Networking Events for Code Academy students
If you're just getting plugged into Chicago's technology and entrepreneurship community, you'll find out quickly that there is an abundance of events that you can attend. There's literally an event you can go to every day, night and morning. Attending these events gives you exposure to Chicago's brightest minds and the opportunity to create meaningful relationships. Be mindful as it's very easy to go overboard and attend too many events. Here are recommended events for incoming Code Academy students:
Code & Coffee
Every Tuesday from 7am to 9am
Informal meet-up to talk shop and pair program. Located at the Starbucks at 750 N Franklin St (Chicago Ave & Franklin St). You'll find folks from Groupon, Hashrocket, Trunk Club and other shops/start-ups at this event. It's a great way to meet professional developers in a casual setting. Having a cup of coffee or tea is also a good way to start your morning.
Every Tuesday from 12pm to 1pm
Hosted by Dave Hoover, Code Academy's lead mentor, this is a weekly lunchtime gathering of geeks. Topics include Ruby, Java, XP, Clojure, startups, databases and more. RSVP is required for this event as security is tight at 600 W Chicago (Groupon's headquarters) and because they need a headcount for the free food that is served. RSVPs fill up fast.
Chicago Ruby and Ruby Hacknight
Hosted by Ginny Hendry, a featured Code Academy mentor, these events are typically held twice a month. They're excellent events for both raw beginners and seasoned Rubyists.
Code Academy's Entrepreneurship Series
Every Wednesday from 12pm to 1pm
Code Academy alumni, Jin Hwang and Jean Bahnik, put on an amazing series of weekly events last quarter featuring well-known entrepreneurs. Topics ranged from bootstrapping, VC and angel funding, legal and SEO/SEM. Hosted at 1871/Code Academy, there's no reason to miss out on these events.
Thank VH1 Storytellers meets entrepreneurship. Co-founders Stella Fayman and Tim Jahn started this event last year to showcase entrepreneurs and their amazing stories. It's a candid event where you can ask questions and engage speakers. It's been held once a quarter, so get early bird tickets when they go on sale!
Hosted by Code Academy HTML/CSS instructor, Shay Howe, this event promotes design, technology, usability, and standards for both designers and developers.
Remember, the goal is not to attend events, but to develop relationships that are interdependent, to open your mind and to learn.