Did you know that Girl Develop It is celebrating a huge milestone this month? Over the past five years, we have taught 60,000 students to code across our 50+ chapters. That’s huge!
Here are a few highlights of our upcoming celebration:
#GDIday: Tuesday, January 12th will be the big, fun start to our month-long celebration. Follow along on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as we share inspiring messages from thought leaders and heroes in the community. Please RT and spread the word!
Thunderclap: Join hundreds of thousands of GDI fans in a collective message about #GDIday. Sign up here before 12pm EST on Tuesday 1/12
Reddit #AskMeAnything (AMA): On GDI Day 1/12 at 12pm EST, Girl Develop It Executive Director, Corinne Warnshuis and Co-founder/Advisor Vanessa Hurst will be on Reddit answering questions about learning to code, our 50+ chapters around the US, and more. We’d love for you to join the conversation.
Follow along and join in!
Tell us: What’s something you’ve built lately? How Girl Develop It has made an impact on your life?
Are you a Girl Develop It student or TA who’s on the fence about speaking or teaching?
WordCamp Philly, happening this year June 7-8th, is one of the best points of entry for those interested in getting into speaking or leading workshops at conferences.
Here are just a few of the reasons why you should participate as a speaker:
It’s local: you’ll see a lot of familiar faces in the crowd!
It’s a friendly audience: WordPress community is generally very supportive and welcoming. (Think of GDI’s WP teacher, owner of Yikes, Inc. and WordCamp organizer, Tracy Levesque – she’s like the nicest person around!)
There’s a whole track for beginners: a huge audience of beginners attend WordCamp looking to learn the basics. Therefore, there’s a big need for speakers who can lead sessions on getting started. If you’re not super advanced yet, don’t let that stop you – start simple!
The sessions are only 45 minutes: That’s not a lot of time to fill! If you get nervous, it’ll be over soon.
Organizers want to see new faces speak. They have specifically reached out to Girl Develop It for our help in finding first-time speakers.
There are a ton of topics to choose from! Many are tried-and-true. Some are brand new. Take a look at some of the topics we brainstormed around at our GDI Philly presentation brainstorming session that would be great to see first-timers take on:
Best practices for client-project workflow
Accessibility on WordPress
Creating a good User Interface
The website owner’s guide to working with designers (Best practices)
WordPress for Education
How to maintain your WordPress.com/WordPress.org site
Legal and copyright, ethics workshop
I’ve got a blog…now what? Growing your audience
Keeping up with Updates
Technical blogging: How to share technical tips on your WordPress blog
How to Navigate the WordPress documentation and get the most out of it
How to choose themes, plugins and widgets
Definitions and Decryption – decoding all the WP terms and lingo
Fun with Fonts
How to get more involved in the WordPress community locally
Deadline to apply to speak is Friday, May 16th – that’s THIS Friday. Find more info and apply here.
Here are some great resources to help you find your perfect presentation idea: