The #HTML500 is happening this weekend in Vancouver and it’s reportedly “Canada’s Largest Learn-to-Code Event.” The event is organized by Lighthouse Labs, who were the creators of the first coding bootcamp in Vancouver, and they’ve riled up some major sponsors: Telus, Hootsuite, BC Innovation Council (BCIC) and Axiom Zen.
The goal of the event is to give people who are interested in coding an opportunity to learn the basic requirements to build a website using HTML and CSS, raise awareness of the Vancouver tech industry, and give participants a better understanding of what skills are needed to succeed.
According to the #HTML500 website, Lighthouse Labs professor Khurram Virani will lead a morning lecture, followed by 3 hours of ‘lab time’ where attendees will follow step-by-step instructions. Virani will also deliver a second lecture in the afternoon, talking about CSS and stylizing, where attendees will have 1.5 hours more to finish up their landing pages.
Another perk of heading to the event is that Axiom Zen will be offering up an 8-week paid internship to an attendee. This will give the chosen one access to work with the latest mobile and web technologies, plus experiment with new hardware platforms such as Google Glass and Thalmic Labs’ Myo. No word on how much the 8-weeks are worth from a monetary perspective, but the education in coding will far exceed it.
Nick Chow, Axiom Zen Producer, stated “We believe in the importance of coding for every member of the team. It’s essential to us that everyone be literate in the basics. Even our non-engineering team members participate in hacking in-house projects.”
The #HTML500 is an all day event that runs 10:00am – 5:00pm at the Rocky Mountaineer Station, 1755 Cottrell St in Vancouver.