February was an amazing month for us and March promises to be just as incredible. We polished our Month of Sharing, and we capped it off with our Lightning Talks; over a dozen members presented! We're keeping up that energy going into March with a ton of brownbag events for even more knowledge and goodness 💖
💞 Community Kindness
Spotlighting some of the kindness happening in our community.
- Thank you so much to Seth Hall and Ray Deck for pairing with our Virtual Coffee members on a variety of front-end topics, providing sound knowledge and a kind and caring demeanor.
- Shoutout to Meg Gutshall for bringing her positive energy and enthusiasm as a room leader and notetaker for our Coffees and for her work on the AV Team.
- A heartfelt thank you to all of our volunteers, especially the Lightning Talk Coordinators, Room Leaders and Notetakers, and AV Team, who support the community and make our events so special!
- A special thank you to Karen Dickenson for leading the book club reading of "Atomic Habits" this month.
📆 What's happening at Virtual Coffee
- Monthly challenge > Show your work! Creating Audio/Visual content
- New members: 45 new members
🥪 Lightning Talks
We had our 2nd ever Lightning Talk Event live-streamed on YouTube and it was amazing. A huge thank you to the speakers, volunteers, coordinators, and attendees who made this possible! We can't wait to share the recordings.
💡 Monthly Challenge: Get Job Ready!
Time to make note of all the cool things that you do! Get job-ready! Resumes, Portfolios, Cover Letters, and Elevator Pitch! Whether you're actively looking, getting ready to look, or just want to update your materials in case that dream job comes along, this is a great time to do it with the community and to get some feedback.
- Vic Vijayakumar - Indie Hacking
- Cameron Bardell and Rahat Chowdhury - Mental Health & Tech
- Drew Clements - Building a career and community
- Colleen Schnettler - Tech: It's hard, but it's worth it
🥪 🙌 Livestream Q&A Collaboration
March 4th, 1:15pm EST - Bekah from Virtual Coffee, Drew from Protege.dev, and Andrew from The Collab Lab will be live streaming their panel, Empowering Junior Developers, and taking questions through YouTube chat.
- March 5th, 12:00pm EST - Salary Negotiations Q&A by Bryan Healey
- March 8th, 11:00am EST - Styling Emails Using HTML and MJML Framework by Elizabeth de Almeida
- March 12th,12:00pm EST - A Deep Dive into the World of Module/no module Bundlers by Jono Yeong
- March 15th, 12:00pm EST - Publishing a Book with TensorFlow.js and O'Reilly by Gant Laborde
- March 19th, 12:00pm EST- Discover Cloudflare Workers and KV by Justin Noel
- March 26th, 12:00pm EST - Type Driven Development with Typescript by Kirk Shillingford
*Remember that brownbags are a member-only event and we post the zoom links approximately 1 hour before the event starts in the #announcements channel.
Member Blog Post Highlights
Some of our member posts we loved in February
- How To Learn Web Development And Level Up Using Wordpress , by Andy Stitt
- Assistive Technology, Text Resizing in iOS and Android , by Lucia Cerchie
- Things I Google Each Week: SQL Views , by Sara McCombs
I am thankful that there are so many people going out of their way and helping me. I don't know if they had help when they were a junior so that's why they know the struggle but it feels truly amazing to be guided and I am extremely touched love this community."
What our members are up to
- Jono Yeong has started a YouTube channel! He's posted his first video, What I've Learned From Five Years As A Developer
- Mike Rogers has been creating content about front end development, Ruby, and Ruby on Rails on his youtube channel
- Seth Hall and Sherif Refaat have both started live-streaming on Twitch
Open Source Projects We Love!
- VirtualCoffee.io, our Virtual Coffee community site - Dan Ott - 11ty
- Protege.dev, remote jobs for junior developers - Drew Clements - React
- The Sylar Project, a Mental Health Repository for easily finding local mental health resources - Rahat Chowdhury - React
- Postpartum Wellness App, an app to help moms monitor their well-being during the post-partum stage - BekahHW - React Native
- frontend-dev, Cli tool to setup developer tooling in your frontend repo - Rafi - JS
- Quarto, An implementation of the Quarto boardgame - Kirk Shillingford - Elm