Montrealers – Get Your Geek On

*Update: new info added on Feb. 25, 2013

If you’re from Montreal’s tech community you’re probably aware of these happenings. But if you’re interested in learning more about technology and want to meet people in the scene and/or learn new skills, Montreal has a lot to offer:


Québec Ouvert International Open Data Day hackathon

Today is International Open Data Day and in celebration Québec Ouvert and Open North are hosting an a hackathon and talks at the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT). Citizens, journalists, developers and designer are invited to “hack their city” by using open data (public government information made accessible) to create, for example, useful new software apps and Web sites.

When: Today, Feb.23, 2013,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where:  SAT, 1201 St. Laurent Blvd (metro Place d’Armes)

Make Web, Not War ConFoo “Epic” Hackathon

This two-day event isn’t for beginners, more for folks who have already designed an app or have a great idea for one. But if you’re a developer or designer who wants to get started it’s an excellent opportunity to meet people.

When: Monday Feb. 25 and Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days

Where:  Hilton Montreal Bonaventure (site of the ConFoo conference)

Cost: $10, you don’t need a ConFoo ticket to attend and the money is donated to charity. Food is provided, including breakfast, lunch, and beverages

Register here

WordPress for Beginners courses & workshops

Yes Montreal Women in Technology: WordPress for Blogging & Content Management (In Person and Online)

Geared for women who are new to WordPress, this workshop will explore “how it lets you easily and efficiently manage all kinds of sites, from personal blogs to a corporate web presence. Using unintimidating language, we’ll explore the fundamental concepts of WordPress from themes to widgets and plugins.” The workshop promises to explain the differences between and self-hosted sites and show how to “go spelunking in the administration area to explore how to manage your site.”

Guest speaker Kathryn Presner loves WordPress so much she used to run a Web design company creating WordPress Web sites. Now she’s a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, the company that invented WordPress.

It’s a good idea to bring along a laptop that lets you access a WiFi network

When: Monday Feb. 25, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m

Where: YES Montreal offices, 666 Sherbrooke St. W., suite 700. Also online

Cost: $20. Register here

Info: 514.878.9788

clssy’s Websites with WordPress course

clssy founder Jordan Saniuk will show beginners how to use Learn how to install and set up WordPress on a hosting account, find a WordPress theme (free or Premium) for your needs and begin setting up the theme on your laptop.

The class is for beginners who are comfortable with technology. If you’re really new to computers you may find it too fast paced. Bring a laptop that lets you access a WiFi network.

When: March 5, 2013, 6-8 p.m.

Where: At classy’s studios in Old Montreal. Register here.

Cost: Free but a donation is recommended

For women who love writing code

Montreal All-Girl Hack Night is having a meetup Feb. 26. This event is for women only and welcomes beginners. As the organizers say:  “You should come if: you’re a woman & you like writing code & you want to write code around / hang out with other women who write code.”

When: Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013, 5:30-9 p.m.

Where: At Google’s Montreal office

Cost: Free

Register here.

Montreal Girl Geeks Event: Rachel Andrew speaking on Web Design & Development

I’m no expert on content management systems but Rachel Andrew appears to be some sort of goddess in the CMS world for her work in general and especially with Perch.

For more info, check out the Montreal Girl Geeks blog.

When: Thursday February 28, 2013 6:3o-9:30 p.m.

Where: RPM, 420 Guy (in Griffintown, south of Notre Dame)

Cost: Free

Register here.

Le Milieu Workshop:Intro to Open Source Software

If you’re curious about what distinguishes Firefox, OpenOffice and Linux from other software applications and want to learn more about free/open source software, you’ll get to meet two local developers involved in the large open source community, learn about the open source software movement’s philosophy and find out what drives these developers to devote hours of their time pro bono collaborating on software development.

When: Saturday March 2, 2013, 10 a.m-1 p.m.

Where: Coop Le Milieu,  1251 Robin (Beaudry metro)

For more info, check out Le Milieu’s event on Facebook.

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