As you may know by now, I co-organize DevTO with Nael, Chris and Kevin. I am probably the most opposite and have the least amount experience in coding of the talented group. To be honest the extent of coding is theblinktag for me. The purpose of me joining this group is to bring my event organizing experience to the helm of 3 pretty darn good coders. I have enough experience in organizing events from big to small with my work experience. I’ve also organized over 40 tweetups and love the social aspect of these type of events. I’m hoping to bring a mix of devs and regular people who do not code into the mix to learn. It’s also a great way to learn about myself and working as a team which has been rewarding. We’ve actually had a surprising increase in “females” joining our events which is a good thing for the developer community as a whole and our attendance and interest continues to increase.
That being said, it’s great to have DevTO as part of the Developer community to help encourage learning and build synergies and networks of developers, designers and much more. With many other events in Toronto such as “Ladies Learning Code” and “AndroidTO” of recent this bodes well for Toronto Tech community. DevTO is giving many a free opportunity to learn from industry experts, meet with recruiters and give first time presenters the chance to present and gain experience in a casual atmosphere. The most favourable thing about the DevTO sessions is the sense of community and helpfulness of those that attend. There seems to be a friendly collaboration in learning which is the opposite of others in such places as Silicon Valley. We hope to continue and evolve DevTO as technology changes. If you ever have suggestion or want to contribute please let us know.
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