-facing business apps that run on both a web browser and a mobile device – without writing any code!

    This is not a sales pitch. I’m a Salesforce developer, and I’m passionate about bringing diversity to the tech sector and helping women learn about powerful career options.

    Whether you’re familiar with Salesforce from your work experience or are just looking for a career in a hot field, join us to learn about app-building on Salesforce.

  • Feb 7

    GDI NoHo UX Study Group (FREE)

    February 7, 2017 • Tea Pop, North Hollywood, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning User Experience and UI Design. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first UX class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Feb 11

    Introduction to Git and Github

    February 11, 2017 • 8th Light - DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Have you ever made changes that broke your code and you forgot how it was working before? Want to collaborate with someone on a code project, but aren’t sure who has the latest version of a particular file? Version control can solve these and other problems!

    Git is a popular version control application that can track your code changes, as well as help you be more methodical in your programming. Win win! This session will introduce the basics of version control, how to use Git to keep track of your changes to a project, and using GitHub (a hosting service) to collaborate with other developers.

  • Feb 11

    UX: Introduction to Interaction Design

    February 11, 2017 • Velvet Hammer, El Segundo, CA • Learn more

    In this weekend workshop, Bern and Anita will introduce you to the foundations of interaction design, and help you understand the basics of what makes something good to use, as well as the science behind the human mind that can inform your next project.

    This workshop is for designers and developers who want to:
    * Create thoughtful and considerate products that improve people’s lives
    * Learn about fundamentals of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) science
    * Remove the guesswork from design decision-making

    This course meets for two full day sessions:
    * Saturday, February 11
    * Sunday, February 12

  • Feb 12

    Galentine’s Day Waffle Brunch & Fundraiser

    February 12, 2017 • Shaky Alibi, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Lots and lots of waffles.

    Delicious waffles, sweet waffles, savory waffles – waffles with bacon, waffles with syrup, waffles with bleu cheese, waffles with cinnamon and bananas…waffles!

    So, come on out and enjoy a fabulous waffle brunch with your fellow GDI students, teachers, teaching assistants, volunteers, and leaders. Ladies celebrating ladies. And help raise funds for our chapter to support scholarships!

  • Feb 15

    February Mentoring Night (FREE)

    February 15, 2017 • Pivotal Labs, Santa Monica, CA • Learn more

    Wanting to learn to write some code, but not sure where to start? Thinking about checking out some classes, but want to know what this whole Girl Develop It thing is about? Interested in meeting some fellow coding students and some professionals already working in the field?

    Then come on out to our mentoring night, nicely hosted by Sony Playstation in Culver City. You’ll get a chance to meet other members, find out about our classes and our mission, and see what classes might be the best fit for you.

  • Feb 16

    GDI Mar Vista Study Group (FREE)

    February 16, 2017 • Coffee Connection, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning front-end web development – HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript/jQuery. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Feb 16

    GDI Mar Vista Study Group (FREE)

    February 16, 2017 • Coffee Connection, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning front-end web development – HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript/jQuery. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Feb 18

    Introduction to JavaScript (Saturday and Sunday, JavaScript Weekend!)

    February 18, 2017 • Opodz, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join us for a weekend of JavaScript for beginners! This class is held in two sessions on Saturday Feb 18th and Sunday Feb 19th. Both sessions are included in the $90 class fee, so please only sign up if you can attend both days.

    JavaScript is one of the most in-demand skills in the tech industry. It can be thought of as an extension to HTML which allows developers to incorporate more functionality into their web pages (such as an expandable menu or animated slideshow).

  • Feb 25

    WordPress 101: Learn How to USE WordPress in a Weekend!

    February 25, 2017 • IndieDesk DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join Girl Develop It for an introductory look into WordPress. This class has plenty of class time for trying things out for yourself, asking questions, and getting help. There’s also time between classes for you to experiment on your own and return next session with questions!

    This class is for beginners wanting to learn about using WordPress as a content management system for a blog or website. You can arrive knowing nothing about WordPress and will leave knowing how to start up, build and manage a site.

  • Feb 28

    GDI Santa Clarita Valley Study Group (FREE)

    February 28, 2017 • Starbucks, Santa Clarita, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning front-end web development – HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript/jQuery. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Mar 1

    Partner Event: SheWorx Breakfast with Robyn Ward, CEO of FastForward

    March 1, 2017 • Silicon Valley Bank, Santa Monica, CA • Learn more

    Learn actionable strategies for building successful companies at our SheWorx breakfast roundtable. Space is limited to allow a dynamic and intimate discussion with the mentor and other entrepreneurs.

    We’re excited to have Robyn Ward, CEO of FastForward, a startup consultancy and founders coaching business lead our discussion this month!

