The main event being held in the Grandview Heights area as part of the COSI Science Festival is designed for women only.
Women, Wine and Web Design will be a workshop on the fundamental tools of front-end development, namely HTML and CSS, said Elizabeth Blackburn, a developer at Dynamit.
Blackburn will serve as instructor at the event with Amanda Ronis, a developer at PriorAuthNow, and Becca DeLuca, a developer at Insight.
It will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Rev One Venture Capital Fund, 1275 Kinnear Road.
The event is free, but registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/womenwebdesign.
"When we started planning the program, we wanted to model it after the 'come-and-paint' type of event where you enjoy some wine and socialize while creating a piece of art," Blackburn said.
Women, Wine and Web Design is designed to be both a fun night out and a chance to learn the basics of web development, she said.
Software development is a field where women have been lagging behind their male counterparts, Blackburn said.
"There's still that image of the 'computer geek' as being a male," she said. "There's a need to demystify technology for women and make it less intimidating and a more-inclusive career path for them."
In her current role at Dynamit, "I'm fortunate to work on a team that has a lot of women, but I've also worked at places where there were 30 people and I was the only woman," Blackburn said. "I'd like to have the chance to work with even more women in my field."
By the end of the Women, Wine and Web Design event, participants will have created an "About Me" web page.
"You shouldn't expect to be totally proficient or ready to start a career in front-end development after our workshop," Blackburn said. "But you're going to have some basic knowledge that will allow you to experiment with creating web pages at home or do more research on your own."
Doors for the event will open at 5:30 p.m. and participants will be able to enjoy light bites and wine. The workshop will begin at 6 p.m.
Participants will need to bring a Windows laptop computer or Macbook with Google Chrome installed and have prep materials available, including a headshot or photo of themselves; a few images to include on their web page; an introductory paragraph or two; and anything else they'd like to include on their web page, including a resume, portfolio information or interests.
Women, Wine and Web Design is being organized by getWITit (Women in Tech) and Tech Elevator, a Columbus coding boot camp and career network. It's sponsored by Rev1 Ventures.
The only other COSI Science Festival event in Grandview will be a science trivia night held by Excesss Trivia from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at Knotty Pine Brewing, 1765 W. Third Ave.
Admission is free.
COSI could not put on a four-day festival by itself, President and CEO Frederic Bertley said.
"We don't have the staff or the capacity," he said. "The key to make this work is through partnerships. They've been the bread and butter. That includes the 12 city mayors that have agreed to work with us.
"Putting this on at this scale has been possible through the partnerships we've been able to set up, and those partnerships helped us pick the sites," Bertley said.