Orbital Studios Inc.
22 Wilson Street, Third Floor Hamilton, ON L8R 1C5
Phone: 905-977-8407

Ladies Learning Code workshop comes to Hamilton

When I initially heard that Hamilton would be hosting its first Ladies Learning Code workshop on national Learn to Code day, September 21st - I was immediately intrigued by the concept. It’s no secret that the majority of coders are of the male persuasion, and I loved the idea of seeing a bunch of ladies sharing in their journey of demystifying code together.

Ladies Learning Code in Hamilton, Ontario

I was pleased to see upon my arrival at the event, that I was not the only one who felt this way.
It was so great to see that there was a full house! 

I might add, that it was not just the number of attendees that impressed me. The number of people who were willing to volunteer as mentors for the day was also pretty extraordinary. In fact, our very own Nick Tomkin had offered his services as a mentor and was advised that with the huge number of people who were willing to sacrifice their Saturday’s to help out, they already had more than enough mentors participating!

The event was met with a tremendous amount of support from many other fantastic folks within our community as well. The generous people at Platform 302 were kind enough to donate their nifty little space to us, and the environment was wonderfully welcoming. To top it off, a nutritious and delicious lunch of salads and sandwiches crafted by Cake and Loaf  was the perfect fuel, helping us all to stay energized and focused throughout the afternoon portion of this all-day session.

Going into the event, I felt that I already had a pretty good grip on the basics of HTML & CSS, as a current student at McMaster University’s CCE Web Design & Development program. I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d really take too much away (other than a little fun) from this event. Thankfully, it turns out that I was able to take away quite a lot! I found that there were a number of concepts covered in the class that I was really only half grasping, that I now feel I’ve got a much better understanding of. 

Our instructor, Heather Payne, was clearly knowledgeable and did a superb job keeping us all on track (with the assistance of our experienced mentors, of course). The whole day was inspiring - full of women with varying levels of skill, who all got to walk-away from the session with their very own completed webpage built from scratch.

I was blown away by how much I learned from this experience and wish to send a big round of thanks off to all those who helped to make the day such a great day for those involved. I would love to see more of these events happening in Hamilton. Judging by the success of the first - I suspect that this is not something I will need to worry about!

Lindsay Kelly

Lindsay Kelly

Project Manager

Beginning her career as a Business graduate from Mohawk College, one of Lindsay’s strongest assets has always been her wide-range of skills and the diversity of her interests. Following five years of experience managing accounts within the financial sector, Lindsay could no longer ignore her observation that more and more business communications today are happening online. She became drawn to the idea of having the ability to not only communicate effectively on behalf of an organization, but also to have complete control over the outlet being used to promote a company’s image.

Driven by the desire to offer a wide range of multiple skills and services, Lindsay is currently enrolled in the Web Design and Deployment program at McMaster University, which she expects to complete in December, 2013.

As Orbital's Mission Control, Lindsay has effectively managed small, medium and large-scale projects from inception to deployment. 

More on Lindsay's favourite Hamilton hot-spots, customized pumpkins, and her love of timbits (and most things edible) can be found on Twitter, @l_kelly13.