With one cohort under our belt, we kicked off our Spring 2014 nine-week full-time web development bootcamp just last week. The 23 people listed below have backgrounds spanning from graphic design, and IT, to health, comedy, and pastries. It's clear why this diverse group was chosen for the program. Allow us to introduce the amazing folks who have joined us for this nine-week adventure:
Anna Colebatch - @anna_cdot
Linguist at heart; love building accessible websites and making the internet a happier place. Born in: Witzenhausen, Germany Education: MA in Applied Linguistics, BA in Communication and Liguistics Languages spoken: German, English and some Spanish Previous occupation: Communication Instructor Fun fact about me: My bookshelf is colour coded
Corbin Jensen - @corblog
Web Developer Specializing in Front-End, UX/UI - In pursuit of the perfect code - Blogger @ corblog.ca Born in: Lethbridge, Alberta Education: Hard Knox University Languages spoken: English Previous occupation: Managed I.T. Consultant Fun fact about me: Once lived in a Minivan for 3 months exploring Canada.
Daniel Guay -@workingangles
My collar is blue, I learn, I do. Born in: Cornwall Ontario Education: School of Technical Hard Knocks Languages spoken: English, French Previous occupation: IT Manager Fun fact about me: I've been tricked into bungee jumping.
Emily Porta - @agentemily
Web developer and librarian who loves community building, teaching, and the startup world. Born in: Niagara Falls, ON Education: Master of Information, University of Toronto Languages spoken: English Previous occupation: Librarian Fun fact about me: I'm learning to drive a motorcycle!
Jennifer Abela-Froese - @jabelafroese
Graphic Designer, Front-End Web Developer and Lover of Dance. Born in: Winnipeg, Manitoba Education: Bachelor of Graphic Design, York University/Sheridan College Languages spoken: English Previous occupation: Graphic Designer Fun fact about me: I have a strangely loud clap.
Jessie Willms - @jessiewillms
Web developer, designer, digital story teller. Born in: Waterloo, ON Education: Communications, University of Ottawa Languages spoken: English Previous occupation: Designer, iPolitics.ca Fun fact about me: Totally terrified of escalators when they are turned off, and revolving doors.
Jonny James - @RamblaPacifico
Long Distance Runner. It's either Code or the Road. **Born in: **Guelph Education: Biological Anthropology Languages spoken: English, "Street-Level Japanese" Previous occupation: Project Manager, Bam Digital Fun fact about me: Ran the Boston marathon
Krisztina Kun - @kunstudios
Graphic designer + web developer. Maker + doer. Eastern Europe meets west coast. Born in: Timisoara, Romania Education: BA, English, University of Victoria. Languages spoken: English, Hungarian Previous occupation: Graphic designer: Vancouver Public Library and Vancouver Community College Fun fact about me: I'm from just outside Transylvania.
Lili Ye - @ielilies
A Toronto-based front-end developer who is enthusiastic about technology and traveling solo. Born in: China Education: B.B.A. - Marketing Languages spoken: English/Cantonese/Mandarin Previous occupation: Software Trainer and Technician at Apple Fun fact about me: I got my PADI scuba diving licence before learning how to swim.
Logan Greer - @logan_greer
Front-End Developer and UX Designer. If my computer is closed, I'm on my snowboard. Born in: Lindsay, ON Education: Bachelor of Arts (Political Science, History), Trent University Languages spoken: English Previous occupation: Action Sports Branding Fun fact about me: I share the same first and middle name with the X-Men character Wolverine.
Margaret Reffell - @MargReffell
Web Developer | Wordpress & e-Commerce | Food and Fitness Lover! Born in: Burlington, ON Education: Masters Degree Languages spoken: English Previous occupation: Researcher/Health Practitioner Fun fact about me: I have a cat with three legs.
Matt McFadyen - @mattmcfad
Toronto based Developer, World Traveler, Hockey Aficionado, Adrenaline Junkie, Cheeseburger Connoisseur Born in: Toronto, ON Education: BSc(Hons), Computer Science, UOIT Languages spoken: English Previous occupation: Student Fun fact about me: I am 22 and I have visited 22 different countries.
