This is a guest post from Kelly McGregor, who is spearheading the local LLC chapter.
Ladies Learning Code is coming to Kitchener-Waterloo! We’re thrilled to be launching our latest chapter in Canada’s technology triangle, and personally I’m even more thrilled to be launching a chapter in the hometown of my alma mater. (Register now!)
Having attended the University of Waterloo (many, many years ago!) I’ve watched the KW community transform from a sleepy university town to a bustling technology and entrepreneurship hub. As technology enthusiasts we all know that coding is a valuable life skill and can add value to our professional and personal live. But many women and men don’t have the time and resources required to learn fundamental coding skills, or don’t have access to programming that is welcoming, collaborative, and taught at a pace that they can follow. It’s time to change this approach to learning to code!
That’s what Ladies Learning Code is all about, and why I’m so proud to be a part of this organization. Our open, collaborative workshops encourage men and women to sit on an equal playing field while learning beginner-friendly coding skills. Whether you’ve never seen a line of code before in your life, or you’re interested in brushing up your existing skills, our workshops offer a fun way to learn the fundamentals of running a website, writing a blog, and publishing content to the internet.
Our first event in KW is April 12, and we’ll be learning Introductory HTML and CSS. HTML and CSS are the backbone of the Internet, and learning basic HTML/CSS provides you with a strong foundation to manage a website, or to move on to learning other languages and more advanced techniques. Find out more details and sign up for this workshop.
If you already know how to code, and perhaps are involved with coding on a regular basis, we still hope you’ll join us! We’re also looking for volunteer mentors who are interested in working one-on-one with students to learn these fundamental coding skills. Our standard mentor ratio is 4 students to every 1 mentor, so there’s lots of time for hands-on learning and teaching opportunities. If you’re interested, head over to our registration page and sign up as a mentor.
If you have any questions or comments about our Kitchener-Waterloo chapter you can reach out to me directly at any time. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, and I hope to see you soon!