  • Mar 1

    Free Partner Event: How to get hired as a software engineer

    March 1, 2017 • Codesmith, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    We will cover 

    1. The 5 key things you need to know to get hired as a mid-level software engineer

    2. How to whiteboard through the typical coding challenges that make up 50% of most technical interviews

    The number of opportunities for software engineers is booming but to get a mid level position and above requires a special kind of preparation.

    In this interactive workshop we cover the five key skills that you must have in order to succeed in the job search including how to effectively whiteboard through the tough coding interviews.

  • Mar 2

    SCaLE 15x (Conference + Coupon Code!)

    March 2, 2017 • Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA • Learn more

    SCALE is about community. We have been since SCALE 1x in 2002. As such, we have a great balance of community and sponsored booths in the Expo Hall. This is a great chance to find groups and individuals who are interested in the same Open Source technology subjects are you are. The community groups typically have monthly meetings, ask them joining their meetings. We also have a number of interesting companies which have helped sponsored SCALE by getting a booth. They maybe providing products, services, hiring, or just doing community outreach. Please schedule some time to visit the booths and network.

  • Mar 4

    Intro to React

    March 4, 2017 • IndieDesk DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    React is a popular front end framework developed by Facebook and used by companies like Netflix, Flipboard, and Khan Academy. It is efficient and flexible and helpful for building interactive user interfaces.

    This workshop will introduce you to the basic concepts you need to understand and work with React.

    You’ll learn:

    • What is React and why use it?
    • Working with components and the component lifecycle
    • JSX
    • Props and state
    • The virtual DOM

  • Mar 5

    Meet the Tech: Python (FREE)

    March 5, 2017 • Codesmith, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Have you heard people talking about Python and you wonder what it is and if you should learn it? Tried to look it up online and found yourself lost in an explanation that sounded like this: “interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics”? WHAT?

    In this session, presenter Nihara Thomas will present a beginner-friendly introduction to Python. You’ll learn what it is, what it can be used for, see a few examples of what the language looks like, and you’ll see a few demos of things built using Python. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to ask questions, too!

  • Mar 6

    March Mentoring Night (FREE)

    March 6, 2017 • FastPay, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Wanting to learn to write some code, but not sure where to start? Thinking about checking out some classes, but want to know what this whole Girl Develop It thing is about? Interested in meeting some fellow coding students and some professionals already working in the field?

    Then come on out to our mentoring night, nicely hosted by Pivotal Labs in Santa Monica. You’ll get a chance to meet other members, find out about our classes and our mission, and see what classes might be the best fit for you.

  • Mar 11

    UX: Introduction to Interaction Design

    March 11, 2017 • Velvet Hammer, El Segundo, CA • Learn more

    In this weekend workshop, Bern and Anita will introduce you to the foundations of interaction design, and help you understand the basics of what makes something good to use, as well as the science behind the human mind that can inform your next project.

    This workshop is for designers and developers who want to:
    * Create thoughtful and considerate products that improve people’s lives
    * Learn about fundamentals of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) science
    * Remove the guesswork from design decision-making

  • Mar 15

    Meet the Tech: Python (FREE)

    March 15, 2017 • IndieDesk DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Have you heard people talking about Python and you wonder what it is and if you should learn it? Tried to look it up online and found yourself lost in an explanation that sounded like this: “interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics”? WHAT?

    In this session, presenter Crystabel Rangel will present a beginner-friendly introduction to Python. You’ll learn what it is, what it can be used for, see a few examples of what the language looks like, and you’ll see a few demos of things built using Python. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to ask questions, too!

  • Mar 16

    GDI Mar Vista Study Group (FREE)

    March 16, 2017 • Coffee Connection, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning front-end web development – HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript/jQuery. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Mar 18

    Meet the Tech: PHP (FREE)

    March 18, 2017 • IndieDesk DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Heard people mention PHP and you wonder what it is and if you should learn it? Heard some grumpy developers talking about how old it is and wonder if it’s still relevant and useful to learn? Do you wonder what the connection between Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress is?

    In this session, presenter Kim Fox will present a beginner-friendly introduction to PHP. You’ll learn what it is, what it can be used for, see a few examples of what the language looks like, and you’ll see a few demos of things built using PHP. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to ask questions, too!

  • Mar 18

    Meet the Tech: JavaScipt (FREE)

    March 18, 2017 • IndieDesk DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    JavaScript is the most in-demand skill in the tech industry today, but you might not be clear on what it is and why it’s so important to learn. You might also hear confusing references to both Java and JavaScript and wonder if there’s a difference, and if so, which one to learn? And what the heck does any of it have to do with Angular and React and Ember?

