14 September - 30 NovemberStripped Pizza Zurich

Code Excursion is about peer-to-peer learning with an easy-going and inspiring community.

How it works

For 12 weeks a group of motivated women meet once a week to follow a highly trusted online course and learn what it means to speak "tech" and get hands-on experience with web development. All is set in the beautiful location of Stripped Pizza where the learning feels like taking a coffee with your friends. We aim for a easy-going community so that you can just come and concentrate on the learning part. Together it is all not that scary!

Why should I join?

  • Do you feel like it is time to learn something new?
  • Want to make curious and inspiring new friends?
  • Are you curious about browsers, websites and how it all works?
  • Are you a self-starter and love to learn at your own pace?
  • Unsure what to study?
  • Want to know how to become a developer? 

If you answered 2 of the above with: YES! this is for you! Having understood nothing about programming in Summer 2017, we can tell you that together it is possible to do it!

What will I learn?

You will learn how to build a website from scratch (also called Front-End Web Development). After the course you will:

  • understand what the following means and
    • be confident creating a responsive and dynamic website using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
    • use Bootstrap, CDN and Dom Manipulation
    • feel comfortable working with arrays, functions and objects
  • be able to build your own website
  • talk confidently to anyone about tech-topics

If you didn't understand any of these words above, don't worry! This is course is suitable for complete beginners but also anyone needing a refresher in front-end web development. Hint: We will follow a full-stack online course, so if you are already more advanced, you are very welcome to join and skip over some parts to the back-end. 

All you need to know

We are meeting every Saturday at 09:00 - 11:30 at Stripped Pizza in Zurich. Included in the course fee are:

  •  Online Full Stack Web Development Course that you can keep after the course has ended
  • Help by the mentors
  • Community slack channel for online help
  • Saturdayafternoon Deep Dive Workshops in Zurich (e.g. Design, Git/Github...)
  • Small breakfast: coffee, smoothies, bread rolls etc.


Q&A

The next course starts in fall 2020. 

Do I have to have any pre-requisites? No – you can be an absolute beginner!

What should I expect from the meetings?  It will be around 10 - 20 women meeting weekly at Stripped Pizza, having coffee and each working on their own skills via online course. The online course is video-based with small tasks within it. It is very important to us to get you up to speed on how web development on the job works so there will be a bigger website project that you will work on during the 12 weeks by yourself. You will learn how to find solutions by yourself and the help of the mentors. 

I already know that I am going to miss a few meetings. Can I still join? Definitely! The course is built in a way that you can learn when and where you want and still get access to mentors!

I'm stuck - what should I do? If you are stuck during the Code Excursion ask one of the available mentors on site. If you are working at home,  take a break - sleep well overnight and try again. If that did not help and you googled already every possible combination, don't hesitate to write on the slack channel. 

What if my learning pace is different?  Some people will reach the end of our schedule, others will only do half of it and others continue all to the full stack end of the course.It is all about one's motivation and time available. So don't worry if you are not sure how much time you can commit now. You can keep the online course after you finished the Code Excursion and continue whenever it suits you. 

What can I expect to learn? Web Development! How to build a website as well as how to think and work as a developer. In detail you will be confronted with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and JQuery as well as frameworks.

Is programming difficult? Yes, we are not going to lie, it is tricky to get your head around it at first. That is why we meet weekly in a friendly environment. You can ask the mentors all your questions and in case you can't make it to the meeting you always have the slack channel readily available. Also having a clear objective what you want to learn and why you do it is helping a lot.

Why do I have to write a motivation to join? We want to get to know you a little bit and make sure that we have the same learning philosophy. After that we choose who we think suits the course best and we get back to you lastest until End of August. 

Speakers

Jahlela Hasle
Coach & Git Workshop Leader

Hey, I am Jahlela! I am originally from California, and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 7 years before moving to Zurich, where I now work as a software engineer. I caught the programming bug a few years ago, after getting my degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, working as a product manager, and founding several startups. I remember the whirlwind of information and technical jargon seemed impossibly complex. Several years later, I now have experience in not just Python, JavaScript, React, web apps, databases, but am also well-versed in developing products, technical collaboration, and integration of design. I'm excited to help everyone at the camp learn more about the tech ecosystem. On the personal side, I love being outdoors, traveling, and meeting new people. I am so happy to be able to shed some light on tech topics and join you in this wonderful learning setting.

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Silvia Wels
Design Workshop Leader

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Priska Burkard
Coach

As Co-Founder of Techface and SkillsFinder as well as Head Operations at Girls in Tech Switzerland Priska is bridging the gap between talented women in tech looking for a purpose-based career and companies that love diversity.

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Liip
Lego Serious Play Workshop

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Tuğçe Nur Taş
Coach

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Code Excursion @codeexcursion @codeexcursion info@codeexcursion.ch

Code Excursion is an initiative to get more women into tech. We are a peer-to-peer learning community that focuses on a flexible, easy-going and fun learning environment.