Meetup Profile: Free Code Camp Edmonton

Peter Chau is the amazing volunteer organizer for Free Code Camp Edmonton - an afternoon of peer-to-peer mentorship and free code camps. Each Hack Day, Peter is on hand to get people set up on the platform, answer questions and trouble shoot. It's an awesome addition to our monthly gatherings! 

We had a chance to sit down with Peter to chat all things Free Code Camp. Don't miss the next edition on Saturday, June 4 at 1:00 PM. 

1) Why did you start an Edmonton chapter of Free Code Camp?  

Members of Free Code Camp are encouraged to meet with the local campfire community for "Coffee and Code" sessions. There are many of these meets around the world.

At the time, Edmonton's 36 members have yet to meet for a "Coffee and Code" session. 

Members of the group had expressed a desire to meet up so we could:

  • ask & learn from each other
  • pair program 
  • work on group projects
  • introduce Free Code Camp to our community 

2) What is the Free Code Camp model and what are some of the benefits to participants? 

Free Code Camp is an open source community. We learn to code together and build projects for non-profits. We teach:

  • HTML5 
  • CSS3
  • JacaScript 
  • Databases 
  • Git and Github 
  • Node.js
  • React.js
  • D3.js 

Participant benefits include:

  • Help in real time from our community chat rooms (200000+ developers).
  • Meet up with other coders in your city.
  • Learn to code at your own pace, in your browser or on your phone.
  • Work through our focused, interactive courses and tutorials.
  • Learn state-of-the-art full stack JavaScript technologies.
  • Build projects that help nonprofits carry out their missions more effectively.
  • Assemble a portfolio of real apps used by real people.

3)  How have you benefited by interacting & connecting with a larger community? 

It's been great to learn to code with others in the same curriculum. It's nice to work through challenges with others in the same room. 

The curriculum can be difficult a some points. Spending a couple of hours at the Coffee-and-Code to tackle it definitely helps morale.

The community rocks. Everyone is nice and very helpful. Shoutout to the team at Startup Edmonton for hosting us, and Kris Harvey (The Chvch of John) for connecting us. 

4) Who would you encourage to come to future events? 

I believe everyone should learn to code so they can better understand our increasingly technology-based society. 

Coding is a very straight-forward skill to learn. Free Code Camp provides the road map you need to become a Full-Stack Web Developer. If you can use a computer, you can learn to code.