Posted by Laura Plant
@lauralynplant

As Co-Executive Director of Ladies Learning Code, Laura is on a mission to inspire women and girls to leverage tech as a creative tool to change the world.

4 Lead Instructors, 26 Mentors,120 Learners and One Day of Photoshop.

Lead Instructor: Ryan Bannon (@rdbannon)
Co-Founder, Playground

A perpetual student of the world and graduate of the Creative Advertising program at Seneca College. In September of 2009 Ryan helped co-found Playground Inc. a user-experience design agency in the heart of Toronto. Day to day he works with web startups to help align their user-experience with business goals. In his short career Ryan has been lead designer on many innovative projects. One such project, Toronto Standard, won the Canadian Online Publishing Award for design of the year and was shortlisted by .Net Magazine (@netmag) for site of the year.  His involvement with Ladies Learning Code comes from a passion for the magic of hands-on practical learning and the drive for Toronto to be one of the best places in the world to make the web. If you have any questions or just want to say hi, you can reach him at ryan[at]playgroundinc.com or @rdbannon on Twitter.

Lead Instructor: Ricardo Vazquez (@iamrvazquez | http://ricardovazquez.ca)
UI/UX Designer at 500px

What are you passionate about?  “I am most passionate about creating meaning in everything that I do. Whether it be interactive design or development, I have always strived to instill meaning in my work. The best part of being in this community is being able to create and contribute to emerging digital technologies. Now, how exciting is that!?”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I was a designer, then it all got too static. I was a developer, then it all got too abstract. I became both, and found perfect harmony. I want to help the tech community to recruit eager minds to find their own harmony in this field. Whether it be HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, or a CMS, I want to help individuals achieve goals they never thought possible in the past. Thanks to Ladies Learning Code, it now is.”

Lead Instructor: Mark Staplehurst (@britburger | www.markstaplehurst.com)
developer/designer at ecentricarts

What are you passionate about?  “Language, design and the application of technology.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “To encourage those with an interest in learning more about the wonderful tools of a very satisfying and creative trade.”

Lead Instructor: Erin Morris (@erinmorris)
Visual Designer at FreshBooks

What are you passionate about?  “Art & design. Life should be simple, functional, and beautiful. Or at least full of chocolate.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Ladies Learning Code has created a fantastic community focused on continuous, and fun learning. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”

Margot Trudell (@margottrudell| silent-t.com)
Freelance graphic, web, and motion designer.

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I love the idea of getting women and girls more interested in the tech industry, and having a venue and group for them to learn in that isn’t intimidating.”

Kevin Lee (@livekeen | http://livekeen.com)
Freelance Web Designer

Kevin Lee

What are you passionate about?  “Web Design, Interesting Startups and Great Conversations.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I believe the more you teach the more you learn.”

Connie Leung (@firstandshadow| http://firstandshadow.com)
R&D, site design and development.

What are you passionate about?  “A/R, wearable technologies, responsive architecture and biomimicry Oh cycling!!”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I love what you guys do and help demystify technology in language and in spirit. I wish you guys were around when I was going up. What sparked my interest when I was a kid was the BBS and being a Sys/Op.”

Rene Vega
Technical Team Lead at Astral Media

What are you passionate about?  “Supporting high profile businesses using web technologies to improve their brand presence and revenue.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “It’s key for new people that want to be successful in the Web Development field to get hands on experience with real life working situations as soon as possible. Now that I have such experience I want to give back the favor to enthusiasts eager to learn.”

Jordan Sparks (@SuperSparkplugs | http://Sparkcomic.com)
Research Assistant at the CIM2 Multimedia Lab at Ryerson University – My responsibilities include working with a team of programmers and the direction and production of video and visual assets for the laboratory, including demo videos, 3D Models, and 2D Art.
I also work with a student radio show called Just Rights Radio on CIUT. I mostly edit the audio of interviews before they go to air, but I sometimes participate in the actual interviews themselves.

What are you passionate about? “I am passionate about everything I do. When I commit to something I am 100% into what I’m doing and never back down on my promises. I am also very dedicated to helping out people wherever and however I can if I am able. If I can help people get into video editing, it would mean a lot to me.
As for topics, I’m very passionate about art, gaming, learning, helping out others, and video & audio production.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I heard about the call for editing mentors from my friend (and Ladies Learning Code’s current intern), Carly Chalmers. It sounded interesting and a chance to get involved in something, so I jumped at the opportunity.”

Marion Green (@paper_starz | http://mariongreen.ca)
Web Designer at Bell Media

What are you passionate about? “I am passionate about art, design, and of course, everything web. Along with my job, I continue to work freelance on various design and art projects. I stay active in the art community by participating in gallery events and collaborating with other artists.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I would love to get involved with Ladies Learning Code because I believe education and technology should be available and affordable to everyone. I want to take what I have learned over the years, and help others achieve their goals. ”

Cynthia Ng (@TheRealArty| http://about.me/cynthiang)
Web Services Librarian. I take care of almost all the web stuff, review and implement new web stuff, and do all the usability stuff.

What are you passionate about?  “Teaching, learning, and empowering others.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I think it’s a great cause, and involves great people.”

