Let’s take a moment to enjoy that the coaches distribution is 50-50% f/m
I believe we should try to come up with a format that will serve the community best and from what I can see there’s a real lack of space in Berlin where people can just learn go or even work on their own projects and get some help. I would like therefore to explain first why we @ WWGB are doing what we are doing, and then explain why it may/ may not be suitable for OTS.
WWGB workshop format is designed to let our members, who are women that are probably new to go and we have to “sell” go to, work on “real-life” problems (instead of endless tutorials) while being mentored by the hosting company, allowing the hosting company to get to know them better and hopefully even hire them (which is truly our main objective).
I created this format (before even knowing how much fun was going to be) based on my take from my rails girls workshop. My workshop crowd was a group of complete beginners in coding - women who may or may not make a career change, etc. From my experience with them, it was very difficult to keep everyone engaged for a long period of time, when they were all working on different things and completing silly tutorials they were not particularly proud of. After some experiments, it became clear that people keep coming back when they work in a group, and that the more difficult and diverse the challenges are, the better (think crossfit, not tennis).
However, my current experience with designing challenges is that it takes a lot of resources, so while I firmly believe in this approach I still can’t offer any insights as to how to make it scale (for me it still doesn’t no matter how many people I put on it). Also, I’m not entirely sure the community you want to address needs this kind of effort because there may not be any engagement issues to begin with.
If we do go for challenges. I’d suggest we build a pool of things from http://exercism.io/ or any other places, so we don’t have to implement everything on our own.