HTML500 expands to nine cities to teach 2500 Canadians to code

After a year-long hiatus, HTML500, a free learn to code event hosted by Lighthouse Labs, is kicking off in Toronto on February 18.

HTML500 will run in eight other cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa, Halifax, Victoria, London, and Saskatoon. The coding school said that over 2,500 people of all ages will participate in the event. The organizers say that, in 2015, over 50 percent of its event participants were women.

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“With digital and online technologies growing at an exponential pace, the next step is for us to start interacting with this digital world in a much more hands-on way by learning the basics of code. Because coding democratizes creation,” said Jeremy Shaki, founder of Lighthouse Labs. “Coding gives us the power to create things that can be shared with the world in an unprecedented way. This is why we created the HTML500.”

During the event, attendees learn the basics of coding, including creating their own landing page using HTML and CSS. TELUS is HTML500’s founding partner for this year.

“It has never been more important for the next generation to learn to code, the future of job stability depends on it. We are excited about the opportunity that The HTML500 presents as a unique learning outlet for the growing Canadian digital market,” said Shawn Mandel, VP at TELUS digital.

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang is BetaKit's News Editor.