How I would learn to code if I was starting today

Dec18

Sure, I’m biased, but hear me out.

I’d start by taking a couple of Ladies Learning Code workshops, just to make sure that I enjoy coding enough to become decent at it. I’d probably start with HTML & CSS and then JavaScript. Total cost: $50 per workshop plus tax.

Then I’d enroll in HackerYou’s part-time web development courses. The next part-time HTML & CSS course begins on January 20th, and the part-time Intro to Responsive Design (a worthwhile add-on) begins on March 3rd. Led by Wes Bos, HackerYou’s part-time web development courses always sell out. You’ll learn HTML5, CSS3 and Responsive Design from the ground up, and by the end of the courses you will have built three full websites from scratch. Total cost: $2477.88 plus tax.

Then I’d apply for HackerYou’s full-time web development immersive. The first cohort in January is sold out, but the second cohort begins on April 14th so the timing is perfect. Because going from the part-time courses into the full-time course makes tons of sense, HackerYou actually offers graduates of our part-time web development courses a $2000 discount on the full-time course. Total cost: $3982.30 plus tax.

Total time: Approximately five months
Total hours: Approximately 450
Total cost: $6560.18 plus tax ($7413 including tax, or about $1400 a month)

Sure, it’s a time commitment and it’s definitely a financial commitment. But after five months with HackerYou, you’ll be ready for a job as a professional developer. And if that’s something you’re going to love, it’s worth it.

To learn more about Ladies Learning Code, click here. To learn more about HackerYou, click here.

How to turn your WordPress site into a Windows 8 app – for free!

Apr01

As part of Ladies Learning Code‘s partnership with Microsoft this year, we’re working on helping beginners to launch apps in the Windows 8 app store. Part 1 of our effort involved workshops in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa on Windows 8 app design and/or development. The team at Nascent (one of our silver-level sponsors) did an incredible job of developing the content for those workshops (as well as an awesome to-do list app) and leading both a design and development workshop in Toronto. Thanks as well to Kharis O’Connell (@rmtwrkr) for leading our App Design workshop in Vancouver, and to Barbara Spanton (@_b_a_r_b_) for leading it in Ottawa.

Part 2 of our plan involves a cool tool developed by IdeaNotion that makes it easy for anyone – even beginners – to turn their WordPress site into a Windows 8 app. It’s called IdeaPress, and you can access it on any laptop, running any operating system that has an up-t0-date browser. We’re taking things one step further by offering to publish apps using Ladies Learning Code’s Windows store developer account (which costs $99 annually) using a Windows 8 device that we’ve borrowed from Microsoft. We’re aiming to help 50 beginners publish apps in the Windows 8 app store by April 5th. If you’d like one of them to be yours (and we hope you do!), please follow the simple steps below.

1. Make sure your website is compatible with IdeaPress

IdeaPress works with WordPress – both self-hosted WordPress.org as well as WordPress.com sites will work! If you have a self-hosted WordPress site (aka. WordPress.org), there’s just one tiny extra step that you need to do…

2. If you have a self-hosted WordPress site (aka. WordPress.org), you need to install the JSON API plugin.

Log in to the admin dashboard of your website and click on “Plugins” on the left menu bar. Click “Add new” at the top of the page. In the search bar, type “JSON API” and click “Search Plugins”. The JSON API plugin we’re looking for should be the first result (it’s the one by Dan Phiffer). Under the title, click “Install Now”. Activate it. If you don’t see an option to activate it, go to “Plugins” and then “Installed Plugins” and activate the JSON API plugin from there. Finally, go to “Settings” on the left menu bar. Click on “JSON API” and activate “Core”, “Response” and “Post” by clicking “Activate” under each word.

(If you have a WordPress.com site, you don’t have to do this step! Also, if you’d like to have me do the rest of these steps for you, I’m happy to! Just send me an email and let me know the URL of your WordPress site, and I’ll go right ahead and create an app for you!)

