The Ruby on Rails InstallFest is a three hour workshop where participants can get their laptops set up with a development environment, and follow an online tutorial to build and deploy a web application using the Ruby on Rails framework and deployed on Heroku. Local developers attend to provide mentoring assistance as required. Multiple sessions can be attended, with participants working through the next stage of Installfest guides, gaining increasing levels of expertise.
Our founder and CEO, Mikel, has passion for Ruby on Rails and the wonderful community that surrounds it. He is a key contributor to the Ruby on Rails framework by way of his Mail gem, which has been downloaded over 127 million times.
reinteractive provides community financial support as a sponsor of Ruby Together, Ruby Australia, and Rails Girls, but Mikel also wanted to find a way to organically grow the Ruby on Rails community and increase the level of interest and train budding developers.
In 2013, Mikel was in a position to make that happen. He assigned one of our senior developers to the project and gave him time to write the Rails InstallFest blog tutorial. We then brought twenty willing subjects into a room and helped them build and deploy their very first Ruby on Rails application.
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For the first two years we held regular InstallFests in Sydney and Melbourne. In 2015, we hosted the first Brisbane event to record numbers. Later that year we included Adelaide in the schedule. And in 2016 we added Perth to our lineup making InstallFest Australia-wide!
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Join Us as a Installfest Sponsor
We are interested in hearing from companies who share our passion for educating and mentoring others in learning to code in Ruby on Rails and would like to come on board as a sponsor. With the explosion in digital services This will enable us to hold many more events around the country..
Training the Next Generation
The university students of today are the developers of tomorrow. So what better way to grow the community than by taking InstallFest to the universities? With that in mind, we hosted our first in-house InstallFest at the University of South Australia in April 2017.
43 students attended an event during their mid-semester break. Along with our own senior developers, a number of the UniSA teaching staff took the time to familiarise themselves with the content so they too could help mentor.
The student feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with one student getting up to tell the whole room "This was the best experience I have had so far at university."
While the positive feedback from April was encouraging – we received the ultimate confirmation in July when we held a second event at the university. This time around, there were 70 students in attendance, including more than 30 who returned to continue their learning.
Second InstallFest Guide
This second event was created especially for UniSA based on the second and third guides in reinteractive’s InstallFest series.
Students began by adding a Ruby Gem to their application to provide authentication. Authentication ensures that only authorised users can access and/or change the data in an application. The use of Ruby Gems and authenticating users is a skill that is used daily by Rails developers.
They then learned how to write automated tests to provide confidence that their Rails application does what it is supposed to do. Again, this is an essential skill for any good developer.
We held a morning session, which was the usual introductory-level InstallFest, and ran the advanced session on authentication and automated testing in the afternoon.
reinteractive founder and CEO, Mikel Lindsaar, is a UniSA alumni and he took the opportunity to return to his old stomping ground and help mentor students at the two events. Mikel also held a lunchtime seminar on how to get your first job as a developer. Students from the morning session came along to hear insights from Mikel and kept him busy asking questions well past the intended finish time!
Following on from our UniSA success, QUT Foundry in Brisbane invited us to hold another event, this time for the students who are part of the entrepreneurship program at QUT. Ruby on Rails is a popular framework for entrepreneurs because it comes with the common web functionality already built-in, allowing developers to build a basic web application in a fraction of the time and, in turn, allowing the entrepreneur to get their proof of concept in front of investors and stakeholders in a very short timeframe.
Once again, the event was booked out, and attendees learned the power of rapid prototyping that Rails is known for. We also held an InstallFest held at Melbourne's Deakin University and plan more of these university partnerships in the future.
Installfest for universities and tertiary institutions Our Installfest program is perfect for tertiary students seeking to expand their knowledge base and start their Ruby on Rails journey. We are looking to increase our partnerships, working with universities, TAFE and colleges.Contact Us
Private In-house InstallFests
The State Library of New South Wales commissioned us to build a transcription editing platform for their extensive collection of sound archives. Upon completion, they needed to upskill their team of PHP developers to maintain this platform.
We held an in-house InstallFest to help them get their Rails development environment set up and introduce them to the Rails framework. One of our senior developers also held an informal session showing them some useful debugging tools.
There is a good-natured rivalry between PHP and Rails developers but it was lovely to see like-minded developers sitting down and openly sharing their knowledge and experience to achieve a common goal.
2,000 Attendees (and counting)
Since its inception, 2,000 potential new developers have been introduced to the Ruby on Rails Community and our tutorial series has reached thousands across the globe.
Some of our original InstallFest attendees are now regular mentors at these events. And some of our mentors go on to become part of the team here at reinteractive, or at other companies in Australia.
We have an attendee in Brisbane who began with InstallFest and followed it up with Rails Girls. She became a regular at BrisRuby and Coder Club meetups and worked her way through every one of the six InstallFest guides. She is now a mentor at InstallFest and works to educate primary school children in web development.
It is truly open for anyone who wants to learn and they produce a tangible product in a short amount of time, which is very satisfying. One quarter of our attendees have had no prior programming experience and it is a great supportive environment to take that first step.
More New Developers in the Community
We have introduced hundreds of new people into the Ruby on Rails community. Whether learning to code from scratch or coming from another language, we welcomed them with open arms. We have’ve encouraged them to continue their learning, to ask questions, find a mentor and join in monthly community meetups. We have seen the change in our growing community, as first-time attendees become mentors and those mentors go on to become working Rails developers.
Reducing the Gender Gap for Developers
Almost one third of the attendees set up at our InstallFest have been females. We are working towards bridging the gender gap and growing the number of female developers in the tech community. We provide a safe environment where anyone can come along and be comfortable, ask questions and get the help they need. More importantly, we have’ve even managed to recruited some female mentors to help out with these events.
More People Learning About Code
While some participants take on this challenge to make a career change, others - often those with an entrepreneurial streak or in project management roles - come along to better understand how their team of developers work. In fact, almost one quarter of our InstallFest attendees had absolutely no previous programming experience before they came along to one of our events. Sharing and helping others gain this knowledge helps everyone understand a little bit more and gently introduces them to the world of code.
More Developers Giving Back
InstallFest has also given developers in the Ruby and Rails Community the opportunity to give something back. The Ruby on Rails Community it extremely generous about sharing and giving back to help others learn. Even after years of programming, developers are passionate about what they do and are so excited to share their knowledge. They also get the chance to go back to basics and learn to explain things as simply and clearly as they can. Without these awesome volunteers, we would not be able to run these events, so thank you! You are appreciated by all who attend.
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