January was all about getting back into the swing of things, and in February, we're going one step further, finding friends to pair up with and getting ready for lightning talks!
💞 Community Kindness
Spotlighting some of the kindness happening in our community.
"This community has been so supportive this week and I am very grateful that I have so much support."
"I'm so grateful for this community. It is possible that I would have quit trying on several occasions over the last two years, including this week, if it weren't for all of you. Some of them have tagged me in a message or reached out to me in DMs with just one or two sentences expressing support. You have absolutely no idea what your simple gestures have meant to me. Thank you!"
📆 What's happening at Virtual Coffee
- Monthly challenge -> All About Learning!
We spent the month of January choosing new technologies to learn and explore, and partnering up with others to learn.
💡 Monthly Theme & Challenge: Month of Pairing!
Pairing is more than just coding with someone else. Pairing is about communication, teaching, learning, positive reinforcements, and growing.
🥪 Lunch & Learns and Workshops
These are members-only events that last for 45 - 90 minutes.
- Feb 4, 12:00am EST: Lunch & Learn: Personal Finance Basics - Julia Seidman
** Link for the Lunch & Learns can be found in Slack about 15 minutes before the event and the descriptions can be found at virtualcoffee.io/events
💡 Lightning Talks are back!
We're bringing back the lightning talks!!!
Day/Time: TBA, likely end of March
Details: 7-10 minutes on a tech-related topic
How: Livestreamed to the VC community
** Mentorship will be available. This is a great space to test out a new talk, work on speaking in front of an audience, sharing and supporting others. All speakers must be VC members. Everyone who submits is accepted! To submit your talk, head over to our form. We'll be accepting proposals through Friday, February 11th.
Member Blogpost Highlights
Here's some of the awesome articles our members wrote to kick the year off!
- My journey through the 100 days of code! Day 0-7 - Andrew Harper
- So You Want to Get Started in Community? - Bekah Hawrot Weigel
- Build a React app with fast indexing and instant inventory updates - Julia Seidman
As always, shout-out to all our members celebrating new roles this month!
"I have had my end of year review and my title has changed from Junior Full Stack Developer to Full Stack Developer, effective immediately."
"Was awarded for RenderATL scholarship to go to their conference in June!!! This is going to be my first professional conference that I’m going to in person!!"
"Finished 6 talk ideas and submitted to KCDC!"
What our members are up to
- Check out some of our resident streamers: Bekah, Nick, Jono, Arthur, and Ian
- Nick Taylor's newsletter keeps you up to date with the hot topics in tech.
- Arthur Doler created an amazing talk about burnout.
Open Source Projects
- 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