posted by -

CEO of HackerYou, my favourite company & community in the whole world. Founder of Ladies Learning Code. Angel Investor. One of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

Founders of Ladies Learning Code launch HackerYou, a school for people who want to learn to code

TORONTO, June 6, 2012 – The founders of Ladies Learning Code, the Toronto-based not-for-profit that has introduced nearly 2000 women (and men) to programming and other technical skills since August 2011, today announced the launch of a new business. This time targeted at both women and men, and with a for-profit business model, HackerYou will offer three-month part-time courses to people who want to learn programming and other technical skills.

Heather Payne, Breanna Hughes, Laura Plant and Melissa Crnic introduced Ladies Learning Code in August of 2011. Since then, they’ve had nearly 2000 beginners participate in dozens of full-day and evening workshops on topics ranging from JavaScript, HTML & CSS, Python, Ruby and more. Ladies Learning Code workshops quickly became sell-out-in-five-minutes popular for two reasons: the small ratio of students to instructors, and the focus on providing a hands-on, project-based learning experience.

In response to feedback from participants to create a “longer version of Ladies Learning Code”, they’ve now launched HackerYou, which will offer three-month, part-time courses on topics relating to programming and design, giving participants enough time to build and hone a new skill set. HackerYou is all about:

1. Hands-on, project-based learning
The best way to learn to code is to…write code. At HackerYou, you’ll actually build stuff. The whole time.

2. Learn from industry-leading professionals
We have a “no professor” policy – all of our instructors are teaching what they do every day. There’s no such thing as tenure here.

3. Small classes (only 30 students!) and a 10:1 student-to-instructor ratio
The “one-to-many” approach to teaching sucks, and we reject it. HackerYou classes are for building stuff, and we make sure there are plenty of smart people around so you can get stuff done.

4. A social and collaborative learning experience
Because people don’t always want to learn to code alone in their basement.

HackerYou is now accepting applications for its “Introduction to Web Development” course which begins on September 17th in Toronto. Click here to learn more or apply.


HackerYou offers three-month, part-time courses for people who want to learn to code by actually building stuff, led by industry-leading professionals. Offering courses on front-end development, back-end development and design, and founded by the same team that introduced Ladies Learning Code in 2011, HackerYou strives to be the best in-person learning experience for people who want to learn how to code.

For more information, please visit or contact Heather Payne, co-founder of HackerYou at heather [at] You can also connect with HackerYou on Twitter and Facebook.

Categories: Ladies Learning Code, News, Press Release.