National Learn to Code Day + HTML & CSS Resources

National Learn to Code Day participants - at the beginning of the workshop.

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.

Mentoring at National Learn to Code Day

Some of the participants at National Learn to Code Day, hosted by Shopify Toronto on September 27, 2014.

My table of learners at National Learn to Code Day: Bojana, Rachel, Sarah, Kira, Sharon, Rachel, Kathleen, and Grace.

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.

Beyond the Code: Not Your Average Tech Conference

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.

View outside the Ottawa Convention Centre, the location of Beyond the Code.

View outside the Ottawa Convention Centre, the location of Beyond the Code.

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.

Back to School with HackerYou: Javascript & Jquery

Workshop participants at Ladies Learning Code's Intro to Jquery class in August 2014

Ladies Learning Code’s Intro to Jquery workshop (August 2014)

I’m super excited to announce that I’m taking HackerYou’s first ever Intro to Javascript & Jquery and Advanced Javascript & Jquery classes this fall. It starts this Monday, September 15th.

I’m ready to get a serious crash course in Javascript & Jquery! I know Wes Bos will be an amazing instructor and I can’t wait to take my web development skills to the next level.

Working Title Press: Alison Judd

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 Judd and Susan Van Der Beek preparing the logs for printing.

Alison and Susan work prepare the wood for printing.

IMG_8784_MelissaJeanClark_WorkingTitlePress-web Miles Ingrassia printing Alison Judd's "Logjam"

Miles Ingrassia printing for Alison Judd’s “LogJam” body of work.