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Community

I like hosting meetups (and attending them!), and usually have a side project or two on the go. I really enjoy running workshops and giving talks. Here’s a bit more detail.

Meetups

Me at a Global Accessiblity Awareness Day workshop for CTFEDs

From October 2012 until July 2018, I was one of the organisers of the Cape Town Front-end developers meetup group. The group hosts monthly events such as talks and workshops.

With a lot of help from some friends, I started the Cape Town chapter of RailsBridge: an organisation that offers free workshops on Rails, Ruby, and other web technologies for groups of people that are underrepresented in tech. From April 2013 until March 2018, I helped organise and mentor at the quarterly workshops.

Projects

devicelab

I think that a great way to test the robustness and resilience of your site is to play with it on lower-end mobile devices. I joined the Open Device Lab community by starting the Nomad Device Lab in September 2012. It’s a shared pool of internet-connected devices, and is free to use. Every few months someone will contact me through the site and I’ll go and sit with them, usually for a half a day. We test their projects across a range of devices, and discuss ways of improving the front-end performance and user experience. In November 2016, the lab was featured on Smashing Mag: Where Are The World’s Best Open Device Labs?

I’m a big believer in building things that are Future Friendly, so I made a tiny site to join the call to arms. You can read more about the technical details of what that means on my How I Do Things page.

Workshops and speaking

I love helping people learn new things, or get better at things they already known. I like sharing what I learn, so I give talks at local meetups and conferences. Here are some workshops I’ve helped design and run, and some talks I’ve given, this year.

Workshops and speaking

I’ve been at this for a few years. Here are some workshops from the more distant past.

Workshops

2017

2016

2015

Speaking

2017

2016

2015

2014