    In this session, presenter Natalie MacLees will present a beginner-friendly introduction to JavaScript. You’ll learn what it is, what it can be used for, see a few examples of what the language looks like, and you’ll see a few demos of things built using JavaScript. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to ask questions, too!

  • Mar 18

    Meet the Tech: Ruby (FREE)

    March 18, 2017 • IndieDesk DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    You mean Ruby is something other than a gorgeous red gemstone? Oh yes, it’s a programming language! But what is it, exactly, and what is it good for? And why do people keep mentioning gems and Rails? Should you learn Ruby?

    In this session, presenter Rita Hill will present a beginner-friendly introduction to Ruby. You’ll learn what it is, what it can be used for, see a few examples of what the language looks like, and you’ll see a few demos of things built using Ruby. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to ask questions, too!

  • Mar 19

    Meet the Tech: Swift (FREE)

    March 19, 2017 • Cross Campus Downtown LA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Heard people mention Swift and wondering what it is and if you should learn it? Heard that it’s one of the most popular languages now even though it’s only been around since 2014? Interested in iOS development?

    In this session, presenter Maxim Safioulline will present a beginner-friendly introduction to Swift. You’ll learn what it is, what it can be used for, see a few examples of what the language looks like, and you’ll see a few demos of things built using Swift. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to ask questions, too!

  • Mar 21

    GDI Santa Monica UX Study Group (FREE)

    March 21, 2017 • Amandine Patisserie Cafe, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning User Experience and UI Design. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first UX class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • Mar 28

    Meet the Tech: Python (FREE)

    March 28, 2017 • InMotion Hosting, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Have you heard people talking about Python and you wonder what it is and if you should learn it? Tried to look it up online and found yourself lost in an explanation that sounded like this: “interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics”? WHAT?

    In this session, presenter Arthi Rad will present a beginner-friendly introduction to Python. You’ll learn what it is, what it can be used for, see a few examples of what the language looks like, and you’ll see a few demos of things built using Python. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to ask questions, too!

  • Apr 1

    Introduction to PHP and MySQL

    April 1, 2017 • IndieDesk DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    PHP was one of the first and still is the most popular language on the web for building dynamic websites without having to compile code. As a server-side language, PHP allows authors to retrieve data from any database, manipulate it, and display it on the web, enabling users to interact with it. To date, PHP powers millions of websites including Facebook, Etsy, and the most popular CMS applications, like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.

    This course is an introduction to PHP meant for budding programmers. A familiarity with basic HTML and CSS is required.

  • Apr 11

    Meet the Tech: Python (FREE)

    April 11, 2017 • Codesmith, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Have you heard people talking about Python and you wonder what it is and if you should learn it? Tried to look it up online and found yourself lost in an explanation that sounded like this: “interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics”? WHAT?

    In this session, presenter Anna Shilova will present a beginner-friendly introduction to Python. You’ll learn what it is, what it can be used for, see a few examples of what the language looks like, and you’ll see a few demos of things built using Python. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to ask questions, too!

  • Apr 11

    North Hollywood Study Group

    April 11, 2017 • Starbucks, Valley Village, CA • Learn more

    Let’s meet up and study code together at the Starbucks on the corner of Riverside and Laurel Canyon.

  • Apr 15

    Introduction to HTML & CSS

    April 15, 2017 • IndieDesk DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join our two-part workshop for complete beginners and learn HTML and CSS, the foundation of making any website or web app! This class will meet for two sessions, and both sessions are covered for the $90 class fee.

  • Apr 20

    GDI Mar Vista Study Group (FREE)

    April 20, 2017 • Coffee Connection, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning front-end web development – HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript/jQuery. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • May 6

    GDI Manhattan Beach Study Group (FREE)

    May 6, 2017 • Manhattan Beach Library, Manhattan Beach, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning front-end web development – HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript/jQuery. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • May 6

    Introduction to HTML & CSS

    May 6, 2017 • IndieDesk DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join our two-part workshop for complete beginners and learn HTML and CSS, the foundation of making any website or web app! This class will meet for two sessions, and both sessions are covered for the $90 class fee.

  • May 10

    GDI El Segundo Study Group (FREE)

    May 10, 2017 • Westside Websites, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning web development. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • May 18

    GDI Mar Vista Study Group (FREE)

    May 18, 2017 • Coffee Connection, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    Join other GDI students who are learning front-end web development – HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript/jQuery. All levels are welcome, so whether you’re just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you’ve got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you’re welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups – it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup – this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We’re very friendly and would love to have you join us!

  • May 18

    May Mentoring Night and Hands-On Open Office Hours (Bring your laptop!) — FREE!

