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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

"Technology is so woven into the fabric of society that we cant't imagine a world without it."

In Painting, Sculpting, and Singing in Code from PechaKucha Night Markham Vol. 8, David Guida and Sarah Naqvi passionately share their experiences in coding and the direction they see it heading in the future.

David and Sarah are thinkers, creators, and leaders in a medley of grassroots organizations that promote tech awareness for the youth of their community.

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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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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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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.

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Tech Art - Creative endeavours in a games industry:  where art and code meet

BY ROBERT VAN DUURSEN
@ VOL 15 ON AUG 07, 2018

Robert van Duursen speaks about his adventure in the games industry and his creative endeavours.

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Creating a unique Dress Code

BY ANDY BOOTHMAN
@ VOL 16 ON OCT 17, 2018

Andy Boothman, an experienced graphic designer, was inspired by a computer glitch to create designs for a range of high quality shirts. Not content with designing them he dived into a whole new world of manufacturing and retailing - all while keeping his established business running.  Andy shares the experience of wearing two hats and all that was involved in getting Dress Code Shirts up and running. 

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Code, parcours atypiques, insertion professionnelle : pour un monde sans diplôme ?

BY AYOUB MOHYI
@ VOL 7 ON OCT 27, 2018

BeCode, une formation gratuite en développement web accessible à toutes et tous. Après un premier centre de formation à Bruxelles, BeCode a ouvert des campus à Charleroi, Liège et Genk, une success-story à laquelle Ayoub a largement contribué.

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The Science of Learning How to Code

BY CHEE YIM GOH
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 14, 2019

Chee Yim started Python workshop series in 2017 within WWCode KL community and tested different ways of teaching methods for 1 year. They found some interesting behaviour about how we learn coding and just maybe, there is something about the way we teach Computer Science in our educational system that contributes to the gender gap (there are some patterns being discussed by Robert C. Martin as well, an early programmer in the 70s.