3. Go to IdeaPress.meClick “Get Started” on the homepage, and enter the address of your WordPress site as well as your email address. If you have a self-hosted WordPress site (WordPress.org) and you have the JSON API plugin installed, it will move you on to the next step.If you are converting a WordPress.com site, it will ask for one more piece of information – your Client ID and your Application Secret. To get those, follow these instructions (instructions coming soon!)

4. General Info

Give your app a name and a description. It’s worth spending some extra time on your description, because an unclear description that doesn’t clearly explain the value of the app will be rejected by the Windows 8 App store. Here are a few examples of descriptions that were accepted by the app store:

For Wesbos.com:

“Welcome, friends. You have reached the personal blog & portfolio of Wes Bos. I’m a designer, developer and entrepreneur from Toronto, Canada. Please take a look at my work gallery, read my blog or get in touch!”

For Hackeryou.com:

“HackerYou, based in Toronto, Canada, offers the city’s best part-time courses for people who want to learn to code. The recipe? Hands-on, project-based learning from industry-leading professionals. Small classes and a 10:1 ratio (or better!) of students to instructors. And a learning environment that’s social and collaborative. Make this year the year you finally learn to code – HackerYou can help get you there.

App features:

  • Check out upcoming courses
  • View upcoming workshops
  • Inquire about corporate training
  • Learn about the team behind HackerYou
  • Meet HackerYou’s advisors”

Make a note of your app description in a Word document or draft email – you’ll need it again later!

5. Content Configuration

Now is your chance to customize how your app looks. First, start by choosing which pages should be included in the app. For best results, choose pages with lots of content, as well as a unique image. I recommend avoiding including your “Home” page, if you have one, unless your homepage has content that is significantly different from what’s on your about page.You’ll also select which categories to include, and whether or not you’d like to include recent posts. I usually include all categories and recent posts.

6. Theme Configuration

Now is your chance to change the layout and colours of your app, and add images. This is where you can make your app look really polished. You’ll need a few different images – click here to download a file that includes blank files for each of the images you’ll need. You can use a program like Pixlr to add your logo, etc. to them.

  • Background image: 1366px by 768px (I usually just upload an image that’s completely white.)
  • Title image: 300px by 80px (This should be your logo – it goes on the top left-hand corner of your app)
  • Default article image: 252px by 168px (this image will appear anytime one of your posts or pages doesn’t have a photo)
  • Logo: 150px by 150px (kind of like an app icon)
  • Wide logo: 310px by 150px
  • Splash screen: 620px by 300 px
  • Screenshot: Later, you’ll also need a screenshot of your app which should be 1366px by 768px. You can create one by simply pasting your Splash Screen image onto an image that is 1366px by 768px. This mimics what the splash screen of your app looks like when someone first opens it.

7. Accept the terms of use and generate app package

Be sure to select “Generate App Package” from the options on the left side of the screen. In order to have Ladies Learning Code publish your app, you’ll need to enter the following information:

Privacy policy: If you have one of your own, you can modify it to be suitable for your app. Otherwise, just use the general one that we created for all apps published by Ladies Learning Code. Here’s the link: http://ladieslearningcode.com/privacy-policy

Identity Name: This has to be in the format of “MyCompany.OurAwesomeApp”. So, if Ladies Learning Code is going to publish your app, and you named it “Coolest App” (back in Step 4), your Identity Name would be “LadiesLearningCode.Coolest App”.

Publisher Name: If we’re going to submit your app for you, the Publisher Name should say “Ladies Learning Code”.

Publisher ID: Enter the following: CN=0332249A-B178-470E-8455-17DC36E0D37E

Terms of use and privacy policy: Tick the box if you accept!

Click “submit” to generate your app. It will be emailed to you.

