Ladies Learning Code

Data Insights with Python for Beginners this Saturday

 

When: Saturday April 15th 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Where: CoMotion 302 at 302 Cumberland Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: @LLCHamOnt

Cost: $55

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamilton-data-insights-with-python-for-beginners-on-april-15th-tickets-33129597518

Details:

Python is a great language for beginners. It’s beautiful and clean-looking syntax means you’ll spend less time being confused (it looks sort of like English!), and more time understanding and applying the fundamentals of programming. Python has a wide variety of uses from creating web applications to hardware programming to data analysis and scientific computing.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the fundamental concepts of programming and how you can use this powerful tool to analyze data. You will learn how to read data from a file and extract useful insights for marketing and data analysis.

What will I have learned by the end of the workshop?

By the end of the workshop, you’ll know the answers to the following:

– What is programming?

– What is Python used for?

– How do I write and run a python program?

– How can I read & analyze data in a file?

You’ll be introduced to important concepts such as variables, types, conditionals and loops, and learn how to use an IDE to write more code even faster. (Not sure what any of that means? This workshop is perfect for you!)

Upcoming responsive design for beginners workshop

 

When: Saturday March 18th 2017 from 10:0am to 4:00pm

Where: Lister Block at 28 James Street North, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Ladies Learning Code (@llchamont)

Cost: $55

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamilton-responsive-design-for-beginners-build-mobile-friendly-websites-with-html5-css3-on-march-tickets-31779601644

Details:

For this workshop, we are going to take a super crazy, complicated website and make it mobile friendly using HTML5 and CSS. Bring with you an understanding of HTML and CSS or none at all; it’s not a requirement.

We will be teaching you how to design for multiple screen sizes, select content that makes sense for mobile and of course, unmask the mysterious yet widely discussed HTML5.

 

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

 

When: Tuesday March 7th 2017 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King St East, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Ladies Learning Code (@llchamont)

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamilton-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-on-march-7th-tickets-32001568553

Details:

Long gone are the days of Encyclopedia Britannica on the shelves of homes or trips to the library to complete a book report. Generations young and old are turning to the internet and resources like Wikipedia to discover important information about the world around them. The benefits are endless – technology has increased access and ease while minimizing many barriers that previously existed. Information now transcends rooms and borders turning anyone into an author or historian. But, women still remain underrepresented.

Wikipedia has a gender bias problem. Their own surveys have indicated that only about 8–16 percent of Wikipedia editors are female and a 2009 Wikimedia Foundation survey showed only six percent of super editors (more than 500 edits) were female. This is an issue for many reasons, including reports of harassment of female editors on Wikipedia forums.

The lack of female editors on Wikipedia also creates a bias in the content generated by their editor community. We need more women participating to ensure that women are represented equally in the massive fabric of human history that is Wikipedia. One approach to address this bias is running female edit-a-thons, which are growing in popularity and have taken place across the globe.

We are proud to be hosting a feminist edit-a-thon in partnership with Art + Feminism (http://www.artandfeminism.org/) to bring together our incredible community of women in Hamilton and bring some much-needed new knowledge to Wikipedia!

No experience necessary with editing or wikipedia but, you will need to bring a laptop (or let us know if you’ll need access to an extra one – we can facilitate that too!). All feminists welcome – men included!

The event is free but please register to indicate that you plan to attend. Organizers will email all registrants with important ahead-of-time preparation (just a few easy steps!) that you need in order to start editing right away at the event.

 

WordPress for beginners workshop later this month

 

When: Saturday January 28th 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Where: CoMotion On King at 115 King Street East (3rd Floor) Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Ladies Learning Code – Hamilton Chapter

Cost: $55

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamilton-wordpress-for-beginners-create-your-own-wordpress-theme-on-january-28th-tickets-30586413787

Details:

Whether you want to start your own blog, or your company website is run on it, WordPress allows you to update and create content easily, while allowing for your own style and customization. In this workshop, we will show you how to install WordPress, what it all means, and of course, how to edit a theme to make it your own.

This workshop has been designed for beginners who are interested in customizing and coding a WordPress theme from scratch. If you are familiar with working with pre-built WordPress themes or templates but want an introduction on how to customize an existing theme or building a theme yourself, you’ve come to the right place!

This workshop is designed for learners with some experience using WordPress.com (or have taken our Blogging for Beginners with WordPress workshop) and some very basic HTML & CSS.

See the registration link for full details!

 

National learn to code day workshop this Saturday

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When: Saturday September 24th 2016 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Where: CoMotion On King, 3rd Floor, 115 King Street East, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Ladies Learning Code Hamilton (@llchamont)

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamilton-national-learn-to-code-day-2016-interactive-stories-game-making-with-html-css-on-september-tickets-26414877610

Details:

From video games to interactive stories, digital media is a powerful way to make your message, cause, or idea stand out in a crowded online world.

Canada has become a major leader in the video game industry, yet, like most technology, only a small percentage of games are built by women.

In this hands-on, beginner-friendly workshop, you will create a game, quiz, or interactive story that’s centred on a case, community, or message that you care about while learning critical coding skills.

 

Code and coffee this Wednesday

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When: Wednesday June 29th 2016 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Where: The Café @ 1365 Main Street East, Hamilton, ON

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamilton-code-coffee-night-on-june-29th-tickets-26231459000

Organizer: Ladies Learning Code (@llchamont)

Details:

Want to continue working on a project you built at a workshop? Have a project of your own you need some help and inspiration to complete?

Join us for Code and Coffee!

Code and Coffee is an informal meetup to get together and code in a fun, social and collaborative environment. If you love our workshops you’ll enjoy connecting with others from the Ladies Learning Code community of learners and mentors. Similarly to our workshops, we’ll have some mentors available to help you with your projects but the real benefit of Code & Coffee is to connect with other learners and work through solving problems together!

