Digital Innovation Hubs Looking To Hire an Innovator in Communities

Toronto Public Library (TPL) is launching its first Innovator in Communities (IIC) program in October 2014. The IIC program supports the Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) at the Toronto Reference Library (TRL) and the Fort York Branch (FO). These learning and making spaces support users in the development of knowledge with digital technology.

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The Digital Innovation Hubs provides access to many hardware and software tools including:

  • Arduino
  • Raspberry Pi
  • MaKey MaKey
  • Mac desktop stations and laptops
  • Video and photo software and equipmentToronto Public Library invites applicants with extensive experience in coding and programming to fill the role of TPL’s Fall 2014 Innovator in Communities.Qualifications:
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in coding and programming
  • Expert knowledge and experience with coding and programming hardware and software,demonstrated through a range of experience and/or formal education
  • Excellent communication skills in coaching, teaching and public speaking
  • A commitment to supporting Toronto’s coding and programming community and to educatingand inspiring coders and programmers of all ages and skill levels
  • Facility with social media in a business settingThe Innovator in Communities will have the following core responsibilities:
  • Create an instructional series of programs and workshops related to coding and programming, with a focus on building employable skills
  • Deliver the series in identified community spaces such as neighbourhood hubs, community centres, etc.
  • Share expertise by posting on the library’s Digital Design and Technology Blog

Requirements of the Program:

  • An eight-week program from October 5 to November 30, 2014; 14 hours a week; flexible work schedule
  • Develop an instructional series of 5 to 6 workshops that develops the learner’s skills in coding/programming
  • Deliver the 5-6 workshops a minimum of 3 times in different communities
  • Develop and deliver at least 3 training sessions to TPL staff on coding/programming
  • Write a minimum of 2 blog posts to be published on the TPL websiteRemuneration: $3,600
  • TPL will be providing equipment needed to conduct the workshops i.e. laptops
  • The Innovator will be responsible for their own transportation to community spacesLocation: The IIC will be based at Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street) however, the workshops will be in different community spaces around Toronto.For more information about the Digital Innovation Hubs, visit: www.tpl.ca/innovate

    The IIC program is open to, but not limited to: Computer programmer, Software developer,App designer,  or Web developer

  • Please e-mail Diana Lee (dlee@torontopubliclibrary.ca) your resume and proposal (maximum 2 pages for proposal) by Monday, September 22nd, 2014 and include:
  • Relevant education and professional experience
  • Summary of coaching/teaching experience
  • Proposals for public programs and workshops on coding and programming, particularly withrelation to employability
  • Two letters of reference
  • Optional: Include a sample of your coding/programming work.

No Country For Old Programmers

Our next event is a very special DevTO presentation where we will chat with 4 experienced developers from Toronto to share their thoughts on issues that impact all programmers regardless of the technology stacks they work in, how long they have been in the field or even which industry they work in.

In this special event, your moderator will be Mark Lapasa and he will host Pearl ChenTracy LaurenPeter Gray and Roland Sing.

With over 80 years of combined experience in the field this will definetely be an event you will not want to miss!

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