Girl Develop It (GDI) is a national nonprofit that exists to provide education and support to women who are interested in learning web and software development. They do so by providing affordable educational programs in a judgement-free environment.
What started with one event in New York City in 2010 has grown into an organization that can be found in 53 cities around the country with close to 60,000 members.
One of those cities is Minneapolis.
Since launching here two years ago, GDI Minneapolis has hosted nearly 100 tech events with more than 40 volunteers and has taught more than 1,000 women. In fact, the local chapter is just 18 members shy of 1,400 (at the time of writing this article, of course).
To celebrate the impact they are having on women’s lives – and to celebrate their two-year anniversary in the Twin Cities – GDI Minneapolis is throwing a party.
It’s actually a fundraiser/networking event and a chance to toast two years of tech education and the amazing women who make it all possible.
Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy raffle giveaways, photo booth entertainment, appetizers/drinks and networking while supporting a great cause. Proceeds from the event will fund programming initiatives and scholarships for students facing financial hardship.
The fun is happening on Friday, August 19 from 6:30 pm until 10:00 pm at Olson (420 N. 5th St., Minneapolis). Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and can be purchased here.
And despite the name and the mission, men are welcome.