Friday November 17 at the new 101 distillery and brew house in Gibsons. Anytime 5:00 onwards. We have a few tables reserved for the group. No formal agenda – just a chance to connect with others who work in the tech space and share similar / complementary sets of skills and interests. After 7pm if 101 gets too crowded we will move across the street to the Blackfish pub. Future meetups you ask? Always open to members initiating events!
Have your say in the future opportunities for the Sunshine Coast Campus of Capilano University and the Sunshine Coast community. Check out this link to take part in polls, surveys, and discussions. Your help is greatly appreciated! https://www.placespeak.com/capusunshinecoast
Calling all girls ages 8-12!
Join us for this hands-on coding workshop led by women from the Sunshine Coast who work in the tech sector.
This workshop is designed for girls ages 8-12 who have some basic knowledge of the Scratch programming language. You can learn enough Scratch to participate in this workshop by working through the exercises in Stages 1 to 8 here: http://studio.code.org/s/
Parents – are you interested in learning more about coding and technology? You are invited to a parents learn to code and tech Q&A session happening at the same time. Parents – if possible, please bring your own laptop or tablet device to follow along. Computers will be provided for the girls.
Question? Contact us at email@example.com
Registration is limited to 24
The @SCtechhub community spring meetup will be on Sunday April 23, 3-5pm. Details are being posted on our Slack channel.
Do you work in the tech sector and live on the Sunshine Coast – but have not yet joined the community on #Slack? Drop us an email to get an invitation to our #Slack community forum – connect @ sctechhub.ca with the answer to our ‘I am not a robot’ question, “what is your favourite Sunshine Coast (BC) beach?”
code.org is an amazing organization dedicated to giving every kid an opportunity to learn code. fun for adults too. Their sandbox environment studio.code.org has self-paced online courses for every age range. Super fun for kids and parents to explore together – and then kids can keep going on their own. Angry birds, gaming, design, …
scratch is an open source coding language for kids. MIT has created a great online studio for kids to learn code. tons of how to videos, sample projects, etc. This is the site we used at the first girls learning code day in November 2016.
Here is the link for exploring the new BC Curriculum for STEM learning.
Here are some connected devices that you can program to do things in the physical world
electronic prototyping / IoT/ sensors / robotics
Arduino is another open source electronic prototyping platform
scratch mentioned above is a great environment for coding basic games
Have you found some great resources? Please share with the group by sending us an email.
Here is a quick recap of the girls learning code workshop held Saturday November 12. This 20 second video sums it up.
First thanks to the organizations who stepped up in practical ways to help make the event happen – Capilano University, Community Resource Center, Connecting Self Employed Women for Success (CSEWS) project of the Community Resource Centre, and the Sunshine Coast Film Society .
The coding workshop sold out in 6 days with a waiting list. 24 girls & their adult co-learner came out for 3 hours of learning to code using Scratch, a free online visual coding environment. 7 women from the @SCtechhub community led and mentored the session.
Aha moment for us was when we were struggling with how to create a shared portfolio in Scratch. One of the girls confidently came up to the front and showed us how to do it. Nice.
Here are the course notes.
Here is a great first exercise in Scratch.
The evening film CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap was a hard hitting look at gender and minority participation in the tech sector. The film provoked a good post discussion around what we can do locally to support girls being exposed and welcomed in the STEM subjects. Look forward to hearing more from SD46 about STEM curriculum that we hear is coming.
Here are discussion notes from the film
Definite interest to keep the learning going. We are doing a survey of the workshop participants to gather their ideas. Interested in the idea? Lets connect connect <at> sctechhub.ca
GIRLS: Make Games, Learn Code, Have Fun!
GIRLS LEARNING CODE DAY
Make Games, Learn Code, Have Fun.
Oh darn. We are SOLD OUT for the afternoon workshop but still have space for the evening award winning documentary film on gender bias in the sector.
But wait, before you go ….
To hear about future Girls Coding events – just drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘GIRLS CODING EVENTS’ and we will keep you in the loop.
