Center for Research Computing offers free computer programming workshop for women

Author: Erin Blasko

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The University of Notre Dame Center for Research Computing, in partnership with Django Girls, will host a free computer programming workshop for women from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 14 (Saturday) in the Collaboration Hub at Hesburgh Library.

Django Girls is a nonprofit organization and community that empowers and helps women to organize free one-day programing workshops with tools, resources and support.

Django refers to the free, open-source web framework of the same name.

The workshop is open to women of all ages, though space is limited to 20 participants. Preference will be given to minority women and women in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and/or math.

Led by professional programmers, participants will learn to create their first website using HTML, CSS, Python and Django and become members of a supportive tech community.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. A laptop computer is required.

“Django Girls Notre Dame hopes to encourage and support women in the community who are interested in programming but have no idea where to start or are nervous about getting started,” said Beth Caldwell, research programmer in the Center for Research Computing.

“The Django community is incredibly supportive, which makes this a perfect place to begin programming,” Caldwell said. “Coaches will lead two or three participants through the whole process, from installing the proper software through building a functional website.”

The workshop includes an installation event from 6 to 8 p.m. April 13 (Friday) in the Center for Digital Scholarship classroom at Hesburgh Library, during which participants will have an opportunity to install all of the necessary tools for the workshop on their computers.

To apply for the workshop, visit Applications are due no later than March 24 (Saturday). Applicants will be notified of a decision by April 3 (Tuesday).

For more information or to serve as a mentor for the event, email Django Girls Notre Dame at

Contact: Erin Blasko, assistant director of media relations, 574-631-4127,