8. Get Your App Published

Shortly, you’ll receive an email from IdeaPress that includes a download link. Forward that email to me at heather [at] ladieslearningcode.com and include the following:

a) Your app description (just paste it into the body of the email). If you forgot to make a note of your app description in Step 4, you can log in to IdeaPress, open your app from the dashboard and use the arrows to navigate to the app name and description page.

b) Your 1366 by 768 px screenshot (attach it to the email).

Once I receive your email, I’ll submit your app to the store and let you know when it’s live! Thanks for helping us reach our goal of 50 apps in the Windows 8 app store!

If you have any questions about the steps involved in turning your WordPress site into a Windows 8 app, feel free to get in touch with me at heather [at] ladieslearningcode.com. And if you have a WordPress-based website, please help us to reach out goal of helping 50 beginners publish apps in the Windows 8 app store by April 5th!

Now I’m Really an Entrepreneur

Jun06

I’ve wanted to be an entrepreneur for a long time. Not when I was in university (back then, I wanted to be CEO of a Fortune 500 company), but sometime between graduating and landing my first real job, I realized that I just wasn’t going to be able to make a career out of working for the man. Even after that realization, it’s taken me a long time to get here. As of today, though, I’m really an entrepreneur. And I’m effing excited about it.

(Want to skip to my new venture? It’s called HackerYou. Click here to visit the site, click here to read our press release, and click here to follow us on Twitter.)

When I moved to Toronto in May of 2010 (you know, after living in China for 15 months and then dropping out of grad school), I wanted to join a startup. But, of course, I didn’t know a single person in Toronto’s tech or startup communities, and as a recent grad, I didn’t exactly have people clamouring to hire me…to do anything. I was lucky to land a job through Laura Plant (yes, the one from Ladies Learning Code) and I worked for a year at a big company. And that was enough of that.

Just before I left BigCorp Inc. to join a startup as employee #2, I was in LA for work. And if you’ve heard of Ladies Learning Code, you know the story. I stumbled upon an event via Women 2.0. Run by the PyLadies, it was a workshop designed for women who were beginners to Python but ready to learn, which described me perfectly. It was their first workshop ever, and it was great, and I returned to Toronto and tweeted about how we should have a similar group here. Almost immediately, I started receiving emails from people who were interested in the idea, and when I’d received about a dozen, I planned this event. 85 people registered, there was a great turnout, and as a group we decided to run our first workshop exactly a month later. About 20 people were involved in pulling that first event off – it sold out in a day, and was definitely a success! I was surprised, and really excited.

We started planning workshops every month, and they started selling out faster and faster – like, sell-out-in-five-minutes fast. By the end of 2011, my team (by now, four of us) made the decision to start offering two workshops a month. Now, almost 2000 women (and men) have participated in a Ladies Learning Code workshop. Over 400 developers and designers have signed up to volunteer their time. We run a March Break and summer camp for 9 to 13 year old girls. And just yesterday, we announced that we’re going to be offering a couple workshops in Vancouver this summer.

But although I definitely accept the compliments offered to myself and my team for the job we’ve done in starting and growing Ladies Learning Code, and although I truly appreciate being considered an entrepreneur, I haven’t felt like one. Not until today.

Maybe it’s because Ladies Learning Code is a not-for-profit. Maybe it’s because I got lucky, stumbled onto the idea, and just held on for dear life. Maybe it’s because the point of Ladies Learning Code was never to find a repeatable and scaleable business model (I mean, the thing has a business model, but it sure as hell doesn’t scale. Not easily, anyway.) Maybe it’s a combination of all of those things. It might even just be in my head. But I just haven’t felt like an entrepreneur yet.

Either way, it all changes today. Today is the day that I’m making a specific decision to bring something into this world that wouldn’t exist otherwise. I’m putting my money where my mouth is by making an investment in turning this idea into reality. In line with Steve Blank’s definition of a startup, my purpose now is to find a repeatable and scalable business model. And this time, I want to do something that will have a positive impact and make a profit, because I believe it’s possible to do both.

