Ladies Learning Code - Drupal Ottawa
I was happy to have OpenConcept well represented at Ottawa's first Ladies Learning Code Drupal event. There was a great turnout of interested people, keen to get their feet wet learning Drupal. Mathew Winstone from Coldfront Labs led the full day event. It was clear how much work he had put into getting new people who weren't familiar with programming started with Drupal.
It was great to be able to leverage Pantheon's free hosting service to get people started. Fortunately, we didn't need to introduce the students to Git or installing a local environment before getting them involved in building a site.
Our new developer Liz Pringi participated with me in mentoring the women who came to learn Drupal.
This is an issue we're very interested in at OpenConcept. It is hard to find developers, and women are still very under-represented in open source communities. We can do a small part to help introduce more women to Drupal and help develop a talent pool which is badly needed.
About The Author
Mike Gifford is the founder of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, which he started in 1999. Since then, he has been particularly active in developing and extending open source content management systems to allow people to get closer to their content. Before starting OpenConcept, Mike had worked for a number of national NGOs including Oxfam Canada and Friends of the Earth.