On Saturday, March 25th we welcomed more than 150 high school and post-secondary students to our third annual Student Developer Conference. It was an incredible day of keynotes, workshops, AMA sessions, and a job mixer with some of our city's fastest growing companies.
Three pieces of advice came through loud & clear from our speakers:
- Start connecting with the startup community as early as you can! Meet other students and the development teams at startup and scaling companies at places like meetups, DemoCamp and on campus events. Get your face out there and really explore all the opportunities available to you after graduation.
- Work on projects that you're passionate about & don't be afraid to show them off. Lots of students will have the same class experience and great grades; having a portfolio of projects that show what you like to build and how you tackle a challenge will help set you apart in the hiring process.
- Try to remember to write code for humans, not just machines. One of the biggest transitions from the classroom to a startup is working with a team of developers on the same project. Thinking about your team and how they will interpret your work is something you can start developing at events like HackED and other student hackathons.
Check out the great photos by our friend Shayne Woodsmith - Make Something Edmonton.