Want to see what my team and I built? Check it out: http://hackeryou.com. And be sure to follow us on Twitter – we’re @thisishackeryou.

Defining the role of a teacher

Apr02

(From Seth Godin’s “Stop Stealing Dreams“)

It used to be simple: the teacher was the cop, the lecturer, the source of answers, and the gatekeeper to resources. All rolled into one.

A teacher might be the person who is capable of delivering information. A teacher can be your best source of finding out how to do something or why something works.

A teacher can also serve to create a social contract or environment where people will change their posture, do their best work, and stretch in new directions. We’ve all been in environments where competition, social status, or the direct connection with another human being has changed us.

The Internet is making the role of content gatekeeper unimportant. Redundant. Even wasteful.

If there’s information that can be written down, widespread digital access now means that just about anyone can look it up. We don’t need a human being standing next to us to lecture us on how to find the square root of a number or sharpen an axe.

(Worth stopping for a second and reconsidering the revolutionary nature of that last sentence.)

What we do need is someone to persuade us that we want to learn those things, and someone to push us or encourage us or create a space where we want to learn to do them better.

If all the teacher is going to do is read her pre-written notes from a PowerPoint slide to a lecture hall of thirty or three hundred, perhaps she should stay home. Not only is this a horrible disrespect to the student, it’s a complete waste of the heart and soul of the talented teacher. Teaching is no longer about delivering facts that are unavailable in any other format.

[Note from Heather: This post from Seth Godin makes me think about what we’re doing at Ladies Learning Code. Somehow, we’ve made almost 1000 women (and men) into passionate learners – for a day, at least – about a topic they otherwise might not explore. Sure, we use slides. But there’s something about the experience that puts Ladies Learning Code workshops in a new category. This isn’t school.

I find it pretty interesting to note that most of our Lead Instructors and Mentors are in a teaching role for the first time ever when they join us at a Ladies Learning Code workshop. And no one on the Ladies Learning Code team has a background in education. The funny thing about that is that it might be why what we’re doing works.]

Date an Entrepreneur – Female Edition

Aug19

(Based on “Date an Entrepreneur” by Bridget Porowski and “Date a Girl Who Reads” by Rosemarie Urquico)

Date an entrepreneur. Date a girl who spends her money on iPads and web apps instead of trips to the mall. A girl who doesn’t mind being told that her idea isn’t going to catch on. One who’s kept a running list of things she’s wanted to change since she was a kid.

Find an entrepreneur. You’ll know that she is one because she will always have her smart phone out. She’s the one skimming TechCrunch and Women 2.0, the one who can’t stop talking when she finds the idea she wants. Yes, she has a new idea to tell you about every week and yes, most of them will end up in her desktop Recycle Bin. But that’s what makes her great. You see a strange girl scribbling madly on an empty page in her notebook? That’s the entrepreneur. She can never resist a new opportunity, especially when it’s risky.

She’s the girl wearing jeans and a casual but stylish blazer while meeting with investors. She’s on her laptop at the coffee shop down the street. Her coffee is cold because she’s kind of mentally occupied. Lost in a world where anything’s possible and each no gets you one step closer to a yes. Sit down and chat. (She’ll give you a look because people are always sitting down to chat with her.) Ask her about her idea, product or service. Let her talk about product-market fit, angel investors, and IPO’s. If you dare to interrupt her she’ll give you a look, as most girls who create do not like to be interrupted. Try giving her a problem to fix, but only if you really want it fixed and fixed right. Ask her for her help or advice.

She’ll tastefully give it, while somehow making it seem like it was your idea all along. Funny how she manages that, isn’t it?

Let her know what you really think of [insert newsworthy startup story here]. Ask her for her honest opinion. Understand that if she says she understands calculus and teaches Python  to #ladieslearningcode she’s telling the truth – women don’t tend to exaggerate those things too much. Her economic predictions aren’t spot-on – but these days, whose are? It doesn’t matter, though, because she’s obsessed with generating revenue & profit and does a great job of saving her piece of it. She knows that she has to take care of herself. She’ll rub off on you, and before you know it you too will carefully compare grocery store prices by the ounce.

