Posted by Maggie Garratt

What’s Up With Our Sponsors

Ladies Learning Code is supported by an awesome network of partners and sponsors. These companies range from small start-ups to some of the largest companies in Canada and everything in between. Every quarter, we publish a summary of news, exclusive announcements, and job postings at these fantastic organizations. Enjoy!

TELUS

It’s been a busy quarter for Ladies Learning Code and TELUS!

We love working with TELUS to create magic moments in our community! In that spirit, The Code Mobile visited the TELUS offices in Toronto to run a very special coding workshop for a super special group of girls.

Possibility Camp builds an experience for girls aged 8-13 to support and challenge them to develop the leadership skills of tomorrow with the mission to create a movement of empowered young girls with valuable 21st century life skills that are not currently being taught within school curriculum. As part of their camp experience, the girls swung by TELUS to see a tech space, chat with the TELUS female developers and learn a bit of HTML + CSS from us! It was an amazing day of learning, laughing, and inspiration as the girls learned that they too could be the creators — and not just the consumers of the technology they use every day. Thanks so much TELUS for the opportunity to inspire the next generation with you!

TELUS also got in on the National Learn to Code Day action, graciously hosting workshops in Toronto and Vancouver and helping us make this our biggest and best National Learn to Code Day yet! This year, we did something a bit different and decided to live stream the workshop so that anyone not able to attend a workshop could still participate and learn remotely. All we needed was venue that could accommodate and TELUS stepped up to the plate. We had over 70 people attend the workshop remotely from all over the world — including Hong Kong and Spain! Thanks TELUS for helping us make everything we do bigger and better than we could have imagined.

Maggie

Google

We love bringing our partners and community together to celebrate the power of code and the youth in our community using technology to bring their ideas to to life.

On September 15th, with help of Google, we surprised a very special and creative group of kids at Our  Lady of Victory Catholic School in Toronto with Chromebooks for their entire class!

Why you ask? Well, last June, during our inaugural Canada Learning Code week, we invited educators across Canada to run their very own Canada themed coding lesson and submit their class projects to win Chromebooks, generously donated by Google, for their entire class.

Competition was fierce with over 500 educators and classes across the country teaching more than 15,000 kids to code — but one project stood out above the rest…

Save Us, by Ms. Corrado’s grade 5 class, combined a few of our lessons to make it their own. In their game, you need to use your knowledge of Canadian animals and our history to save some on Canada’s most iconic species. You can play Save Us as well some of the other amazing games created by visiting our Canada Learning Code Week Digital Scrapbook.

It was a star-studded event with special guests Councillor Frances Nunziata, Sabrina Geremia – Managing Director Integrated Solutions at Google, Alex Nyikos – Constituency Assistant for MPP Laura Albanese, Catherine Whitton – Constituency Manager for MP Ahmed Hussen and Kevin and Gabriela — the superstar team who coded the winning project.

The future is code and we are so excited and thankful to Google for their continued help and support in helping pioneer technical education for all Canadians.

Maggie

Accenture

September was an amazing month for our friends at Accenture. This year, we developed and piloted a brand new workshop centered around Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. We were so fortunate to have Accenture jump on board as our title partner for the day! We gained both Accenture’s enthusiasm to support our mission of exposing women to AI, as well as the support from Jodie Wallis, Accenture’s own Managing Director for Artificial Intelligence in Canada, who provided our audience of women inspiring words to explore Artificial Intelligence 

literacy and who kicked off National Learn to Code Day with her own personal story of becoming personally invested in technology.Accenture truly helped us make this our biggest and best National Learn to Code Day yet by graciously hosting four workshops for us across Canada — in Toronto, Mississauga, Vancouver, and Niagara!

Accenture’s support helped us bring our event to the next level. In total we hosted 37 events, teaching over 1,200 people in Canada and across the globe with over 300 mentors helping our learners make the most of the experience.

Thank you so much, Accenture!

Read more about our fifth annual National Learn to Code Day here

Maggie

Norton Rose Fulbright

Join us on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 for our Artificial Intelligence (AI) summit which will take place in conjunction with the University of Toronto, Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab (DCSIL) AI week.

The summit will cover a range of business, ethical and legal issues around the topic of artificial intelligence. Sessions will be informative and interactive.

Our full day professional development program will be of particular interest to the legal and commercial teams of public and private companies. This includes professionals from all sectors, and those developing or considering implementing AI solutions.

To view the full agenda and LSUC accreditation details, click here.

We are also pleased to announce the launch of our Artificial Intelligence microsite www.aitech.law.  The site includes contributions from our global team of experts, and provides in-depth perspectives on the complex ethical and related legal risks that must be managed by businesses developing, acquiring or implementing AI – across a number of industry sectors.

Check back regularly to find new content that reflects the rapid pace of change in the AI world, and follow our global AI blog.

