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.

Introducing our Mentors for Ladies Learning Code’s first ever Mobile Workshop:

As we prepare for this Saturday’s Introduction to Mobile workshop, I am thrilled to introduce our fabulous Mentors, led by the lovely Kitty Shum and Rebecca Putinski.

But we couldn’t do this without each and every one of our committed Mentors A big thanks to them all.

Lead Instructor: Rebecca Putinski(@h4xnoodle | http://bexsys.com)
Agile Engineer at Xtreme Labs

What are you passionate about?  “Developing software that is beneficial to others and fun/easy to use. Mobile and web are great mediums and I love developing for them!”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I love the idea! Helping others learn this valuable skill and ensuring that the environment is a great place to learn for women is a great idea. Both roles of learner and instructor/mentor are empowering and give us the opportunity to learn more about the community. Coding should be a skill everyone has accessibility to and LLC does an amazing job.”

Lead Instructor: Kitty Shum(@kitty_shum | http://kittyshum.wordpress.com)
Product Manager at Xtreme Labs

What are you passionate about?  “The magic of how technology improves our lives has always fascinated me. I’ve been passionate about technology since I wrote my first “Hello World” application. From a technical perspective, I spend a lot of time trying out new technologies, new mobile platforms and building cool products. Outside of the technology world, I enjoy being disconnected from time to time. I play a lot of sports; from snowboarding in the winter to LOTS of football in the summer.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “After working in a male-dominated environment for years, I would love to encourage more ladies into this field. I still recall being able to count the number of girls with one hand for one of my 4th year Computer Science course. Coding and working with technology is not a scary thing, I want to help change that perception. I love technology and love what I do everyday! I want to share that passion with others and support a great community/organization.”


Bijan Vaez (@bijanv | www.eventmobi.com)

Technical Co-Founder of EventMobi

What are you passionate about?  “Making or building something that enhances someones life, even if it only affects 5 minutes of it!”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Bringing women into the high-tech field is not an easy task (for whatever reason) and I’ve seen numerous corporations and universities fail continuously at it. I’m amazed at what LLC has done up to this point and the sheer interest they’ve garnered within the community and I’m glad to do my part to help out!”


Steven Chung (http://map.placemarklist.com/)

Works at Home doing anything to make a great product – design, code, communicate

What are you passionate about?  “Creating something I believe in”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I’m always willing to teach and help others.”

Lorne Lantz (@Lornestar | http://www.snap-pay.com)
Founder and Janitor at Snappay

What are you passionate about?  “Creating a better way for people to buy & sell stuff.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I think the technology world would be more effective if you had more balanced teams of programmers….Plus I love passing on the many years of programming knowledge I’ve gained.”

Peter Iskandar (@bassingitup)
Agile Engineer, Mobile Application Development at Xtreme Labs Inc.

What are you passionate about?  “Music, Computers, Art”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I decided to get involved with Ladies Learning Code because I wanted to help people further their knowledge in computers/coding. I think it’s a great cause and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Greg Burgoon (www.gregburgoon.com)
Agile Engineer at Xtreme Labs

What are you passionate about?  “Music!”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Because coding is a useful skill!”

Kate Murphy (@kategeek | http://www.kategeek.com)
Software Developer at Konrad Group

What are you passionate about?  “Education outside the classroom.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Learning and teaching is super fun and rewarding. Also, selfishness! I want more ladies in the industry.”

Peter Newhook (@p337er  | http://peternewhook.com)
Business Analyst at Cineplex Entertainment “I split my time between automating forms and workflows using SharePoint and designing reports and visualizations that provide new ways to look at numbers.”

What are you passionate about?  “Making enterprise software usable and enjoyable. When I’m not in front of a monitor, I’m finding a way to get on a bike.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Women are going to look at problems differently than men will, and come up with different solutions. As an industry we need more well trained women writing code.”

Dmytro Yashkir (@dyashkir | http://dyashkir.com)
Senior Mobile Application Developer, also making things work on server (Node.js, mongo, redis)at Tenfour Labs

What are you passionate about? “Building products, coding/programming of any kind, startups, minimalist running, good beer, TFC.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I enjoy teaching, chance to help people who motivated to learn is an amazing opportunity.”

Susan Elliott Sim (@benevolentprof | http://www.drsusansim.org)
Research, writing, teaching, and iPhone programming at Many Roads Studios

What are you passionate about? “Social justice”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I spend my waking hours advocating for the dispossessed, empowering women, and challenging power structures. Getting involved in LLC lets me do all of that.”

Sameer Vohra
Software Engineer at Xtreme Labs

What are you passionate about?  “I am passionate about design and building intuitive products. I thrive on deconstructing problems down to their core and finding the best applicable solution.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “The chance to create the “AHA!” moment and getting people excited about technology is very satisfying.”

Svetlana Kolupaeva (@skolupaeva)
Java developer / Team leader @ Exigen / “I work on a software solution for insurance companies and lead a remote development team”

What are you passionate about?  “I love photography, caramels and web development.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “You always choose to support something that is personal. Women in technology is what touches me. Furthermore, volunteering for LLC is a very rewarding experience.”

Mark Bowman
Student – study, study, and more studying at Osgoode Hall Law School

What are you passionate about?  “Software, Soccer, and Cooking.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I’d like to remain connected with the Toronto software industry, and I’d like to do whatever I can to support it.”

Christina Truong (@christinatruong | http://christinatruong.com)
Developer at Teehan+Lax

What are you passionate about?  “Aside from the web, shoes and food!”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I want to help encourage more women to become developers.”

Pallak Grewal (@PallakGrewal)
Agile Engineer at Xtreme Labs

What are you passionate about?  “Usability, user experience, ease of use.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “It is awesome :-)”

Ameena Philips (@ameenaphilips | ameenaphilips.com)
Freelance Web Developer (html emails, landing pages, blogs) at WebCanada Inc.

What are you passionate about?  “Web development and badminton”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I’m enthusiastic about helping llc learners who are eager to code.”


Todd Ritchie (@@lance_ | http://todd.ritchie.to/)

Agile Engineer at Xtreme Labs

What are you passionate about?  “free culture in the Lessig and Stallman senses.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Xtreme sponsoring!”


Serguei Filimonov (@sergueif )
Student

What are you passionate about?  “Music and simplicity.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I want Toronto to be a place where technology loves people and people love technology.”


Emir Hasanbegovic (@PhiGammEmir | http://www.emirweb.com)

Agile Engineer at Xtreme Labs Inc.

What are you passionate about?  “I am all about developing core infrastructures that can be used as tools over and over again. Building stronger application cores allows for better end-user experience and development tools. I love to look at technology from the inside out.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I strongly believe in the power of learning. Learning is super, super fun and I want to help others have the same experience with learning technology as I have.”

Gavin Lobo (http://www.rabidgeek.net)
University of Ontario Institute of Technology, grad student, research assistant, tutorial instructor

What are you passionate about?  “Teaching, Science, Mathematics and Programming”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Coding is so much fun! More women should get involved!”


Daniel Teoh (@danteoh)

Product Manager & Designer at Nulogy Corporation (I currently oversee integration initiatives with other enterprise systems, such as SAP, RedPrairie, etc. From a technical perspective, I am heavily involved in developing prototypes on our product team.)

What are you passionate about?  “I love entrepreneurial opportunities. Understanding the strategy and motivators behind people’s ideas can be pretty exciting.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I read about the workshops from The Toronto Standard and got really excited about it. Since I moved to Toronto in September, I’ve been looking for opportunities to get involved in the community and industry and this lands right smack in the middle!”

 

Amazing group, right?

This Saturday is going to be a BLAST!.

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