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Resources all BC tech professionals should know

The HTML500, North America’s largest learn-to-code event, is back in 2015 and BCIC is a proud founding partner. It’s a great time to be a programmer in British Columbia… The average annual salary of technology workers is at a new high of $75,000, which is far above the BC average of $45,000; the demand for skilled talent is on the rise!

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The true job of a Developer: Knowing how to NOT KNOW

One of the most compelling reasons we see for the everyday Jane or Joe to learn code is the opportunity it provides to truly utilize our neuroplasticity. Our brain has the capacity to make room for new things, new languages, new syntax, new skills; coding can bring that out in a way that a game morning Sudoku doesn’t quite encapsulate.

Creating to Inspire: Why We Built The HTML500

Here we are, at the end of 2014, and the majority of Canadians are still untrained in the art of code. This, despite free online resources, a demand for programmers that is going completely unfilled and a population that have all adjusted to using the internet so widely that online dating is more real than real dating. Are you still asking why we created The HTML500?

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Coding as the New Literacy

Most people are intimidated by the idea that they could learn to code. That's for intellectuals, geeks, and techies, right? However, there is a new movement in literacy, a movement where the ability to convey your desires to the computer in a language it can understand is something that people are reaching out for eagerly. Students, stay-at-home moms, long-haul truck drivers, and construction workers are all learning a new way to express themselves and solve problems.

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Can This Old Dog Learn New Tricks?

Participating in rather than just observing the largest open access education event in the history of Vancouver, was an amazing personal experience. Thanks to the team at Lighthouse Labs, a small army of volunteers, a great ensemble of developer teaching assistants, and an impressive group of committed industry partners, it proved to be a most rewarding day.