This Wednesday, June 27th, James will be volunteering at an “Intro to HTML and CSS” workshop organized by Ladies Learning Code in Toronto. Their mission?

“We’re a women-run not-for-profit group working to empower everyone to feel comfortable learning beginner-friendly technical skills in a social, collaborative way.”

James believes that teaching coding basics is a worthy contribution to the web dev community of which The Phuse proudly claims membership. Not only does it nurture our future as a company, by training potential industry professionals, but it also benefits the next generation by teaching an important skill in a digital world.

This sentiment is echoed by The Atlantic magazine’s annual release of The Ideas Report, wherein they recommend teaching kids to code as one of the biggest ideas of 2012.

It might not seem that surprising to coders, but one article, titled, How America Can Get More Start-Up Talent, weighs in on the personal benefits of learning to code as well as the benefits of society as a whole (emphasis mine):

“Thinking like a programmer is not only helpful to succeed in any technical career, it will also become integral to simply navigating our increasingly digital world […] Students could decide whether or not they want to pursue greater fluency and expertise in coding (or Spanish), and (if nothing else) students would benefit from the distinct problem-solving framework of a coding mentality — which may be a more entrepreneurial mentality than memorizing the dates of famous battles in the Thirty Years War. It would help students to think critically — to analyze and solve problems.”

But you don’t have to be a student to reap the benefits of a basic knowledge of coding. Everyone can, and if you’re a Canadian woman, Ladies Learning Code is here to help. If you’re interested in attending one of the future Ladies Learning Code workshops, there’s a “Girls Learning Code” summer camp scheduled for August, and another “Intro” workshop on August 24th for ladies located in Vancouver. See their events page for more details and to purchase tickets.

This heartwarming trailer advertising the Girls Learning Code summer camp in August is definitely worth watching if you’re interested in learning more.

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