It’s easy to date an entrepreneur. Give her amazon gift cards – and jewelry – for Christmas and her birthday. Give her the gift of ideas while also making her feel special about being exactly who she is. Understand that, on your anniversary, she might be in New York doing a demo or in San Francisco talking to potential investors – and forgive her for it. Her team might need her to finish their new build on the 14th, so don’t be shocked if she asks to celebrate Valentine’s Day a day later so you can be together (and take advantage of half-price chocolate). Let her know that you understand that ideas are love. Understand that she knows the difference between the present and the future, but she’s going to try to make life a little more like her vision for the future. Don’t try to stop her – there’s no point.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. Like all self-assured people, she’ll understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: incentives, motivation, meaning, implication…it will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because an entrepreneur knows how to create opportunity from failure. Because an entrepreneur understands that nothing truly comes to an end. That you can always create something from nothing. That you can recreate again and again and still be the heroine. That life is meant to have a challenge or two. Besides, it’s a good reminder that she has to focus on being the best she can be – for herself first.

Why be frightened of everything that you lack? Entrepreneurs understand that people, like companies, grow. She will help you realize your potential. She will study you more than anyone. She’ll figure you out. That’s when you’re really in trouble.

You’ll want to propose to her long before she’s ready. She’s got a world to change, she’s always saying, and she’s in no rush. You’ll try to very casually slip it in dozens of times, always somehow losing your nerve at the last minute. Eventually, it will happen – via Skype. When you least expect it to. And the seconds before she says yes will feel like hours. But if you’re lucky, she’ll say yes.

If you find a girl who creates, keep her near. When you find her up at 2 AM wrestling over her latest idea, make her a cup of tea and don’t be afraid to sit in silence. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the projections in her head and her Google Spreadsheets are reality, because someday, they will be.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart doesn’t burst. Together you will create the vision for your lives. You might even have kids together. If you do, they’ll have strange ideas and even stranger imaginations. They’ll have the best lemonade stand in the city. She will introduce your children to Lego and math and consideration and beauty and generosity and building robots and cooking and JavaScript, maybe in the same day. You will love her more than anything and your relationship will always feel new and fresh, because ideas never get old. Because she’ll mess with your computer, but never your heart.

Date an entrepreneur because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most vibrant life imaginable. Share your dreams with her, let her show you better ways of doing things and let her know you love her for who she is. If you want the world and the universe beyond it, date an entrepreneur.

So, Who’s Instructing the First-Ever Ladies Learning Code Workshop?

Jul29

For more info about Ladies Learning Code, follow us on Twitter or check out our Facebook Page. We also have a Tumblr account here. If you’d like to join our email list (180+ subscribers already!), click here.

Ever since launching #ladieslearningcode a bit over a month ago, the support from Toronto’s developer community has been incredibly heart-warming and super encouraging. Our developer email list (for people interested in helping us as instructors) has grown to over 50 people in just a few weeks. Even though we launched our August 6th workshop (and guaranteed a 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio) without confirming with any potential instructors about getting involved, we felt confident that the developer community would come together and support us. And have they ever.

So, who’s instructing the first-ever #ladieslearningcode workshop? Check out the bios below to find out!

Lead Instructor: Pearl Chen (@androidsnsheep | Google+)
Research & Tech Manager at CFC Media Lab

Why is Ladies Learning Code important to you?

For my entire professional career (especially while freelancing as a web developer), I have never found myself working with another professional female developer (except once when I was involved in the hiring process). So…where are you, ladies? What scared you off? I hope Ladies Learning Code will help me answer this.

 

 

Crystal Preston-Watson (@jadedskipping | www.crystalprestonwatson.com)
Owner, Discrete Signal

Why is Ladies Learning Code important to you?

