Montrealers get coding crash course with HTML150 this past week

Montrealers get coding crash course with HTML150 this past week

150 people mentored on web development skills at free event in Griffintown

Newbie coders were welcomed to a crash course in HTML and CSS languages Saturday during the Montreal edition of a Canada-wide coding event — HTML150.

In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, 150 coders were invited to be mentored for free by professionals at ETS, a technology school in Montreal’s Griffintown neighbourhood.

The workshop is meant to help people learn coding and web development in an accessible way.

“Coding is everywhere, technology is everywhere and we have to learn how to create technology instead of just consuming it,” said Jeremy Shaki, co-founder of Lighthouse Labs, which organized the event.

Lighthouse Labs trains people who’ve been dabbled in coding become developers.


With similar events in Toronto, Halifax and Vancouver, among other cities, the initiative hopes to draw in a diverse group of people with varying levels of coding experience.

“When we talk about solutions for the world, we think everybody should be involved,” Shaki told CBC’s All in a Weekend.

“Technology has opened so many doors of communication and problem-solving that everybody probably has a stake in what they’d like to see.”


Not just for geniuses

While coding used to be a pastime for what Shaki calls the “math-wizard genius” he says now it’s becoming more accessible.

“We have ages seven to 70 showing up to learn,” he said.

“I think the environment, and lowering the barriers is what’s it all about.”


Lighthouse Labs has been running these kinds of events since 2013 and recently partnered with Kids Code Jeunesse to bring coding into the classroom.

“Teachers are the ones who have to learn first and foremost,” he said.

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