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Community Initiatives All Over the World

20 Jun 2017

Bridge Foundry volunteers share skills by creating open source curriculum, at free teaching events and in online mcommunities. Through teaching and organizing, we learn to be leaders, as well as levelling up our own tech skills. Most workshops are organized by independent communities, sometimes by one individual who has been to a workshop at a conference and then decided to create a community where they live.

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The First Tenderloin Workshop

09 Dec 2015

Tenderloin Rails workshop introduction Ever since I (Michelle Glauser) graduated from Hackbright Academy three years ago, I’ve wanted to help other women join tech. I’ve enjoyed attending and organizing RailsBridge, DjangoGirls, and JavaScript workshops in Shanghai, London, and San Francisco, but I often wondered how I could help women and genderqueer individuals struggling economically to learn to code, especially if they don’t have their own laptops. A little over a year ago, I learned about the Tenderloin Technology Lab, a computer lab that’s part of the St. Anthony’s Foundation in the Tenderloin of San Francisco, an inner-city neighborhood known for poverty and diversity.

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Making An Impact, Engineering Change

26 Aug 2015

The Bridge Foundry community is filled with passionate change agents.

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MobileBridge iOS Workshop at PlanGrid, April 2015

29 Apr 2015

Last weekend, PlanGrid hosted the third MobileBridge iOS workshop, teaching iPhone app development to women and their friends. We split into 3 classes. Two classes taught the Rotten Tomatoes curriculum — populating a tableview with data from the internet. The third class learned from the new prototyping curriculum, where students sketched app UI on paper, consulted quick usability tests, then used photos of the sketches as screens in a working iOS app.

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What Tech Used to Look Like?

21 Mar 2015

In the early days of computing, coding was women’s work. The word ‘computer’ used to refer to people (mostly women) whose job was to compute. Early computers calculated with slide rules and later with mechanical calculators. Then during World War II, women with Math degrees were recruited to program the first digital computers. With the end of the war, many stepped back, giving up their jobs to returning veterans, and by the 1960s, software development became a male-dominated field.

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Refactoring an Organization

08 Feb 2015

We’re bridge builders. We are dedicated to doing whatever it takes so that the makers of technology are reflective of our society, because diversity fosters innovation. We also believe that programming literacy is a fundamental skill, and that people need to understand the technologies they depend on. To reach this goal, we’re helping organizations train, mentor, network, and encourage people – particularly those who are underrepresented – to fully participate in technology, and have fun doing it.

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