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.

Back To Cool: Meet the PHP Mentors

Even if you’re not going back to school, September is still a great time to start learning something new. We’re kicking off our September with our very first PHP workshop, lead by the wonderful Srimonti. Thanks to our wonderful mentors for volunteering their time to help our learners understand the difference between variables, operators, conditionals & loops!

Lead Instructor: Srimonti Karmakar (@srikomo | http://bebedo.com)
As co-founder of my current startup, Bebedo Inc, I focus on all areas of product architecture, strategy and partnerships. I am one of a two-female technical founding team, and developed both the server and client layers of bebedo.com. I am currently also focusing on business development and sales.

What are you passionate about?  “Taking risks, breaking routine and building things from scratch.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “This is a great initiative. It fosters the technology community and is an awesome way to meet like-minded people.”

Jonathan Hernandez (@jono_hernandez | http://jonohernandez.com)
Developer at SASCEA

What are you passionate about?  “Videogames. Also learning new things, creating amazing applications that are simple to use.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a team of great people and learn a lot along the way from them. Ladies Learning Code is a great initiative that wants to do away with the preconceived notion that programming can be difficult to get into. It’d be great to be able to give back to the community and get more people introduced to some useful and very important tech.”

Martin Crawford (@bemisguided)
Director, Delivery at Bruze Marketing Inc

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

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I think its a good idea to get woman involved in programming. It’s a supportive approach. ”

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!”

Garth Gutenberg (http://grinninggecko.com/)

What are you passionate about?  “Technology! The progress of technology, building things (out of code), the impact of technology on our lives.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “My sister attended one of the sessions and spoke very highly of it. I enjoy giving back and using my expertise to help others.”

Nicole Chung (@redconservatory | http://www.redconservatory.com)
Freelance Web Developer

What are you passionate about?  “Telling stories and writing code.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “It would be fantastic if there were more women writing code.”

Calvin Tennant (@calvintennant | http://calvintennant.com)
Web Developer & Designer at Myplanet Digital

What are you passionate about?  “Building products that enable people to work/learn more efficiently.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “To teach, present, help others.”

Anton Nguyen (@AntonNguyen | http://www.antonnguyen.com)
Software Developer at FreshBooks.

What are you passionate about?  “I’m passionate about technology!”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I love to code and I love to teach, so it seems like a perfect fit!”

Hanbin Chang (http://csc300aclovejc.blogspot.com)
Computer Science student at University of Toronto

What are you passionate about? “I am always passionate about learning new stuffs and using what I learned to challenge myself to make something more complicated. Especially, I am very interested in learning new programming language or catching up to latest news about IT.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “First, I met Heather Payne from U of T during one of our lectures, where she gave a speech about ladies in tech fields. And about a month ago, I was fortunate to be part of mentoring group for Python workshop and after then, I wanted to be involved in this Ladies Learning Code community more frequently.”

Chris Ragobeer (@chrisragobeer | http://www.reachstreet.com)
Jack of all trades at Reachstreet

What are you passionate about?  “Learning new things.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “To help teach what I know.”

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.”

Ryan Christiani (@Rchristiani | http://www.ryanchristiani.com)
Front-end Developer at Trioro

What are you passionate about?  “I am passionate about the web and new technology, I think it is an amazing time to be on the web right now, so much is constantly changing! I am extremely passionate about learning, since graduating college and deciding to learn and pursue a career path only vaguely related to my degree, I really appreciate people constantly striving to learn more! You are never done learning and expanding your knowledge!”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I graduated with a degree in illustration a while ago, and right out decided I wanted to work on the web. I want to get involved with Ladies Learning Code because I only wish when I was starting out there was something like this around. A large community coming together to teach and learn sounds pretty awesome. And I want to be a part of it in some way.”

Chris Barless (@chrisbarless | http://www.pilotinteractive.ca)
Front-end Developer at Pilot Interactive

What are you passionate about?  “Modular & reusable code, literature, motorcycles, SoCal sunsets.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I want to see more women choosing careers in technology. I think a great way of doing it is showing people that working in tech is not so scary, and sometimes it’s even fun.”

Conrad Muan (@radicalradical | http://www.radicalradical.com/)
Independent Web Developer, front end and server side

What are you passionate about? “I’m passionate about moving the web forward and creating solid user experiences. I believe that coding is an art form and should be something we learn early on: like arts and crafts time in kindergarten.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I saw an opportunity to spread the thing that I love to do to a demographic that is (unfortunately) not represented very well in my industry.”

Alex Szabados (@tallzabby | http://inversus-studio.com/)
Social Media Strategist

What are you passionate about? “Web development, social media, analytics, public speaking.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I enjoy teaching and development and have experience in both (English teacher in Japan). I was also told this was a good program to volunteer for by my friend.”

Alex Chesser
Application developer (web & iOS) at Klick.com – I program in PHP, C#, Objective-C, Javascript, Node.JS, SQL, “NO-SQL” (mongodb). I also have a background as a high school teacher.

What are you passionate about? “Lots! Seriously… Technology, fitness, nutrition, business & entrepreneurship, entertainment & media…”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I like the social aspect, I miss teaching but can’t do it full time, helping with LLC seems a nice way to get the best of both worlds.”

Brenna O’Brien (@brennaob | http://brennaobrien.com)
Developer (mostly responsible for front-end development) at Filament Creative Inc.

What are you passionate about?  “The web and the community surrounding it, and music. . . lots of music.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “I’d love to see girls and women involved in development be the norm, not the exception.”

Paul Reinheimer (@preinheimer | http://blog.preinheimer.com)
Founder at WonderProxy Inc.

What are you passionate about?  “Crafting elegant usable web applications, cycling, photography, and baking.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “To hopefully help resolve the gender imbalance in IT.”

Arron Gibson (@arrongibson | http://infinitymedia.ca)
Front-end Web Developer at Shaw Media & Chief Technical Officer at Infinity Media Services Inc.

What are you passionate about?  “Music, web development, Teaching and helping people.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “My friend and co-worker Darrin Katz has told me it’s a great experience being a mentor so I’d love to be a part of it.”

Mahnoud Ghali (@thghali | http://www.reshiftmedia.com)
VP of Technology at Reshift Media inc.

What are you passionate about?  “Emerging technology and mobile.”

Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code?  “A friend is mentoring for the event and recommended it. Thought it was a great way to give back to the community.”

 

What a bunch of wonderful script writers!

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