David Guida and Sarah Naqvi wear a lot of hats... but the hat they love most is their "teacher hats." They are thinkers, creators, and leaders in a medley of grassroots organizations that promote good things happening for young people and tech. They talk passionately about their initiations into coding, why digital literacy is important, and the directions we see it moving in the future.
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BY ROMAN MILO
@ VOL 12
ON JAN 17, 2012
Roman Milo is a digital artist and was one of the founding members of Harbourfront Centre. He started working with digital art when his computer got hacked by the Romanian KGB hacking school in 1995. He then started studying computer viruses and code, and created an art show inspired by the codes.
"Presentation of the Day" on February 26, 2013.
The Morden Heirloom: Coding Quilts
BY ELIZABETH ELLIOTT
@ VOL 29
ON APR 01, 2014
Elizabeth "Libs" Elliott merges old craft and modern art forms to create beautiful quilts with a technological twist. Using the Processing visual programming language, Elizabeth generates random patterns for her quilts by altering code to play with colour palettes, geometric shapes, and other variables. She draws out each pattern by hand and then sews them onto quilts.
"Presentation of the Day" on July 16, 2014.
Coderdojo: La Palestra di Programmazione
BY FRANCESCO BOANO
@ VOL 9
ON JUN 05, 2014
Francesco Boano talks about CoderDojo is a global network of clubs that teach young people in areas specializing in computer programming and computer technology. There are now clubs in 22 countries, teaching 10,000 children to write computer code and programs each week.
Founded CoderDojo in 2011 as a not-for-profit organisation that teaches children how to code. It aims to teach them creative problem-solving skills and practical creative skills and was launched in Ireland in mid-2011. The first CoderDojo took place on 23 July 2011 in the National Software Centre in Cork.
The initiative arrived in Genoa this year, with the opening of the first “dojo” at Talent Garden Genova.
Playing Around: cultivating creativity in kids
BY LINDA MCINTOSH
@ VOL 8
ON SEP 25, 2015
Linda McIntosh is award-winning mixed-media collage artist exhibiting in Canada + Europe and is an active member of the Markham Group of Artists as Coordinator for collaborative art projects in the community. Her presentation talks about how important it is to cultivate curiosity and creativity with children from a young age.
Instigating a Community
BY R.J. JUNEAU
@ VOL 8
ON SEP 25, 2015
"We love that warm fuzzy feeling of being together."
In Instigating a Community from PechaKucha Night Markham Vol. 8, RJ Juneau, a scout Leader, founder of Maxxian, and instigator of y-lab maker group discusses how despite the claim from many that the internet obviates the need people to get together, in reality it allows us to build new communities faster than ever before.
Why Knoxville’s Zoning Code Prohibits Good Urban Design and Prevents Walkable Communities
BY MARSHALL STAIR
@ VOL 20
ON AUG 18, 2016
Walkability is key in improving health, the local economy, and the environment. Unfortunately Knoxville’s zoning code prohibits mixed use, requires too much parking, and mandates large setbacks, all of which make Knoxville less walkable and transit friendly. In this presentation, Marshall Stair explores Knoxville and discusses what could be done to promote walkability in future developments.