Two amazing days of coding and design. One beautiful website of your very own!

June 7th & 8th, 2014 in Toronto

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What is Hackapalooza?

Join us for two full days of coding, design and fun!

You’ll start the weekend off with a blank site (the final project from our popular Intro to HTML & CSS workshop). Over the course of the two days, you’ll customize the site by attending various workshop sessions and lightning talks to make it your own. Everyone will leave with a beautiful personal website, portfolio site, wedding site, or a site for anything you can imagine that’s hosted live on the web to share.

You direct your own learning during this collaborative two-day event filled with workshops, lightning talks and open hack time, with one mentor for every four learners!

  1. Start with a basic website

    If you've taken our Intro to HTML & CSS, you have one! If not, we can hook you up with a template or you can use your own.

  2. Attend two days of awesome sessions & lightning talks

    You'll learn more advanced CSS skills, branding and user experience tips from our team of instructors and thought leaders.

  3. Enjoy Open Hack Time

    Work with our awesome ratio of 1 mentors to every 4 learners to help customize your site and make it truly your own over the weekend.

  4. Socialize with Learners and Mentors

    Join us Saturday evening for snacks and drinks while getting to know other learners, lead instructors and mentors in the Ladies Learning Code community.

  5. Launch your finished site

    End the weekend with a beautiful customized site that's live on the internet on your own custom domain.

Here's a Sneak Peak of Some of the Sessions offered over the weekend:

Is Hackapalooza For You?

Want to take your learning to the next level? Do you have a website idea that you’re looking to create and launch?

Hackapalooza is the perfect next step.

A basic understanding of HTML and CSS is recommended as we’ll explore some more advanced CSS concepts such as positioning, layouts, CSS3 animations and effects as well as some basic jQuery. Completion of our Intro to HTML & CSS workshop counts or you can take our quiz to see if this event is a good fit. No experience? No worries! You can take our HTML & CSS course online anytime before the event free when you sign up for Hackapalooza!

What You'll Learn and Build

Over two days, transform your basic HTML & CSS site into a beautiful custom site that you’ll launch live on Day Two. Over the weekend, you’ll attend workshops and lightning talks based on your stream of choice with some alternate sessions available on Day Two that you can choose from to customize your site and experience.

Stream One: Service (Business & Personal)
Perfect for freelance businesses, service companies and portfolio or resume sites! This stream is geared towards learners wanting to create business or personal websites based on a service. Sign up for this stream if you’d like your website to have elements like a contact form, social media links and photo slider.

Stream Two: Product (Business & Personal)
Perfect for restaurants or product websites! This stream is geared towards learners wanting to create business or personal product-based websites. Sign up for this stream if you’d like your website to have elements like a product gallery, testimonials and multiple pages.

What's Included

4:1 (or better!) student-to-mentor ratio. With an awesome lead instructor.

Great venue. With a fun, social and inclusive learning environment.

Catered lunch both days, coffee/tea and snacks! Yum! We can't make any promises but we'll try our best to accommodate dietary restrictions.


You must bring your own or have access to a laptop for which you have administrative permissions.

Please remember to bring your powercord.

You may be required to download some form of free software.

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Day One

On day one we'll start with the Intro to HTML & CSS Final Project (this one) and we'll learn some fundamental advanced CSS concepts like animations, positioning and typography to customize our sites.



Stream 1: Service (Business & Personal)

Stream 2: Product (Business & Personal)


Welcome (time to get excited!)

Page Layouts and Positioning with CSS

Lightning Talk: Responsive Design & Tools

Typography with CSS


Plus: Hosting help for those who need it

Design your own logo

Lightning Talk: Designing in the browser

CSS Animations & Interactions

Social & Hack Time

Day Two

On day two, we'll focus on customizing our sites even more adding more complex elements and content to really make it your own!

All Day

Open Design and Open Dev Hack Space is available in the Makerspace and Boardroom.



Stream 1: Service (Business & Personal)

Stream 2: Product (Business & Personal)

Alternative Sessions

Morning Yoga

Let's Connect: Adding and Styling Contact Forms

Content is King: Adding More Content to Your Site

Lightning Talk: Branding

Let's Get Visual with Photo Sliders and Content Galleries

Getting Social with API Integration

Wedding Ready

Lunch & Lightning Talk: Developer Tools for Designers

Getting social with API Integration

Turn Your Webpage Into a Website: Adding Multiple Pages

Lightning Talk: Self-guided Learning

Final touches

Getting Hosted!

Meet your instructors

Learn from these incredible designers and developers who will be lead instructors, lightning talk presenters and mentors throughout the weekend.

Hackaplooza will take place at

The Lab

The 7,000 square foot digital literacy hub
in the heart of downtown Toronto

Thanks to our sponsors

Huge thank you to our amazing sponsors and partners who help make this event possible