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Getting involved

Become an organiser

  • Finds venues, mentors, promotion, catering (optional), co-ordination with mentors, co-organisers, etc.
  • Reliably show up to open doors.
  • Go-to person on the day.

To be set up as an organiser, [email protected].

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Now that you are set up, you can do the following to get your workshop up and going.

Choose what kind of workshop you want to run.

Dublin's first workshop was introduction to Python as it was easy for me to find mentors. If you cannot find mentors, run a workshop you can instruct yourself.

Size of workshop is up to each organiser. Dublin ones are typically capped at 25 attendees, and we aim to have 1 mentor per 5 attendees.

Coding Grace workshop content (slides, exercises, source code, etc.) are shared here: https://bitbucket.org/codinggrace/

Please share your workshop content here, READMEs are .md files, so please fill as much information as you can on the content as well as references and resources. If you don't know how, send me a zipped file and I will add to the repository.

Set a date

Setting a date and knowing what workshop you will be running will be enough information when looking for volunteer mentors/helpers and venues.

Call for volunteer mentors

Here are a few suggestions to start looking for volunteer mentors:-

  • Universities
  • Local companies
  • Local usergroups (meetup.com, mailing lists)
  • Friends

Find a venue

If it is possible, a city centre location. If that is not possible, try to find a venue that is easily accessible via public transport.

Venue should have at least:

  • Tables and chairs (classroom setup)
  • Projector (and screen)
  • Decent Wi-Fi
Nice to have:
  • Use of kitchenette so people can make their own tea/coffee.

Coding Grace can help with initial expenses if funds are available. [email protected]

Sponsorship

If you find a sponsor, we will need the following:

  • Company Name
  • Company Logo (high resolution image)
  • Company short description
  • Company URL
  • What they will be sponsoring

Event page

For tickets:

  • Add workshop to website.
  • Suggested ticket management sites (don't forget to add sponsors these ticket pages as well) We don't restrict anyone on services used, above are tried and tested. EventBrite is especially handy to handle waiting lists, internal emails, refunds, etc. Whereas Tito has support for Stripe (and it's an Irish company).

If you find another ticket management site, do let us know.

Some resources:-

Promo'ing your workshop

Vicky can help:

  • Tweet (MT/RT) via @CodingGrace
  • Monthly newsletter, even if you don't have dates or venues, you can still send me details about the workshop you are running so people know what upcoming workshops are happening that month. Please allow at least 2 days notice.

Suggestion:

Create a Twitter account for your chapter.

Finally... Word of Mouth!