Norton Rose Fulbright Team

Kano Apps

We’ve had a busy couple of months! Communities in our RPG games including Mob Wars LCN and Viking Clan have had a busy summer of events and fresh content; and our Free Rider team’s been heads down getting ready to launch Free Rider HD on Google Play this week. Free Rider HD on iOS has also had quite a run, with over 50 million plays! It’s ranked  #1 in Racing in over fifteen countries since launch and currently trending as a top 5 racing game in China!

In other big, exciting news, we’re moving again! Kano’s fourth official office and second in two years will be just a few floors up in the same building. We’ll be catching a few more rays and views of Victoria’s harbour from our new vantage point and some much needed space for our growing team.

Speaking of our growing team, we’re hiring!. We’re looking for an experienced development manager to lead our developers as well as more game developers to help with new exciting projects. If you or someone you know has wanted a chance to make games please, send them to www.kanoapps.com/careers.

Kano Apps Team

Ubisoft

This October 4-6, Ubisoft Toronto will host the Game UX Summit ’17 in Toronto at the St. Lawrence Centre. A unique opportunity for attendees to network around our passion for UX in the game industry. To receive updates about the summit, sign up here and follow #GameUXSummit or Twitter.

Ubisoft Team

DK Canada

Combining the beginner coding language Scratch with the indomitable Star Wars empire, Dk Canada’s Star Wars Coding Projects (publishing October 3, 2017) provides Scratch Padawans with step-by-step instructions for creating cool computer projects, animations, and games.

Coders can create their own droid sprite, navigate a spaceship through an asteroid belt, go on a jet-pack adventure, and harness the power of the Force to move kyber crystals, all while mastering essential coding skills!

Featuring six fully illustrated Scratch projects, budding coders ages eight and up will love the “C-3PO says” coding concept panels, R2-D2’s “Code Words,” and the exclusively commissioned Star Wars artwork featuring classic characters from the saga.

Dk Canada Team

Norima Consulting  

Norima Consulting and the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce (“MCC”) are pleased to announce Norima’s selection as 1 of 3 Finalists in the Outstanding Medium Business Category for the 34th Annual Manitoba Business Awards.

From its humble beginnings in 2006 as a single-employee start-up in a home basement in Winnipeg, to three founding partners working in Winnipeg and San Diego, Norima has grown to over 95 Consultants located across Canada and the United States. Over the past decade, Norima has worked with over 100 clients. Over the past 5 years, Norima has recognized 5-year revenue growth of 105%. This year, we are celebrating 10 years of excellence in business.

Norima operates via a model of client site and remote work, through which its professional Consultants have supported successful transformation and innovation in mid- to large-tier Manitoba companies, as well as multiple organizations across the United States, in insurance, financial services, and healthcare. This year, Norima also became 1 of 33 companies certified as a Bronze Services Partner for ServiceNow.

“Our team does world-class work across North America, right from our office at Portage and Main. The support of the Manitoba business community has been critical to the success of Norima, with particular focus on those clients and partners that have entrusted us to support their success over the past 10 years,” says CEO David Kuik. “We have a bold future vision for Norima. Continued and strengthened relationships with individuals and organizations within the Manitoba business community will play a key role in realizing that future vision. Thank you to the selection committee for selecting Norima for this prestigious honour.”

Since, Norima has made substantial investment in professional development to enable the future growth of the team both personally and professionally, and to support the growth of the company.

“We have made it a top priority to actively invest in the education and professional growth of our team, and to provide a collaborative, rewarding environment, as well as work opportunities that attract and retain top-tier candidates and employees,” said Susan Goldie, Director of Consulting Services. “At the end of the day, it is our dedicated, passionate team—and the quality and consistency of our service delivery—that has allowed us to grow consistently in both size and revenue for over a decade.”

Canadian Business and PROFIT today ranked Norima Consulting Inc. (“Norima”) on the 29th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Maclean’s magazine and at CanadianBusiness.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.

Norima Consulting Inc. made the 2017 PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 131%.

From its humble beginnings in 2006 as a single-employee start-up in a home basement in Winnipeg, to three founding partners working in Winnipeg and San Diego, Norima has grown to over 95 Consultants located across Canada and the United States. Over the past decade, Norima has worked with over 100 clients. Over the past 5 years, Norima has recognized 5-year revenue growth of 131%.

“It is never easy to earn a spot on the PROFIT 500, but this year’s applicant pool was the most competitive yet,” says Deborah Aarts, PROFIT 500 program manager. “This year’s winners demonstrate the resilience, innovation and sheer management smarts it takes to build a thriving business today. Canada—and the world—needs more entrepreneurial success stories like these.”

