Coding Challenge


Coding Challenge: Do a 5 Day Deep Dive Into a Project You Want to Make Progress On

There are plenty of coding challenges floating around the internet.  But, a lot of them are in spaces that feel highly academic (I dropped out of college twice) or are based on competition.  I wanted to participate in a coding challenge that was based on completing a project, watching other people complete projects, and celebrating the fact that we’re all making progress at the same time.  I find it really interesting to see how people approach problems, and what they learn from “failures”. I also knew that I didn’t want to commit to a long-term coding challenge. I write code for a living, so I’m already putting in at least 8 hours per day.  I know myself well enough to know that if I committed to a long-term coding challenge, my self-care wouldn’t be a priority.  And to be perfectly honest with you, when my self-care isn’t a priority, my…

I’m Starting a Mentorship Program for Underrepresented People in Tech

Update: Applications are open! Details on how to apply here. I remember when I made the decision to quit my bartending job and focus on writing code full time. It was 4 am, and I was standing behind the front bar of a busy Wicker Park club, wearing a blue wig.  The theme of the party I was bartending was “Fight or Flight”, so I was dressed like Brittany Spears from the toxic video.  The dance floor was packed with people dressed like pilots, flight attendants, boxers, and ninjas. I felt like I understood some basics of Ruby, Python, and other languages that I’d been teaching myself, but something was missing. I didn’t know how to put it all together to write code like a professional would. I turned around to my friend Shaun who was a software engineer and told him my plan.  To celebrate, he bought a round of shots for everyone…