There are no requirements to attend other than the willingness to collaborate and learn something new. Bring a project or we’ll have some available that you can work on! All levels of expertise are welcome just RSVP and bring your laptop and powercord.

 

Learning how to code

Originally posted on factore.ca/blog by Natalie Reid

 

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Web design has always been an area of interest for me. As a kid I always played with Paint, Pixel by Pixel, and eventually Photoshop as I got older. In University, I wanted to learn more about coding and design – so I signed up for some courses. I was excited to enhance my skills, but in the end, I found myself disappointed as the classes were very intensive and focused more on the theory than actually building things. I learned very little about design, I didn’t actually create anything, the course felt like a complex calculus class, and I was always the only woman sitting in the lecture. I gave up on learning, assuming it was too hard and just not right for me – until a few weeks ago when our Senior Designer, Meg, told our team about a great opportunity to learn code.

Meg is the Co-Lead for Ladies Learning Code Hamilton Chapter – a not-for-profit program, teaching women and youth how to code and build websites. She and the LLC team had a beginner course planned and I thought it would be a great opportunity to try the whole coding and design thing again, so I enrolled!

Going into the course I was a little nervous. I have zero background in using HTML or CSS and thought that my lack of knowledge might hold me back, but this wasn’t the case. Meg led the course and took the time to thoroughly explain each section, giving us time to test out each new step after explaining it. The mentors were there to assist every step of the way and could easily fix and show you the solutions to your problems.

By the end of the class each person had created their own personal web page with four sections, incorporating different colours, fonts, images, links, and text.

Walking out of the class I felt a sense of empowerment. I was able to create something that I thought would be very challenging, but to my surprise, it was simple and fun.

Programs like Ladies Learning Code are great for those who have very little knowledge about web development. And, in an industry dominated by men, they provide an environment targeted towards motivating women to learn how to code. It removes the barriers and stereotypes surrounding the tech world and creates an appealing atmosphere for women to learn.

One aspect that I felt really added to the empowerment of the course was the female mentors. There were two individuals that stuck out to me the most. The first attends McMaster University and is finishing her master’s program in computer science. Currently she has been working on implementing code and technology into electric cars soon to come onto the market. The second mentor started learning how to code by taking LLC courses. When introducing herself to our class she told us that she had taken 8 courses and had taught herself a lot of what she knows. Both of these two women fascinated me because one pushed herself to learn through programs such as LLC and the other is breaking down glass ceilings in the tech industry.

Inspiration flows through Ladies Learning Code’s programs in every aspect. If learning how to code has been sitting on your to-do list LLC is your perfect opportunity to get it checked-off. 

Code & Coffee Night on October 20th

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When: Tuesday October 20th 2015 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Where: Mulberry Street Coffeehouse @ 193 James Street North, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Ladies Learning Code (Hamilton chapter)

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamilton-code-coffee-night-on-october-20th-tickets-18975530322

 

WHAT IS CODE & COFFEE?

Want to continue working on a project you built at a workshop? Have a project of your own you need some help and inspiration to complete

Join us for Code and Coffee!

Code and Coffee is an informal meetup to get together and code in a fun, social and collaborative environment. If you love our workshops you’ll enjoy connecting with others from the Ladies Learning Code community of learners and mentors. Similarly to our workshops, we’ll have some mentors available to help you with your projects but the real benefit of Code & Coffee is to connect with other learners and work through solving problems together!

There are no requirements to attend other than the willingness to collaborate and learn something new. Bring a project or we’ll have some available that you can work on! All levels of expertise are welcome just RSVP and bring your laptop and powercord.

 

Coffee and code this Wednesday

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Event by Ladies Learning Code – Hamilton Chapter

 

When: Wednesday April 29th 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Where: factor[e] design initiative @ The Empire Times Building (301-41 King William St)

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamilton-code-coffee-night-on-april-29th-tickets-16372462476

 

WHAT IS CODE & COFFEE?

Want to continue working on a project you built at a workshop? Have a project of your own you need some help and inspiration to complete?

Join us for Code and Coffee!

Code and Coffee is an informal meetup to get together and code in a fun, social and collaborative environment. If you love our workshops you’ll enjoy connecting with others from the Ladies Learning Code community of learners and mentors. Similarly to our workshops, we’ll have some mentors available to help you with your projects but the real benefit of Code & Coffee is to connect with other learners and work through solving problems together!

There are no requirements to attend other than the willingness to collaborate and learn something new. Bring a project or we’ll have some available that you can work on! All levels of expertise are welcome just RSVP and bring your laptop and powercord.

 

WordPress for Beginners workshop this month

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When: Wednesday January 21st 2015 at 6:30 PM and Wednesday, January 28, 2015 @ 6:30pm

Where: Mills Hardware @ 95 King St. E. Hamilton, Ontario

Full Details + Registration: eventbrite.ca/e/hamilton-wordpress-for-beginners-create-your-own-wordpress-theme-on-january-21st-28th-tickets-15015693343

Organizer: Ladies Learning Code (Hamilton Chapter)

Whether you want to start your own blog, or your company website is run on it, WordPress allows you to update and create content easily, while allowing for your own style and customization. You don’t need to be technical to use it, but it can be really powerful if you get your hands dirty and work with the code. In this workshop, we will show you how to install WordPress, what it all means, and of course, how to edit a theme to make it your own.

This workshop has been designed for beginners who are interested in customizing and coding a WordPress theme from scratch. If you are familiar with working with pre-built WordPress themes or templates but want an introduction on how to customize an existing theme or building a theme yourself, you’ve come to the right place! This is also a great starting point for HTML/CSS developers to get their feet wet with developing for WordPress!