When: Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Where: Two Liberty – 50 South 16th St
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Founded in June 2010 in New York by Sara Chipps and Vanessa Hurst, GirlDevelopIt was created to help balance a technology field that it says is 91 percent male.
123LinkIt founder Yasmine Mustafa says she began taking the BoltBus to classes to the 67th Ward before inquiring about a chapter closer to home and three months later she received the go ahead to open GDI here in Philly.
Intended for beginners, the group’s first class is August 25th and will cover HTML and CSS with Happy Cog designer Jenn Lukas as instructor.
“There isn’t a comfortable place where women can learn at their own pace and not be afraid to ask ‘stupid questions,” says the site’s Meetup page. “We decided it was time to provide a place where all questions are OK and everyone can learn in a supportive environment.”
Mustafa says that more advanced classes coming later in the year.
The group is the latest of many in Philadelphia to help promote women in technology fields. Others include Girls Geek Dinner, TechGirlz and Web Start Women giving Philadelphia an embarrassment of riches for women technologists who would like to learn more about the industry.
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