#ladieslearningcode is important to me because I think it can be it a key element in destroying the myth that women can’t (or don’t want to) be programmers. By reaching out to women who are interested and desire to learn programing and giving them not only the tools but a supportive environment to learn, we not only shape their futures but the future of tech as a whole.

 


Amrita Mathur (@amritamathur | www.techkik.com)
Director, Marketing at PriceMetrix Inc.

Though Amrita won’t be instructing (she started her career as a developer but is a marketer now), she has been an enormous help in planning and prepping for the workshop.

Why is Ladies Learning Code important to you?

Having worked in the high-tech sector all my life, I had almost come to accept a work environment that was male dominated. I was on a lot of sports teams as a kid, plus I took Computer Science in University (with all of 11 women in my class), so working and dealing with men has never been an issue.

What has been a problem though is a lack of the female perspective in product development, design and user experience. As more and more consumer apps and products come out, I find myself thinking – hey, wouldn’t it be better if women designed this stuff?! So many of these products are social, and women currently dominate social media and social product usage. Then how come women aren’t developing and designing these products? Doesn’t it make sense that women have more ownership of these products?

It was so obvious. We absolutely needed to see more women in tech… and in development and design specifically!

This is a big part of why I relished the chance to join and grow LadiesLearningCode in Toronto. My selfish motivation of course is that I would welcome and enjoy having more women to work with in the tech industry; but more than that, I wish to eventually help change the thinking of younger women getting into schools and colleges. I want them to understand that being in tech doesn’t have to be mind-numbing or painful, but rather an opportunity to shape the technologies that propel our lives.

I am grateful and enthusiastic to have joined a group of rich, diverse women to help make this happen.

Mike Conley (@mike_conley | http://www.mikeconley.ca)
Thunderbird Developer at Mozilla

What are you passionate about?

The web!  Keeping the web open and accessible as a communications and innovations medium.  When I’m not working on Thunderbird, I enjoy working on open-source software (Review Board, MarkUs), and writing music / doing sound design for independent theater companies in Toronto.

Why did you decide to get involved with Ladies Learning Code?

I was referred by Greg Wilson, my M.Sc. supervisor.

Gavin Lobo
University of Ontario Institute of Technology, grad student, research assistant, tutorial instructor

What are you passionate about?

Teaching,  Science, Mathematics,  Programming

Why did you decide to get involved with Ladies Learning Code?

I thought it was a great idea to encourage women to get involved with programming!

 

Jay Goldman (@jaygoldman | http://jaygoldman.com)
VP Strategy at Klick

Special thanks to Jay and his team at Klick for hosting our workshop dry run on August 3rd. We appreciate it!)

What are you passionate about?

My beautiful daughter, Sophie. Having her fundamentally changed everything in my life. It made me want to reshape this world for her — to fill it with sunshine and possibilities and open doors. She just turned two and is working hard on colours and the alphabet, so JavaScript might be a little advanced, but I’ll bring out to one of the future events :)

Why did you decide to get involved with Ladies Learning Code?

I have a deep technology background and have always fought against the male domination of my industry, trying hard to create opportunities for women whenever possible. Sophie has only accelerated that, and #ladieslearningcode is an excellent first step toward making sure she has a future in this business if she wants it.

Phyliss Lee (@phyllers | http://phyllers.wordpress.com)
Research Technician at the Princess Margaret Hospital

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about getting more women in technology and engineering, but also interested in human computer interaction and user experience design.

Why did you decide to get involved with Ladies Learning Code?

I think that it’s important for more women to to get into technology and engineering. As a teenager I was told that I shouldn’t go into computer science because it was all men, but being female shouldn’t be a limitation on what I can and can not become. In a graduating high school class of 80 young women, only 5 went into a technical (engineering or computer science) field. I want to see more women becoming software developers and engineers.

