We had some super events last weekend – on Friday night, we held a charity “night in” for Macmillan Cancer Support, and on Sunday afternoon our tea party was Python-flavoured, learning the basics of coding in Python.
Really Geeky Night In
Macmillan Cancer Support ran ‘Really Good Night In’ events all over the UK on Friday 26th April, and we were asked to host our own ‘Really Geeky Night In‘ in Manchester (one of over 1000 events taking place in Greater Manchester alone). We got together, and brought along plenty of snacks, drinks, games and toys as well as some 6-minute lightning talks to share over a hot chocolate.
Talk topics included the future of vinyl and audio, 6 tech innovations in 6 minutes, social networking and ‘reach’, and Super Mario Bros on the Wii U (complete with a run-down of the enemies and powerups). The night was great fun, and we’re thinking of holding a similar event in future as part of our regular schedule of tea parties.
The venue for the evening was provided by Reason Digital, a web development company that creates apps and websites entirely for charities and not-for-profits. Their kind offer of a free venue meant we were able to raise over £200 for Macmillan, which supports cancer patients and their families and friends. If you’d like to make a donation, we’re still collecting at justgiving.com/ggtp-macmillan.
On Sunday 28th April, we gathered at Manchester tech start-up wonderland TechHub, in the Northern Quarter. TechHub is the home of loads of up-and-coming Manchester tech businesses, and it was great to be in a place so buzzing with potential and techy knowledge.
Using online coding website Codecademy, we learned the basics of programming in Python. Attendees ranged from complete beginners to existing programmers learning a new language, and we were assisted by a team of volunteers who were advising people when they got stuck.
Since the whole process is done on the website, our attendees could carry on working on the problems set once the session ended, and we noticed some were still unlocking new tutorials well into the following week!
We hope everyone managed to get something out of it, and we’ve had some great feedback on Twitter. We also heard that one attendee was so inspired by attending, she’s thinking of changing careers!
Thanks to all who attended these events, plus all our amazing volunteers who make things happen. If you’d like to attend future events, and especially if you’d like to help out, keep an eye on the site here, sign up for our newsletter (on the right) or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.