Introduction to Python

Jellyvision (811 Building) - 811 W Evergreen Ave, Basement Chicago - View Map Girl Develop It Chicago
Sat, Nov 10, 2018, 9:00 AM (CST)

About this event

Curious about programming? Want to learn one language that you can use to build websites, program robots, visualize data, run servers, and make art? Then you're ready to get started with Python (

Python powers some of the most popular websites and apps we all know and love, like Pinterest ( and Instagram ( to name a couple. It's used by tech companies all over the world, including many companies right here in Chicago.

Join us for GDI Chicago's Introduction to Python workshop, designed for those who have very limited or no programming experience. During this interactive workshop, we'll explore the basic components of a programming language: data types, functions, conditional statements, and loops. We'll mix lecture and practice, and we'll work through lots of problems together. You'll leave the workshop with several tested tutorials to work through on your own.

We'll spend part of the workshop helping you set up a development environment, so there's no need to install software ahead of time. Just bring your laptop and come prepared to write your first lines of Python code.

Tech requirements:
• Your laptop (Mac, PC, and Linux are all okay).

Topics covered:
Intro to the Python shell & Structured Programming - Functions, loops, and conditionals
Data structures and other essential built-ins, and higher level abstractions using object oriented and functional programming

Students will get an hour to break for lunch.

Location information:

Attendees *must* provide their full name as it appears on their ID for building security. When you RSVP to this event, you will be prompted for this information.

Instructor: Lorena Mesa
Political scientist turned coder, Lorena Mesa is a data engineer on GitHub's software intelligence systems team, Director on the Python Software Foundation, and PyLadies Chicago co-organizer. Lorena's time at Obama for America and her subsequent graduate research required her to learn how to transform messy, incomplete data into intelligible analysis on topics like predicting Latinx voter behavior. It's this unique background in research and applied mathematics that drove Lorena to pursue a career in engineering and data science. One part activist, one part Star Wars fanatic, and another part Trekkie, Lorena abides by the motto to "live long and prosper".

Hosted by: Jellyvision
Jellyvision is an award-winning technology company whose interactive software talks people through important, complex and potentially snooze-inducing life decisions - like choosing a healthcare insurance plan, saving for retirement or managing finances - in simple, fun and engaging ways. Our recipe: behavioral science, great writing, purposeful humor, mighty tech and oregano.

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available for those with a financial hardship. Apply via our scholarship form ( Do not RSVP for the event. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Friday 11/2. Scholarship applicants will be notified shortly after the deadline. Class capacity does not impact scholarship students.

Teaching Assistants: If you are interested in being a teaching assistant for this or future workshops, please visit our volunteer page (

No shows: Your course fee will be donated to the chapter scholarship fund.

Cancellation Policy: Class is subject to cancellation if there are fewer than 5 registrations 1 week in advance

Refund Policy: Refunds are offered only if the class is rescheduled, moved to a different location, or canceled by GDI. GDI does not offer refunds to students who cancel or are unable to attend the class, for any reason.

No Drop-Ins: We have a 100% no drop-ins policy. Students that have not registered on Meetup before the class will not be accepted into the class. Please do not show up to a class without registering via Meetup, you will be turned away.

Age Limit: Our program and curriculum are geared towards adults 18 and over. At this time, we do not accept minors as students in our courses and workshops.

Code of Conduct: Girl Develop It's mission is focused on providing opportunities for women to learn web and software development, but our classes and events are open to all genders and identities. We are dedicated to providing a welcoming and comfortable environment for all to learn coding and every attendee is expected to uphold our Code of Conduct (

Questions?: If you have any questions prior to registering, please contact us at


Saturday, Nov 10
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CST)


Jellyvision (811 Building)
811 W Evergreen Ave, Basement Chicago