March 8-10 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, VA
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

D205: Coding is Where It’s At!

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Brandy McNeil, Associate Director - Tech Education & Training, The New York Public Library
Steven Deolus, Technology Training Program Coordinator, TechConnect (Technology Training Program Department), The New York Public Library

If you haven’t already heard, coding is where it’s at. However, in New York, many adults are paying thousands of dollars to learn these skills and many of those who can’t afford it are being left behind. So the New York Public Library TechConnect department launched a free coding training program from scratch to deal with the rise of coding mayhem. This session discusses Project Code, which went from 400 people showing up to a nonpublicized open house event to currently having a wait list of more than 4,000 people. It covers how to build a successful coding program: hiring and training staff, creating partnerships for the program, technology needs to run a program like this, and the pitfalls along the way. In addition, it discusses scaling the program to double and quadruple the size, the Teen Coding Program, best practices when launching series based courses, and more.

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