“Norima is honoured to be recognized on the PROFIT 500 ranking,” says CEO David Kuik. “This achievement reflects the strength of our consulting practice and the dedication of our team. We are immensely proud of the success we have achieved to date, but we have a bold future vision for Norima that we will continue to strive for and work towards. Thank you to the clients and partners that have entrusted us to support their success to date.”

This year, Norima Consulting Inc. (“Norima”) marks 10 years of excellence in business. From its humble beginnings in 2006 as a single-employee start-up in a home basement in Winnipeg, to three founding partners working in Winnipeg and San Diego, Norima has grown to over 95 Consultants across Canada and the United States, and has worked with over 100 clients.

Throughout the month of September, Norima will be celebrating with a series of events to thank those who have been instrumental in Norima’s success. Festivities include a Client Appreciation Event to thank and recognize those clients and partners that have entrusted us to support their success over the past 10 years, as well as an Employee Appreciation Event to thank and recognize the incredible team at Norima.

“We have never shied away from change, and we are always keeping our eye on new techniques, processes and services in order to stand apart in this era of constant disruption,” says CEO David Kuik. “But, at the end of the day, it is our team that really sets us apart. It is, without a doubt, our dedicated, passionate team—and the quality and consistency of our service delivery—that has allowed us to establish ourselves as trusted advisors and to grow consistently in both size and revenue for over a decade.”

Norima provides the services of well-educated, highly trained, and experienced professionals who share a passion for solving complex organizational problems with technology-based solutions, and for fast-tracking innovation initiatives. We are passionate about working with organizations that are leveraging technology to innovate and enable the next stage of growth.

Norima Consulting Team

Clio

We’ve been busy at Clio! From hosting over 1,000 legal professionals at their annual Clio Cloud Conference in New Orleans, to announcing the complete reinvention of their platform with the new Clio experience, Clio is the place for anyone looking to work on big, bold projects. In addition, Clio announced a $1 million developer fund, and a $100,000 app integration contest called Launch//Code—so if you’re ready to build against their new API v4 to create the most creative, powerful, and useful integrations for Clio, they’re ready to help you do it. When you think of legal practice management software, you might not picture an innovative tech company that values its people and culture as much as it does transforming the practice of law, but if you are looking at Clio, that’s exactly what you’ll find. The best part? They’re hiring for roles across Canada. So if you’re ready to do work that matters with an industry-challenging technology leader, they’re ready to help you take your career to the next level.

Clio Team

Jibestream

women.js is made up of a group of Jibestream employees dedicated to increasing the presence of women within their organization and inspiring gender equality in tech. Since hosting their first Ladies Learning Code (LLC) Beginner HTML and CSS workshop, women.js has been busy riding the waves to ensure that the excitement of a successful night of coding, education and learning will have a lasting impact for their company.

Since the event, women.js has implemented new steps in their hiring process that encourages more women to apply to positions at Jibestream. This comes just in time as Jibestream is hiring for a handful of key roles including a Senior Product Manager, a Java Developer for the R&D team, a Sales Account Executive and an HR Manager. And if you thought members of women.js were not busy enough, they’re also in the process of putting together a dedicated “About women.js” page while juggling a new release that’s coming out in the next few weeks (check out theJibestream news section)—phew! Now who can map everything that they’re doing?

Jibestream Team

Architech

Recently Architech went through a brand refresh – it was time to evolve their look and feel to match the dynamic work they were doing with their clients and partners. After many brainstorming sessions, late nights, and much discussion with clients, employees, and other key stakeholders, they have a new look that really captures who they are as a digital product studio, today.

Architech has had success over recent months with a range of client projects including a large Canadian telco, a major international commercial services company, one of Canada’s largest retailers, a large insurance broker, and a global Internet company. Projects have involved Lean Startup, Design Thinking, Agile Engineering and Machine Learning. Technologies include Jave, AngularJS, React.js, Node.js, Azure cloud, infra-as- a-service with Docker and OpenShift, TDD and continuous integration/delivery pipelines.

Our client projects, methodologies, and technologies enabled Architech to attain Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform and Silver Application Development competencies.

Architech recently introduced a Masterclass series. Learning in this rapidly changing world is critical so they have decided to offer complimentary sessions focused on Design Thinking, Machine Learning, and advanced engineering practices. If you’re interested, you can bring an Architech expert to a team offsite or development day, to a lunch &  learn or breakfast session, or really anywhere you want to add value and help your team learn and grow.

If you want to learn about what they are excited about and help grow Architech as a digital product studio, check out their careers page. – they are actively hiring. Becoming part of the Architech Team means joining a community of driven, creative, client-centred, curious, and results-driven professionals.

Architech Team


Our Sponsors & Community are Hiring!

Did you know that we have an awesome job board and that it’s constantly being updated? Some of the positions currently available are:

Also, make sure to head over to TELUS’ website, they recently launched a new blog and careers page! If you’re looking to hire, check out the HackerYou student directory, where you’ll find lots of talented developers.