Virtual Coffee Newsletter, March 2021
Our community was on 🔥 in February and they're bringing it into March
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.
🥪 🙌 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
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 Halland 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
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