freeCodeCamp Hong Kong - July Meet Up Recap

People who have arrived start introducing themselves. Meanwhile, more attendees continue to arrive and fill the room.

Thanks again to Accelerate for providing a meeting venue and also free food!

We had an incredible turnout this meeting — this was what it looked like when people were only starting to arrive. Because there were so many people, we ended up splitting into two groups:

  • Group 1: people who identify as beginners
  • Group 2: people who have some experience

Group 1

Web Dev Roadmap

In Group 1, Gordon, the CTO of Accelerate, gave a talk and explained what to expect if you’re intent on becoming a developer.

One of the charts shown.

Some questions addressed were:

What technologies and tools do I need to learn?
What’s the difference between front end, back end, and devOps?
In what order should I learn these things?

For more details and the rest of the charts, check out the following GitHub repository by Kamran Ahmed:

Group 2

Pair programming and idea sharing.

Pair Programming

Based on our progress with the freeCodeCamp curriculum, we matched people at around the same level and formed pairs or groups. Some of us worked together on the freeCodeCamp lessons and projects, while others shared their personal projects and experiences.

Group Project — Shared Page

During our casual meeting last time, we discussed the idea of creating a shared member page on GitHub. We thought it would be fun to have members create pull requests as part of an initiation rite. This would not only help establish the community, but would also teach members the basics of Git and GitHub and prepare them to contribute to other open source projects.

We’re glad to say that we’re one step closer to making this a reality.

Some of the things you can expect soon are:

  • A GitHub repository for freeCodeCamp Hong Kong
  • A member page for freeCodeCamp Hong Kong (hosted on GitHub)
  • A tutorial on how to “add” yourself to the member page
  • Additional resources on learning Git and GitHub
  • Guidelines on contributing, organizing your own events, etc

Keep in mind that this is an ever-evolving framework, and we welcome contributions from anyone.

With the framework set up, the next step would be to start our own projects, or even accept project requests from NPOs and NGOs!

Moving Forward

We plan to make freeCodeCamp Hong Kong more structured and transparent, so that everyone can easily get a big picture of what’s going on and contribute to its development. Stay tuned for more updates to come.

We also encourage members to initiate their own events and meet ups. Sometimes, this can be as simple as saying what you’re working on and asking if anyone is doing something similar.

For example, if you want to focus on learning Javascript, see if any others want to join you! And if you’re feeling ambitious, you might even see if you’re able to find volunteers to speak on the topic.

See you guys at the next regular meet up, or at any casual ones you might organize!

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