Gr8Workshops is an initiative where we offer free entry-level workshops with the hope of bringing more people of diverse backgrounds into the Gr8 (Groovy, Grails, Gradle, etc) community. We feature two tracks: one for those new to programming and the other for experienced programmers new to Groovy. Although this event is normally organized by Gr8Ladies, the event is open to anyone of any gender or background looking to learn about Groovy.

By the end of the session, attendees should have a better understanding of the Gr8 technologies as well as basic software engineering principles and testing practices that will improve their development no matter their primary language of choice.

Coffee, light refreshments, and lunch will be provided.

New To Coding Track -- Last Held July 30, 2016

The beginner course is accessible to those with zero knowledge of programming and is open to anyone who doesn't consider themselves "a programmer." This course covers the basics of programming-- knowledge that's transferable to any modern language-- and we'll learn how to implement these skills in Groovy. Attendees should bring their own laptop but won't need to install anything; everything we do will be done in an online tool called "Groovy Web Console."

We hope you'll leave with a passion for coding and the confidence to keep on learning.

New to Groovy Track -- Last Held June 18, 2016

The "New to Groovy" track is aimed at programmers with at least 2 semesters of college coursework or 6+ months professional experience. Attendees will learn about the programming language Groovy, a compiled programming language that promotes rapid development with an easy to learn syntax and the ability to leverage existing Java libraries. Groovy may look familiar because it takes features from other languages such as Ruby, Python, and Smalltalk.

The morning session includes a crash course and hands-on-lab with Groovy. Other sessions cover 75-minute special topic teasers for Groovy ecosystem tools taught by local industry experts. The topics change at each workshop depending on interest and speaker availability.

Topics for the June 18 workshop included:

  • Intro to Grails

  • Building RESTful APIs

  • Gradle Basics


Gr8Workshops is only possible because of our amazing volunteers. We are always looking for more instructors of special topics courses and Teaching Assistants(TA) to help with setup. Even if you aren't available the whole day, your help is greatly appreciated. All experience levels are needed. As a token of our appreciation, volunteers will receive a special thank you gift at the end of the workshop.

To sign up to be a volunteer, email or submit this form.


Sponsors are essential for putting on this event. From food, to space, to helping compensate our volunteers, every little bit helps. As a corporate sponsor, your company's name will be included on marketing materials and the website. Individual Contributors are greatly appreciated and will be acknowledged during the event and in the individual contributors section of the main website. If you do not want to be publicly acknowledged, please add a note with your donation.

Donations can be made through PayPal, by check, or by directly paying invoices(such as catering). To discuss sponsorship options, email or submit this form.