On Saturday September 27, 2014, Ladies Learning Code held their second annual National Learn to Code Day (#llcCodeDay). In seventeen cities across Canada, over 700 men, women, and children participated in twenty-two workshops on HTML & CSS. Melissa Sariffodeen from Ladies Learning Code mentioned that 4 workshops were happening simultaneously – just in Toronto!
Last year I attended the first annual National Learn to Code Day as a learner, and this year I returned to mentor. Connie Leung led the workshop in Shopify‘s beautiful offices, and a team of mentors (Chris, Joi, and more) helped the learners keep up with the content.
Mentors are a huge part of the why Ladies Learning Code workshops are so successful. In a traditional classroom (ie. university) there is only one instructor and it’s easy to fall behind. At Ladies Learning Code workshops, there is a mentor for every table. This is amazing for everyone involved.
This past Friday, September 19th, I attended the first ever Beyond the Code conference in Ottawa, Ontario, sponsored by Shopify. The event was absolutely wonderful.
Every detail of the event, from the speaker’s topics, to the workshops, the healthy lunch, delicious coffee and snacks came together to show the organizer’s attention to detail and passion for creating an accessible, amazing day. The affordable ticket ($75 – 100 – including any workshop) cost ensured a wide variety of people were able to attend.
Beyond the Code was different than any other tech conference I’ve attended or even heard of. The most obvious difference?
All fifteen speakers and panelists at Beyond the Code were women.
— Pearl Chen (@PearlChen) September 19, 2014
I recently had the chance to photograph the artists at work during OCADU’s inaugural Residency Program at Working Title Press. Coordinated by lead printer, Nicholas Shick, the printmaking artists collaborated with technicians to produce some fantastic work.
I never took any printmaking classes while I studied at OCAD, it was really neat to see just how many steps it takes to make a single print. Printmakers must be very patient people!
LogJam by Alison Judd
The first project I photographed was Alison Judd‘s LogJam. Technicians Leah Ataide, Miles Ingrassia, Susan Van Der Beek, lead printer Nicholas Shick and Alison all collaborated over the many steps in the printing process.
Alison and Susan work prepare the wood for printing.
Miles Ingrassia printing for Alison Judd’s “LogJam” body of work.