HackerYou Cohort #5 – Also known as HamBun

Last night I popped over to Starbucks to grab a Soy chocolate chip thingy and over to the HackerYou Cohort #5 demo night! The students are finished on Friday! Yay! And one of my friends, Heather Banks, from the part-time course that I took in the fall went on to take the full-time program to learn a ton more about coding and building websites forever! (and get paid for it!)

So because I like supporting cool things and my friends I went over to check out the student projects and watch the demos. After catching up and looking at some of the projects we were ushered into the main room for the evening demos. Heather Payne (CEO of HackerYou) did a short introduction about what HackerYou is and does, and lead instructor Wes Bos followed up with more about what the class learned.

Six students presented one project each, well sort of. Two ladies (Anna Mackenzie and Hannah Wong, above) presented together, showing a joint fully custom WordPress theme that is designed for weddings.

Other presenters were:

  • Jenny VeensFlashlight, a jquery plugin! Have a look, it’s super cute!
  • Sarah LeshTaste and Tell, an LCBO API run site that tells you more about what you are drinking
  • Sarah Hunter – Wine Not, also an LCBO API run site that suggests wine to you based on a price range and what type you are looking for
  • Jordan DeutschHere or There, an API run site that gives you coffee house locations based on where you are or where you are going to help you decided if you want to grab a coffee before you leave or when you get there
  • Ross Butcher (below) – Piano Gallery, an online gallery that you can upload photos to and it creates a beautiful way of viewing them, while playing piano keys as you hover over thumbnails


After the student demos I stayed a bit to chat with a few people and then left, hoping to get in sometime at the job before my body realized it still hadn’t had dinner, I left the gym just after 9pm, hungry.

I am very happy for all these students and can not wait to see where they go when class official ends!

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  • Reply Jenny Veens June 1, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Hi Erika! Just came across this post now 🙂 Thanks so much for mentioning me!

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