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.

The Mentors of Intro to Ruby

This Saturday, Ryan Brunner and Brad Robertson will be leading our second Intro to Ruby workshop. They will be joined by 16 new and returning mentors. Read on to discover a bit about the lovely people who make our workshops so amazing!

 

Ryan Brunner and Brad Robertson – Lead Intructors
http://www.influitive.com

About Brad:
Brad’s tech career had humble beginnings as an IT specialist, but his interests quickly blossomed into software development. After graduating with a B.Sc in Computer Science from Ryerson, he ventured out into the Toronto tech scene. Six years later he continues to write software professionally as a developer at Influitive Inc. With over eight years of Ruby experience, and six of those heavily focused on Rails, Brad brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. When he’s not flexing his nerd muscles at work, you’ll find him hacking away at open source projects and researching new ideas focused around Object Oriented Programming and Database Management Systems.

About Ryan:
Ryan has been working with computers since his first Commodore 64 in 1986. He’s been working as a software developer since 2001, working with various web startups around the Toronto area. For the past two years, Ryan has been working at Influitive, leading the development team, and helping to organize Ruby and Rails events in Toronto. Ryan enjoys cooking, the outdoors, and pictures of animals (adorably) acting like people.

Samantha Clark (@iameltonjohn| openSNP.org)
Research Assistant and The University of Toronto

What are you passionate about?  “Science (it works!)”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “The more I can help people develop skills in the highly transferable and useful area of programming, the more people there are to make awesome things!”

Masha Ku (@loadsofmilk)
Server side of a facebook game “Code of war” at HugeMonster Inc

What are you passionate about?  “Biking, music and connecting digital to analogue.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I believe it’s a great opportunity to support and motivate more women (and not only, of course) to not be afraid of technology. Also, a great way to meet like minded people with very different backgrounds.”

Robin Ward (@evil_trout | http://eviltrout.com)

What are you passionate about?  “I’m passionate about too many things to pick just one!”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I want more people to get involved with programming!”

Vladimir Drizhepolov (@vovko | http://vovko.ca)
Ruby on Rails developer at 500px

What are you passionate about?  “Changing the world”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Great community, meeting awesome people, sharing knowledge”

Dmytro Yashkir (@dyashkir http://dyashkir.com)
Currently on sabbatical. Coding things in Node.js, Ruby, Objective C. Working on a couple personal projects, doing a lot of running and rockclimbing.

What are you passionate about? “Making awesome stuff, programming, running, beer”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Love teaching and helping motivated people learn is inspiring”

James Halpern
Engineer at Xtreme Labs – I am an engineer in mobile app development. I am currently responsible for developing the NBA Game Time application for release in the US, and I have previously had experience with web development, specifically for Facebook applications and HP’s WebOS platform (CBS Sports for WebOS).

What are you passionate about?  “Technology in general. Tech is cool.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I have some free time, and so I figured I should spend it volunteering and trying to help out. Would be nice to have fun and help people learn code.”

Georges Gabereau (@multiplegeorges www.mosaic.com)
Senior Ruby Developer at

What are you passionate about? “I believe that programming is the most creative skill someone can have. Through programming, you can model and create visual art, music, experiences, etc. You can literally model and create anything you want with a computer and the right skills.

I want to challenge the idea that programming is rigid and cold and nerdy. The more people get exposed to it and understand the full range of what it can do then the sooner the full force of everyone’s creativity can be brought to the discipline.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I worked with Vivian Hui (@vivianhui) at my last job and heard about it through her.”

Brad Carson (@codercarsonpixelwavedesign.com)
Front-end developer at Tribal DDB

What are you passionate about? “I’m passionate about crafting memorable experiences that stick and make the web a more enjoyable place. I love to learn – and help others do the same. ”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I’m relatively new to the city and have always been something of a lone wolf developer, so this seems like a great opportunity to meet other aspiring web developers.”

Matt Stevens (@mattgstevenspixelwavedesign.com)
Software developer at Shifthub

What are you passionate about? “Im passionate about technology at large, the understanding of software as a craft / discipline, and web as a medium for people to share ideas and collaborate.

Outside of tech I’m an avid reader of world news and am constantly on the hunt for new places to travel to. I love snowboarding (grew up near the Rocky Mountains), and playing soccer.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “My friend Abigail Cabunoc forwarded me a call for mentors email, as I’m new to Toronto and looking to get in touch with the local community of developers.”

Marius Butuc (@mariusbutuchttp://unfoldingcode.com)
Cloud Computing and Advanced Technologies Developer at IBM Canada Lab

What are you passionate about? “Rails, big data, cloud computing”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Ibrahim from Ven.io:)”

Joshua Hull (@joshbuddygithub.com/joshbuddy)
Part of the Web Team at Leap Motion

What are you passionate about? “Making programming fun! Open source software. Making the world better while having a good time :)”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I’ve been involved with education and code for a few years now. I love it!”

Andrew Stevens (@andrewstevens | http://andxyz.com)
Freelance Full Stack Developer

What are you passionate about?  “Finding a balance between fun projects and real value.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “To help others and connect with fellow passionate tech evangelists.”

Joshua Hull (@joshbuddygithub.com/joshbuddy)
Part of the Web Team at Leap Motion

What are you passionate about? “Making programming fun! Open source software. Making the world better while having a good time :)”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I’ve been involved with education and code for a few years now. I love it!”

Demetrius Michael (@dem_z | http://www.demetriusmichael.com)
Built algorithms that translated manual processes to automated solutions at Venio, a meal planning startup. Currently working towards getting my own startup off the ground

What are you passionate about?  “Everything. I literally think everything is amazing.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Ibrahim recommended it. He said I’ll add a lot of value to the group, and Heather’s a cool chick. Personally, I want to see the future of Toronto. Groups like these keep me in touch.”

Adnan Ali (@thisduck | http://blog.jaaduhai.com)
Ruby/Rails developer at CommunityLend

What are you passionate about?  “Too many things. =)
Reading, writing, coding, being amongst the top. I am also an amateur magician.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I want to get involved because mentoring on coding is something I feel strongly about and it is often a lot of fun.”

Enric Ribas (@enricribas | http://www.enricribas.com)
Software developer at Influitive

What are you passionate about?  “Design, both software and interior design. I have an architecture degree.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “Haven’t yet been involved, but I would like to contribute to getting more women into software development because it’s a very male dominated profession.”

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