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David Guida & Sarah Naqvi Sarah Naqvi

Directors of Education, Sparked in Markham

Painting, Sculpting, and Singing in Code

PRESENTED ON SEP 25, 2015
IN MARKHAM @ VOL 8

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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Malware Art

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.

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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.

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The Startup Bus

BY NATE COOPER
@ VOL 1 ON AUG 14, 2014

Nate Cooper takes us for a ride on the Start Up Bus! 

Apps, programs and comics, oh my!

Going into depth about the features of how the competition helps people connect and work on creating their own businesses. 

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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.

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Bletchley Park

BY SHAUN ARMSTRONG
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 06, 2014

Shaun Armstrong is the official photographer at the home of the World War II code breakers, Bletchley Park. He offers us insight into its world changing history and importance as the birthplace of modern computing. 

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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. 

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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. 8RJ 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.

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The Secret Code in Shibboleth

BY KATE KELLEHER
@ VOL 9 ON OCT 09, 2015

How has pronounciation shaped history and culture? Kate Kelleher explores "shibboleth" and its social implications, then and now.

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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.