Norman Valdez (@nmwarrior | http://www.newmediawarrior.net/)

Norman is the Project Director of Vivid Design (http://vividize.me). He brings over a decade of experience as a Web Designer, Graphic Designer and Online Community Manager. He has a Masters in Information Systems and an Honors Bachelors Degree with a specialization in Digital Enterprise Management, both from the University of Toronto and he has taught at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College in the Communication Culture and Information Technology program. Norman has also worked at the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) as the Digital Media and Communications Manager overseeing the websites, social media strategy and IT infrastructure. He is an avid blogger and is passionate about a range of topics like technology, social media, politics, health, psychology and philosophy. Norman is the editor of http://newmediawarrior.net.

Janis Yee (@pdxdhttp://www.pdx.ca)
Freelance Digital Graphic Designer.

What are you passionate about?  ” I love keeping up to date with current digital trends and seeing innovation happen all around me.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I enjoy learning how to teach others – sharing my knowledge is highly self rewarding.”

Mustafa Al-Qinneh (@malqinneh| www.malqinneh.com)
Interactive Designer at Teehan+Lax

What are you passionate about?  “Life, events, ideas, people, art, typography, technology, and all things beyond what we can typically see.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “It’s simple; I enjoy helping people.”

Kristin Nicholson (@bandofgoldk | http://bogportfolio.com/)
Production co-coordinator at TBWA/Toronto

What are you passionate about?  “Making things look good!”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I’ve been to a few sessions in the past and really enjoyed myself and learned a lot about coding. I feel confident with Illustrator and Photoshop and want to help others navigate their way through it.”

Lucas Rizoli (@lucasrizoli | http://lucasrizoli.com/)
Web Developer

What are you passionate about? “Well-formed HTML and JavaScript.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “Seemed like a good opportunity to learn by teaching, to introduce others to web programming as I wish I had been.”

Matt Hryhorsky (@matt_hy | http://www.filamentlab.com/)
Filament Creative – I’m the Creative Director. We’re a small team, so in this case it doesn’t mean just standing back and saying “change it all”, it means getting my hands dirty establishing the direction, visual language and design patterns for each new project. I work with a great team of incredible designers, thinkers and developers and we primarily design web sites, web apps and mobile applications.

What are you passionate about? “Lots of things. I was a full-time musician before getting into web design so music has always been a big passion of mine. I like photography, vintage furniture, making things with my hands and technology in general. I love travelling with my wife (www.backpacksandairplanes.com) and meeting fun, new people.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I think it’s important to be able to share knowledge. When I was starting I had some great mentors and I’d love the opportunity to pass some of what I learned to beginners.”

Michelle Todd (@himichelletodd | http://michelleontheweb.com/)
Student at Queen’s University

What are you passionate about? “I love education and the web. I’m really passionate about bringing those two things together. Especially for the web, I enjoy bringing apps to life, from idea to implementation.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “Ladies Learning Code is filling a need that most people don’t even realize is there. Code literacy will change the way your life works – suddenly you can turn your ideas into reality. Learning to code is a powerful experience, and sometimes all you need is some help in the right direction from people who want you to succeed. I was lucky enough to have that push, and I’m excited to be there to help the next lady who wants to learn to code.”

Aaron Alfred (@aaronalfred | http://www.aaronalfred.com/)
Polar Mobile – I am a Web Application Designer

What are you passionate about? “Technology, Travelling.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I’ve watched LLC do great things for many people in a short amount of time. I’d like to be a part of that story.”

Thomas Cheng (http://http://www.thomascheng.com/)
FreshBooks – UX Designer

What are you passionate about? “Design, code, basketball and sound effects.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I want to spread knowledge and meet new people.”

Gary Flooks (@NaturalOutlook | http://www.naturaloutlook.com/)
www.naturaloutlook.com

What are you passionate about? “Business Start-ups. Creative design (digital, photography, writing) with good, inspired creatives. Helping charities and those who are in need. Networking with great people.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “A chance to share my skills and network with like minded people.”

Dena Saperghy (@peartreepub )
Freelance

What are you passionate about? “Food, yoga, travel, photography, typography, books.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I’ve heard a lot of good things about you.”

Winnie Ma (http://www.winniema.ca/)
Designer at TAXI

What are you passionate about? “Storytelling, travelling, and using design to help people connect with each other in a meaningful way. ”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “Giving back and learning from others – it really doesn’t get any better than that.”

John Campana (http://freshbooks.com/)
FreshBooks – Lead Website/Experience Designer

What are you passionate about? “Design, Interaction, User Experience, CSS, Food.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “To learn and grow as a person.”

Anusha Chohan (@anushac6)
Front end web developer, focusing on HTML/CSS and JavaScript

What are you passionate about?  “Design and creating beautiful applications/sites.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “It’s a great cause and just want to help others with the skills I have.”

Thiveya Muthu (@Thiveya_Seneca | http://thiveya.com/)
Paisley Products of Canada Inc. – Web designer and developer

What are you passionate about? “Web design, web standard and technology.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “To meet new personalities in design industry and share the joy of having ones passion as career. Design!”

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