    May 18, 2017 • Pivotal Labs, Santa Monica, CA • Learn more

    Want to learn to code, but not sure where to start? Interested in getting advice from tech industry professionals or some hands-on help with a coding problem? Join us for a special mentoring night and office hours event hosted by Pivotal Labs in Santa Monica!

    We’ll break up into small groups, half for general mentorship chats and half for hands-on office hours using our laptops! This is your chance to meet mentors and fellow learners, ask and answer questions, and figure out what skills and next steps can help you in your career.

  • May 20

    Introduction to PHP and MySQL

    May 20, 2017 • IndieDesk DTLA, Los Angeles, CA • Learn more

    PHP was one of the first and still is the most popular language on the web for building dynamic websites without having to compile code. As a server-side language, PHP allows authors to retrieve data from any database, manipulate it, and display it on the web, enabling users to interact with it. To date, PHP powers millions of websites including Facebook, Etsy, and the most popular CMS applications, like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.

    This course is an introduction to PHP meant for budding programmers. A familiarity with basic HTML and CSS is required.

    What you’ll learn:

    • Basic programming concepts in PHP like variables, data types, and functions, if/then statements, arrays and loops.

    • Basic concepts for building server-side web applications

    • How to use a MySQL database to create a dynamic, database-driven website.

  • Jun 3

    GDI San Diego – Build & Deploy Your Own Website!

    June 3, 2017 • Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab • Learn more

    Over the past six months, we’ve covered a bit of HTML and CSS, some design concepts, and even a bit of JavaScript. Now it’s time to piece it all together! In the final workshop of our Front End Series, we will build and deploy a live portfolio/”About Me” website together!

    This class will meet for two 5-hour sessions. Both sessions are covered in the $90 class fee, as well as a special exclusive offer for your personalized domain and web hosting, via SiteGround!

  • Jun 11

    Plugin-A-Palooza – Word Camp Orange County 2017

    June 11, 2017 • The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation • Learn more

    Our third annual plugin competition on June 11th @ 2:00 PM. Watch teams talk about how they developed their plugin and why. Who will walk away with the prizes as the winners of Plugin-A-Palooza 2017???

  • Dec 9

    Build & Deploy Your Own Website!

    December 9, 2017 • Qualcomm Building AY, San Diego, CA • Learn more

    Over the past six months, we’ve covered a bit of HTML and CSS, some design concepts, and even a bit of JavaScript. Now it’s time to piece it all together! In the final workshop of our Front End Series, we will build and deploy a live portfolio/”About Me” website together!

    This class will meet for two 5-hour sessions. Both sessions are covered in the $90 class fee, as well as a special exclusive offer for your personalized domain and web hosting, via SiteGround!

    Class 1: December 9th, 11AM to 4PM

    We will recap some of the concepts needed to build a simple website, and provide a template to help you get started. Our teacher will be there to lead the way, and our friendly team of TAs will be available to help you too!

    Class 2: December 10th, 11AM to 4PM

    By the end of Day 2, you will walk away with a live website that you can continue improving upon! Be sure to put this one on your resume and show off what you can do!

  • Feb 17

    Introduction to React

    February 17, 2018 • Cross Campus Downtown LA • Learn more

    Join us for a hands-on intro to React, a popular front-end library developed by Facebook and used by companies like Netflix, Flipboard, and Khan Academy!

    What You’ll Learn

    This workshop will introduce you to the basic concepts you need to understand and work with React:

    • What is React and why use it?
    • Working with components and the component lifecycle
    • JSX syntax and features
    • Props and state
    • The virtual DOM

  • Apr 6

    Website Weekend Kampala

    April 6, 2018 • Kampala, Uganda • Learn more

    Website Weekend is an initiative started by Natalie MacLees (www.nataliemac.com). It started in October 2013, where 53 volunteers came together to create websites for seven different nonprofits. In October of 2016, 120 volunteers created websites for 16 different nonprofit organizations.

    Starting from 6th to 9th April 2018, various non-profit organizations will be teamed up with professional website developers to get them a web presence start. The 3 day event will focus on creating websites for non-profit organizations doing great work in the communities.

  • Jun 9

    Plugin-a-Palooza 2018

    June 9, 2018 • Word Camp Orange County • Learn more

    The legacy of Plugin-a-Palooza continues into 2000 and 18. Vie against other wizards of development to prove your coding mastery.

    • Teams can be 1-3 participants.
    • Each participant can only be part of one team in the competition.
    • Each team must build their own plugin.
    • Your plugin must be GPL compliant.
    • Your plugin be accepted into the WordPress repository by May 18. Submit early!
    • Existing plugins are ineligible. Eligible plugins will be developed between March 5 and May 18.
    • All teams will present their plugins at WordCamp OC on June 10.