Virtual Coffee Newsletter, August 2021
What we're up to in August: Health and Self Care ✨
We did some great work in July with Demo Days, but now it's time to reflect, regroup, and recharge in August.
💞 Community Kindness
Spotlighting some of the kindness happening in our community.
"Rahat, Meg, Rafi, thanks for the tips, you are the best!!!"
"Special thanks to Nick for boosting my mood up."
"I am grateful for some peace and quiet away from school work, for new and interesting things that I will do with the VC community. Things I never would have thought I'd do."
📆 What's happening at Virtual Coffee
- Monthly challenge -> Month of Demo in Public
- New members: 38 new members
💡 Monthly Theme & Challenge: Month of Healthy Habits!!
This month's challenge is all about nourishing our bodies, minds, and spirits so that we can become healthier developers.
Season 3 of the podcast has started off strong!
- Jono Yeong - Digital Gardening and Tim Tams
- Abbey Perini - Finding Confidence and Opportunities
- Ayu Adiati - Working through burnout as a self-taught developer
- Joan Marie Verba - Keeping hope through decades of challenges
🥪 Brownbags and Workshops
These are members-only events that last for 45 - 90 minutes.
- August 6th, 2021 - 12:00 P.M. EDT: Brownbag: A Snake's Eye View of Python with Julia Seidman
- August 20, 2021, 12:00 PM EDT: Brownbag Session: Chess & AI - The Canary in the Coalmine of Technology w/ Jessi S.
Member Blogpost Highlights
Some of our member posts we loved in July
- A Step by Step Process for Turning Designs Into Code - Mark Noonan
- Magic Arrow Puzzle 3D-Geometry - Gant Laborde
- Getting Started With Regular Expressions - Nick Taylor
- A CRM is a Job-Seeker's best friend - Daniel Anderson
"I am so so so grateful for this community always having my back and hyping me up. It feels so nice to know there are people in my corner and rooting for me. It means so much!"
"I'm super grateful to Roger for helping me troubleshoot my Heroku deployment issues yesterday. After some rest, I was able to implement his advice and was able to successfully deploy my site with a working database!"
"Hey y'all! I didn't have the chance to attend the latest VC meetings. Still, I'd like to thank you all for being such a great community. Even lurking around here on Slack gives me a lot of joy. Bestest community evaaar."
What our members are up to
- A huge thank you to Andrew Bush for his amazing job in spearheading the Month of Demo in July, continuing from the amazing work from June.
- Thank you to Julia Seidman for doing an incredible job leading this month's mock technical interviews.
- Shoutout to Marie Antons for starting his streaming journey with Drone
- Kudos to Roger Gentry and Justin Lane for both releasing their apps in the Apple store!
- Shoutout to Aurelie for co-organizing and presenting at our Moms in Tech meetup!
Open Source Projects We Love!
- VirtualCoffee.io, an 11ty Web App for our community created by Dan Ott
- Protege.dev, a React Web App to help junior devs find remote jobs by Drew Clements
- DRONE - a Continuous Delivery system built on container technology