Introduction to Python

Sprout Social - 131 S Dearborn St., Ste. 1000 Chicago - View Map Girl Develop It Chicago
Sat, Jan 24, 2015, 10:30 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 PinterestInstagram and Rdio, to name a few. It's used by tech companies all over the world, including many companies right here in Chicago.

Join us for GDI Chicago's first Introduction to Python workshop, designed for women 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.

Cost: $90 
No shows: your course fee will be donated to the chapter scholarship fund. 

Dates: This two class course runs on Saturdays.

Session dates and lessons are:

Class 1: Intro to the Python shell & Structured Programming - Functions, loops, and conditionals  
Saturday, January 24, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Class 2: Data structures and other essential built-ins, and higher level abstractions using object oriented and functional programming 
Saturday, January 31st, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Drinks and snacks will be provided. 

Location: Sprout Social, 131 S. Dearborn St., 10th floor 

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. Do not leave blank or you will not be able to get past security. 

A limited number of scholarships are available for those with a financial hardship. To apply, click here. Do not RSVP for the event. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is January 13th. Scholarship applicants will be notified shortly after the deadline. Class capacity does not impact scholarship students. 

Instructor: Lorena Mesa

You can often find Lorena, a Sprout Social Platform Engineer, in dingy arcade halls playing the classics (e.g. Mario, Mortal Kombat, X-Men). A frequent Girl Develop It teaching assistant and instructor as well as a Dev Bootcamp guide, Lorena is a fervent believer in diversifying tech through the education and expansion of roles for women in tech. Want to talk code, hack on a project, engage in Mortal Kombat, or nerd over general geek chic? Tweet Lorena @loooorenanicole, she would love to hear from you!

Hosted by: Sprout Social

Sprout Social provides social media engagement, publishing and analytic tools for leading brands including AMD, Nokia, Spotify and UPS. A powerful platform for social business available via web browser, iOS and Android apps, Sprout enables brands to more effectively manage social channels, collaborate across teams and provide an exceptional customer experience. Headquartered in Chicago, Sprout is a Twitter Certified Product, Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer and Google+ Pages API Partner. Learn more at

If you are interested in being a teaching assistant for this workshop, please contact Paige through Meetup or via <a>email</a>. TAing is a great way to practice what you know and to get to know members of our community.

All attendees, including staff and volunteers, are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It code of conduct.


Saturday, Jan 24
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM (CST)


Sprout Social
131 S Dearborn St., Ste. 1000 Chicago