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SC COVID19 Digital Response Roster

  • Update September 2020: roster has shifted to standby.  See post above on DER3 program for local businesses seeking digital strategy advice, and digital service providers interested in connecting with new local/regional customers.

April 15, 2020:  Sunshine Coast COVID19 Digital Responders

We are 24+ professionals from the SC tech community who have formed a roster of digital responders ready to help local business, organizations, and our community figure out how to live, work, and stay connected in the digital space, and get through the COVID19 pandemic together.

Where can we help?

Has the ‘new normal’ created a pointy problem for your business or organization where a digital strategy and specific tech skills are needed for you to survive and thrive? Is this digital capacity otherwise not available?   Below are some ways where we might be able to help.

What digital skills are available?

Well, within the group we have folks with almost every digital skill ready to contribute their professional experience from working locally and globally. We will form small teams with you to creatively thinking about the problem and where possible design and deliver a solution.

I need digital help.  How should I connect with the group?

Lets start with a conversation to see if there is a fit between your needs and the skills in our group. For the first cohort, we are prioritizing our cycles for local business pivoting to survive, and organizations moving forward with COVID19 community response and support.  You can reach the roster by email connect [at]

Some ways we might help?

For local retail business owner shifting to a hybrid business model:
• connect with your customers through new channels: smart interactive social media engagement, email contact management using Mailchimp or other services, virtual chat on your website
• get started and avoid the downsides of the Google suite of information tools
• pivot your walk-up traffic to online order fulfillment using integrated product showcase and e-commerce tools such as Shopify or other services,
• build out other ways to grow your digital connections: digital photography tips and tricks, podcasting

For organizations working remotely together:
• tips and tricks for effective workforce collaboration using MS Teams, Slack, Zoom, …
• protect mission critical and private information and devices through cybersecurity protocols and tools
• secure remote access to organization networks using VPN techology

For our community as we rely on our devices:
• supporting digital literacy learning on staying connected (and keeping up with) the grandkids and working through tech frustrations
• can you help me … AMA drop-in tech office hours
• for parents as kids look for ways to connect with each other and online tutors

For organizations leading community response:
• support to vulnerable populations including helping seniors stay connected
• info management systems for collaboration, coordination and engagement; when email, docs, and spreadsheets are not quite working for the long run
• new tools and processes for information sharing through interaction, visualization, and data transparency

Wind Chill Meetup

A brave group of 20 gathered at TapWorks for our winter meetup. Fairly sure it was the coldest night ever for a beer on the patio.

Ryan Czech jumped on the bench to let us know good news on co-working space.  With support from the Fuse coworking hub is expanding to 3 locations – Sechelt purpose built space is opening by mid March. Gibsons is relocating to a larger space with an ocean view by June 1. Madiera Park is coming soon. Details on

Slack is our ongoing communication channel.  Send an email with the name of your favourite beach to connect <at> sctechhub <dot> ca.




Fall 2017 meetup is November 17

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!

Girls Learn Code Workshop Saturday April 29 @CapU

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:

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

Registration is limited to 24

@SCtechhub spring meetup

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  @  with the answer to our ‘I am not a robot’ question, “what is your favourite Sunshine Coast (BC) beach?”

super awesome STEM & digital literacy links for kids of all sizes is an amazing organization dedicated to giving every kid an opportunity to learn code.  fun for adults too.  Their sandbox environment 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

raspberry Pi – so many project ideas on this site

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.

The sound of 24 girls learning to code

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.

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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

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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>

Girls Learning Code Day – Saturday November 12

GIRLS: Make Games, Learn Code, Have Fun!


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 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 (, 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,, the Community Resource Centre and the Sunshine Coast Film Society. For more information visit or call (604) 790-1845.