Lise, Laurie, Alison, Michelle, Lisa & supporting crew
Saturday, November 12 is National Girls Learning Code Day, and in celebration of the event, local community partners have come together to help girls start coding, and help the community explore the gender gap in the tech sector.
The first event, a Girls Learning to Code workshop, is a fun hands-on introduction to code for girls aged 8 to 12 using Scratch (www.scratch.mit.edu), an internationally acclaimed easy programming language for kids. The workshop will be held in Capilano University’s computer lab, so registrants do not need their own equipment.
The session runs from 1 to 4 pm on Nov. 12 and will be led by a team of women volunteers who work in the tech industry. There is room for up to 24 girls accompanied by an adult. Registration for this event is $10 at Share There
That evening, parents, educators and other interested community members are invited to a free screening of the film CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. This 2015 award winning U.S. documentary exposes the lack of female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide.
The film highlights breakthrough efforts that are producing more diverse programmers and shows how this critical gap can be closed. CODE asks: what would society gain from having more women and people of color code, and how do we get there? A discussion will follow the film.
The screening will be held at 7 pm Nov. 12 at Capilano University. It is free, but people are asked to register in advance via Share There.
Girls Learning Code day is being made possible by Capilano University, www.SCtechhub.ca, the Community Resource Centre and the Sunshine Coast Film Society. For more information visit http://sctechhub.ca or call (604) 790-1845.
Post event wrap:
Turned out to be a great evening of learning and connecting in Sechelt for the 35 people who came out.
Owyn Cramer (15) kicked off the evening with a lightning talk on 3D work he is leading with www.getmakered.com – as they head down to OSCON in Texas in late May.
Derek Andersen brought a whole collection of tricks for leading edge deployment of cattle style infrastructure. Derek is awesome and makes my head spin in new directions every time he generously shares his latest work with the group.
Robin Chauhan w/ www.pathwayi.com wrapped the lightning talks with his early prototype time bank solution.
Then we welcomed Tom Keenoy www.kitestrings.io from the Comox Valley. Tom shared his story from Brooklyn to Startup life in Courtney. The “how-to” and what “not to do” moments of being a tech entrepreneur shifting from a service to product venture.
Lots of great connections forming within our community – and coming from this event – connections across the region into the mid/North Island where some pretty interesting tech success stories are emerging. Check out www.innovationisland.ca for profiles.
What’s next? Conversation continues on our #Slack forum. Details for joining up are on the home page. Hint … it involves a beach. Fall in-person meetup. Post event debrief and planning channel is active in #Slack – would be awesome to connect with you there.
Thank you to our community sponsors – who all said “yes” quickly when asked to support our tech community.
Lots happening in April!
Innovation Island is coming back to the coast on Wed/Thurs April 27/28 to deliver 3 more invaluable workshops for entrepreneurs pursuing innovative ideas (registration links below, and this blog post on the partnership with Innovation Island and the Sunshine Coast).
Then on the Thursday evening we will be having our spring tech community meetup starting at 6pm with tech lightning talks and pizza. At 7’ish we will welcome our guest speaker Tom Keenoy of Medium Rare Interactive, makers of Kitestrings.
All the events are all happening at the Seaside Center in Sechelt – thanks to the support of the District of Sechelt.
Thanks to our community meetup supporters:
Our tech community announcements are now being handled via our #Slack forum. Lots of discussion from design to linux to edtech happening in the channels. Send a note to connect <> sctechhub <> ca to get an invite. Just mention your favourite Sunshine Coast beach to let us know you are not a bot.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
- Startup 101 – Crash Course on What it REALLY Takes! | 10am – 12pm: https://www.picatic.com/startup101-sechelt
Thursday, April 28, 2016
- Team Building | 9am – 12pm: https://www.picatic.com/teambuilding-sechelt
Thursday, April 28, 2016
- The Pros & Cons of Bootstrapping | 1pm – 4pm: https://www.picatic.com/bootstrapping-sechelt