Christina Truong (@christinatruong | http://christinatruong.com)
Front-end Developer at Teehan+Lax

Christina will be presenting one of two “Lightning Talks” at our August 6th workshop. We hope she’ll hang around for a bit with us, too!

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about the web industry of course! In addition to that I love food and trying different restaurants and I LOVE SHOES!  I have 30+ pairs.

Why did you decide to get involved with Ladies Learning Code?

I thought it was a good opportunity to get more women involved in the technology field and to be an example for those who may be interested in getting into the development side of things.  I also hope to help those who are non-developers but work in the web industry to get more of an understanding of what exactly web developers do.

Laurie MacDougall Sookraj (@lmds)
Senior Analyst @ University Health Network

What are you passionate about?

Taking broken software and making it work, building stuff that’s useful to people and helps them to do their work more effectively.  Also hammocks, cupcakes, and martinis.

Why did you decide to get involved with Ladies Learning Code?

Seemed like a good way to encourage people to get involved with technology, which can sometimes be intimidating, especially for women in a world where the gender imbalance in computer science often looks like 10 men to every 1 woman.  It’s fun to see the satisfaction of making something work that you built yourself, and of learning something new, especially for people who have never done this sort of thing before.

Svetlana Kolupaeva (@skolupaeva)
Java developer / Team leader @ Exigen

Why did you decide to get involved with Ladies Learning Code?

Oh, I had plenty of reasons and it was a perfect timing for me to run into #ladieslearningcode on the web :)
I’m new to Toronto. I am a woman in technology. And I feel doing ‘the right thing’ by supporting ideas that touch me.

 

Monika Piotrowicz
Interactive Developer

What are you passionate about?

I absolutely love being a web developer.  I feel so lucky  to be in a field where I can collaborate with people and learn new things every day.  Whether it’s fixing a bug, or seeing a site go live, it’s very rewarding to know that I’m part of building something that hopefully others may find useful, informative, or entertaining. When I’m not in front of a screen, I love trying out new recipes, watching movie marathons, and playing the very distinguished sport of dodgeball! :)

Why did you decide to get involved with Ladies Learning Code?

I thought this sounded like a great initiative to introduce web development to women and also saw it as a chance to meet some like-minded ladies!  The Toronto tech scene in general is a really great community, so I also wanted to give something back.  I hope there will be more and more Ladies Learning Code after this event!

Melissa Luu (@melissa_s_luu)
Interface developer at Nurun

What are you passionate about?

Traveling and food.

Why did you decide to get involved with Ladies Learning Code?

I decided to get involved with Ladies Learning Code because I would like to help educate others with what is involved in the web development. This includes providing new developers with insight into this field and also helping marketers and PMs understand the real complexity of the web development process.

Emir Hasanbegovic (@phigammemir | www.emirweb.com)
Agile Engineer at Xtreme Labs Inc.

What are you passionate about?

Developing core infrastructures that can be used as tools over and over again.

Why did you decide to get involved with Ladies Learning Code?

(From the editor: Emir neglected to include a response here, but I have a sneaking suspicion that he is helping us out on August 6th because his girlfriend – and my very good friend – @lauralynplant is reponsible for Developer Outreach…and yes, that means you should contact her if you’d like to run a workshop! If you just want to help out, join our developer email list.)

Jon Lim (@jonlim | www.jonlim.ca)
Product Manager of PostageApp, The Working Group

Jon will be our official photographer and videographer on August 6th. Smile, everyone!

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about building awesome things, or helping other people build awesome things. If I love your cause or your project, I will probably sing about it from the mountain tops.

Why did you decide to get involved with Ladies Learning Code?

At The Working Group, we have a team of amazing coders who produce quality code and it was a no-brainer to get involved. In addition, I could personally contribute with my camera, and what a better way to document all of the amazing women (and men!) who are involved in the process.

Thank you to everyone who has offered to help us…

There are too many of you – it will have to be an entirely different blog post. Plus, it’s 1:45 am and I want to go to bed.

Can’t wait for August 6th!