One of my favourite things about the workshop was that we had a wide range of experience levels: from people writing their first lines of HTML and CSS to people tweaking performance metrics on their clients' sites. It was awesome!
What went well
We gathered some feedback from the students about the workshop: the things that cropped up the most were that people enjoyed the lightning talks (yay!) and they were looking forward to the next one.
This was the first workshop event we’ve run: we usually just have presentations. I really enjoyed it, and I hope that we can run another one.
What didn’t go so well
The checklist could have been presented a bit better. We printed out the whole checklist on one piece of paper, and I think it was a bit overwhelming. The idea was to pick a few that piqued your interest and just look at those, but that wasn’t clear.
What we could change
If we run this workshop, or one similar to it, again, I think we’ll print each section of the checklist out separately: have just a handful of items on each page. It might also be interesting to have a limited number of cards: you take a page, do one thing, then put the page back for someone else to pick up.
I really dig stickers. We use them at RailsBridge as tiny Achievement Unlocked celebratory things, and I think I’ll bring them along next time. If you finish one of the cards (a print out of one small piece of the giant checklist) you get a sticker.