How to Win Collaborators and Influence Community: Encouraging (& Not Discouraging) Novice Coders

Accepted Session
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Scheduled: Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B202/203


Interested in helping others learn to code? How do you help give them a running start, without throwing roadblocks in their way? Come get better at helping other people get better.


It’s 2012. Even the mayor of New York City wants to learn how to program. But he’s got plenty of resources. What about everyone else?

Let’s dream big: What if everyone who really wanted to learn how to code knew they had the support to make it happen?

How can we help more people learn to program, and do it in a way that is honest and helpful? How can we give people a clear runway, help them taxi down it, and take off?

Everyone can benefit from better teaching, on both sides of the equation. And when individuals win, the community as a whole wins, too.

Drawing from the sweet nectar of experience, we’ll talk about unhelpful help and other pitfalls, but focus on what you can do to shift habits and make your awesomeness contagious.

Speaking experience

Fresh talk, though an early exploration was at BarCamp this year.

Speaking experience through local activist group, plus a handful of work-based lightning talks & short classes taught to non-technical coworkers.