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Want to Learn Valuable Web, UX or Mobile Development Skills?

  • Dec 5, 2012 · 6:00 PM
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Of course you do! A lot of us want to learn the latest technologies to steer our careers toward digital, or to add new skills to our web design or web development portfolio. Wouldn’t it be great if we could build our own iPhone app, web application, and design all of them with world-class usability?

We have ideas and want to execute them. What stops us from getting the ideas out of our heads and into the world? Often it's that we don't have the technical expertise to build what we see in our heads. Highly focused training could bridge the gap.

But going back to school for 4 years to learn these things probably won’t benefit you much. Reading books by yourself is boring and hard. Dabbling in online programs doesn't give you the peer support you need to push you to figure out the tough concepts.

As the traditional learning institutions fail to teach or can’t keep up with the rapidly changing economy’s digital needs, some innovative learning programs have sprouted up. For instance, The Starter League and Mobile Makers are taking people with little or no technical expertise and turning them into web and app builders; some coming out of these relatively short programs are even starting their own companies!

Let's get together and explore which learning methodologies and options are available to us today.

Our panel will speak with innovators in technology education about learning web and mobile development, reinventing yourself and your career, expanding your capabilities, and clearing out whatever is stopping you from taking your technological awesomeness to the next level!

THE SPEAKERS:
Dustin Anderson
-Engineering Manager, Groupon

Jeff Cohen
-Head Instructor, The Starter League
-Featured 2012 Crain’s Tech 50

Don Bora
-Co-Founder & Principal in Technology, Eight Bit Studios
-Lead iOS Instructor, Mobile Makers Academy

Shay Howe
-User Interface Engineer, Groupon
-Instructor, Designer & Mentor, The Starter League

Adam Lupu
-Learning Architect, The Starter League & Mobile Makers Academy
-Director of Learning and Development, Global Playground
-Staff Writer, Technori


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  • Terry M.

    Here is one way that I am more apt to learn:

    Create 'stacks' of learning material: Everyone is busy. When you have five minutes free, it's great to watch a quick typography tutorial on YouTube that you have previously flagged to watch later. Some tools for this - YouTube Watch Later, YouTube Playlists, 'Action Bookmarks' - normal bookmarks, but name is a targeted action (e.g, instead of a bookmark name of 'https://www.risk.io/features'; use 'Identify three features of Risk I/O Service'. Physical stacks of books / magazines - one thing that I find really great are book darts ( http://www.amazon.com/Book-Darts-Archival-Quality-Different/dp/B003KQBLRC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354890021&sr=8-2&keywords=Book+darts) which help you to pinpoint the exact place you stopped reading.

    I am interested in finding out what ways others are using to learn.

    December 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think the fact that 271 people attended this Meetup speaks volumes to the amount of interest people have in these areas. It seems from the comments that many of the people who showed up are self-starters and self-learners who don't necessarily want to drop $2,000 on a course, but just need to be pointed in the right direction. Nobody wants to feel like they are wasting valuable time, especially with how quickly technology changes.
    Things have certainly progressed to the point where there are a ton more resources available than there were 10 years ago, but sometimes that become overwhelming.
    I think The Starter League and Mobile Makers are definitely offering a helpful service to a specific group of people, but that it might be good to have another evening directed at simply pointing people in the right direction and getting them off and running.

    2 · December 6, 2012

  • Ameena L.

    I also felt like it was a pitch to describe what type of classes they offer and that more people should take their classes. I think meetup title was misleading. I went a lot out of my way to attend this particular meetup and although did not regretted it because I got nuggets of wisdom here and there but was not completely satisfied either. I left after one hour it started.

    1 · December 6, 2012

  • Bob

    Your panel seemed like good guys. But the meeting was billed as "Want to Learn Valuable Web, UX or Mobile Development Skills?"
    Yes I do(did). But it could of been a lot easier to post "then signup and take classes here" then list the places to take classes.

    In my opinion, it would have been better with some career direction. With steps. Start here, try this, And explaining of the different codes and what they do. What a person needs to know to become a "UX or Mobile Development". They mentioned Ruby several times. I would be willing to bet that a lot of people don't even know what that is. I got there late so maybe I missed that.

    Here's the thing, you don't need to spend any money to get started.
    You can code for free: Sublime Text (free download)
    You can learn for free: Tutvid (html & css): tutsplus.com

    Start there and then move on to Lynda.com for the free trial.

    When you think you know enough to be dangerous. Go get a freelance job.

    4 · December 6, 2012

    • Mustafa S.

      Hey All - I don't think that the guys on the panel were necessarily trying to sell you their products - it just seemed to me to be a bit ad hoc. My only comment would be that a structure and a plan would have probably made it a bit more worthwhile, and judging by the feedback from everyone here I'd guess that it's likely on the horizon for the next meet up. For what it's worth, I also agree with Bob that there are literally tons and tons of resources out there to use to get your bearings. Once you start learning the vocabulary of the field, you'll be that much more capable of defining exactly what it is you want to learn....

      December 6, 2012

    • Mustafa S.

      ...Also, I really commend the guys at Starter League and Mobile Makers mostly because they're going completely against the grain in our field - development especially has for so long been a very introverted field were the majority of interaction takes place behind through computer monitors. Trying to create a community of people interacting face to face to grow their skills is a completely new approach, in my opinion, to the traditional way that many developers have honed their skills in the past. I really hope that our field goes in that direction more, personally, since like many others I've always learned the most from being around people who know more than me and who are willing and capable of sharing their knowledge.