**Meagan O'Hara **- @megseoh
Front-end web developer who loves to code beautiful & responsive websites. Urban cyclist, compulsive list-maker, habitual DIYer, persistent cruciverbalist. Likes: design & avocados. Born in: Sudbury, ON Education: BA (Psych, French), 2/3 BFA (Drawing, Painting) Languages spoken: English, French Previous occupation: Freelance Programmer Fun fact about me: I've had six wisdom teeth pulled.
Nerissa Martin - @JustNerissa
A web developer who writes. Born in: Toronto, ON Education: Bachelor Degree / PR Languages spoken: English Previous occupation: Corporate Communications Fun fact about me: I will dance to anything!
Rasin Zakaria - @raaasin
Enjoys getting lost in (code), then finding the way. Born in: Dahka, Bangladesh Education: HBA in Art-History Languages spoken: Bangla, English Previous occupation: Student; Graphic Designer Fun fact about me: I love wasabi.
Rayhan Vevaina - @ray_vevaina
Web Developer. Writer. Design Enthusiast. Passionate about art, music, travel and self-development. Born in: Bombay, India Education: Bachelor of Arts, York University. Creative Advertising Diploma, Seneca College. Languages spoken: English Previous occupation: Advertising Copywriter & Marketing and Promotions Specialist. Fun fact about me: I spent a year bartending at the largest bar in Vancouver!
Robin Woollacott - @rswoollacott
Always on an adventure in pursuit of health, learning and happiness! Born in: Prince George, BC Education: In the midst of a Bachelor of Architecture - Design, previously, 2.5yrs of a BSc in Materials Engineering Languages spoken: English, wee bit of Italian, wee bit of French Previous occupation: Fishing guide, ski coach, student forever Fun fact about me: I've woken myself up by giggling - mid August, I was dreaming of skiing steep fresh powder (heaven!)
Sarah Capecci - @sarahcapecci
I can finally say I love my job. It is very fulfilling and I am motivated to make a difference in people's lives. Born in: Sao Paulo, Brazil Education: Bachelor of Economics, Universidade de Sao Paulo Languages spoken: English, Portuguese, French and Spanish Previous occupation: Stock Trader Fun fact about me: I'm a very curious person. This is one of the reasons why I have learned so many languages (I like to know what people are talking about) - I guess I could apply that to coding as well. I like to know how things are built.
Simon Proudfoot - @proudfeet_
Working line by line to make the web a more awesome place Born in: Vancouver Education: University of Toronto Languages spoken: English Previous occupation: Pastry cook Fun fact about me: Unwavering snack enthusiast
Vanessa Marion-Merritt - @vanessamerritt_
Design with Merritt Born in: the 80s Education: Masters of Information Science, University of Toronto Languages spoken: English, HTML, CSS Previous occupation: Librarian Fun fact about me: I've seen every season of Project Runway
Developer in training at HackerYou. Born in: Toronto Education: B.A. Studio Art, University of Guelph Languages spoken: English Previous occupation: I've run the gamut from office gigs to artist assisting. Fun fact about me: I can do a cartwheel!
Wisam Zaghal - @_wzaghal
Ambitious Developer who's passionate about music, startups and problem-solving. Born in: Doha, Qatar Education: Bachelor of Computing (Honours) Software Design Languages spoken: English, Arabic Previous occupation: Application Developer at Kingston Public Health Fun fact about me: I've survived in -35 °C weather and 55 °C weather.
Zoe Daniels - @zoejokes
A web developer with a sense of humor. Born in: St. Paul, Minnesota Education: McGill University Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish Previous occupation: Comedian Fun fact about me: Child model for a book about owning pet cats.
Wish you were part of this amazing group?
We still have a few spots left for our Summer 2014 cohort! It begins on June 30th and will be led by a very talented trio: Brenna O'Brien, Christina Truong and Drew Minns. Click here to learn more or apply.