      December 6, 2012

  • allison

    Even though there is still more I'd like to have covered, I did enjoy the event. The best tips I got out of it were about learning in general - the speakers had a lot of great advice about how to stay motivated and focused and set goals for yourself. It's always great to have these points reinforced, and they're useful no matter what industry you work in.
    So thanks to the speakers for that :)

    3 · December 6, 2012

  • Joseph M.

    I have to say that I disagree with the sentiment about the event being a recruitment for people to take courses offered at the Starter League and MMA; it may have come off like that to but it's simply because that's where the experience of the speaking panel comes from. Do they want you to take their course? Of course, they're in business, but it wasn't a sales pitch by any means last night.

    I attended last night not because I wanted to know how to develop design or development skills; I already have those. I attended because I'm writing a development book for a publisher, and thought it would have been a good opportunity to gain additional perspective from those who are educating others already. I can say I certainly walked away from last night's event with several pages of notes that I will reference as I'm writing the content of my book.

    Thanks for putting on a good event guys!

    3 · December 6, 2012

  • Bob

    I want everyone to know I hope I don't sound like a bully.
    Everyone there donated their time. If you walked away with one thing it was a success! The one dude with the black hair mentioned about getting out and meeting people. And really important was the teacher example. If you learned something cool from someone. Share it. I thought of someone right away.Thanks for that.

    1 · December 6, 2012

  • Jeff W.

    I have had two friends who took courses at The Starter League and have heard nothing but great things, so I was sold on them from the get-go. I was hoping they would talk more about practical matters or a how to get started guide, but the talk was more about the value that taking the courses bring to your company and yourself. Should have had my boss there to get some buy-in, they were preaching to the choir. But all in all a good group of professionals, just wish they had shared some of their expertise in getting started in UX/mobile.

    1 · December 6, 2012

    • Adam H.

      Shoot me an email: [masked]

      December 6, 2012

    • Jeff W.

      Thanks Adam, I appreciate the response and offer!

      December 6, 2012

  • Amy W.

    Thank you all for your feedback! We will definitely keep it in mind for our next events. If you have any other questions, comments or concerns, feel free to email me [masked].

    December 6, 2012

  • Yvonne N.

    I was really hoping for some new information from various sources. It was certainly a big enough topic!

    December 6, 2012

  • Bob

    I have to agree with Phil. It felt like a recruitment. My advice, go to Lynda.com try out a little of everything. $25.00 a month. And I think they'll give you a seven day pass. See what works for you. What you like. I would stick to HTML, CSS and Javascript to start. Then go to the HTML5. This is going to be the next best thing. Well, it's already here...

    1 · December 5, 2012

    • TJ

      ditto. i left early...

      1 · December 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    just send a link to starer league youtube commercial next time

    1 · December 6, 2012

  • Kevin B.

    Panel discussion touched on a lot of personal design and development learning issues that have resonated with me a lot lately. Was great to hear that I'm on the right path. Excited to reignite my passion in both fields! Thanks!

    2 · December 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed meeting everyone and hearing ideas however, I think the discussion could have been a bit more focused. I also think more practical advice would have been helpful, rather than so much time spent on pushing the paid courses. Great meetup though!

    1 · December 5, 2012

  • Jeff A.

    What is the parking like in the area? Any free parking?

    December 4, 2012

    • Shay H.

      Hey Jeff, There is some street parking North of the building up Larrabee St, with a handful of side street to check. There are also a fairly large parking garage right next door should street parking not pan out.

      1 · December 5, 2012

  • Jeff A.

    Are there any openings for this event? I'm on the waiting list.

    December 3, 2012

    • Brian S.

      Hi Amy, I am on the waiting list. Do I need to RSVP to be added to the list of attendees?

      December 4, 2012

    • Amy W.

      Hi Brian, we are at capacity for this event, BUT there is a very good chance that not everyone will show up who has RSVPed. You're close to being moved off of the waiting list so it should be fine if you came tomorrow. Some people change their RSVP's the day of our events anyway.

      December 4, 2012

  • Jack J.

    When and where is this event. It sounds very interesting. Let me know. Thanks, Jack Jasper [masked]

    December 4, 2012

    • Amy W.

      Hi Jack. I just emailed you. Thanks!

      December 4, 2012

  • Camilo

    sounds great.

    November 19, 2012

  • Gina K.

    very excited for this!

    October 31, 2012

  • TJ

    Great topic. Can't wait for the date.

    October 8, 2012

  • Sergio M.

    Great topic Judy, looking fwd to a date and time. Thank you to you and your team for organizing. Your meet-ups are always very informative and unique.

    October 5, 2012

  • Yvonne N.

    This sounds great and will attend. Currently in the fall group at The Starter League in html/css. It takes place in the 1871 space. maybe meet there?

    October 5, 2012

  • Tsvetana

    June 7, 2012

  • Judi W.

    I'll be announcing the date of this event soon; in the meantime, if anyone knows of a Chicago-area place that offers classes or training, let me know so I can talk to them about participating in this panel discussion.

    1 · February 17, 2012

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