What we're about

Queen City Bytes (QCB) is an organization dedicated to supporting underserved or marginalized communities and groups by offering technical instruction, educational resources, and an environment where networking and mentorship are valued.

Our intention is to foster digital inclusion by providing resources to communities who may lack direct access to such opportunities. At QCB, we focus on organizing our efforts within the Charlotte area in order to tailor our curriculums, form local partnerships, and create opportunities specifically to the needs of our community.

Please sign up to receive notifications on our latest meetups, discount to tech events and tickets as well as other exciting announcements!

-----------------

If you or your company is interested in becoming a sponsor for QCB, please send an email to qc-bytes@googlegroups.com or send us a message here.

Donate to our cause! https://secure.meetup.com/QC-Bytes/contribute/

Upcoming events (5)

Intro to Programming

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library - Independence Regional

COLLABORATION: Queen City Bytes is partnering with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to bring you a series of free workshops on topics related to technology. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Variables? Loops? Syntax? It sounds complicated, but programming is simply providing instructions to a computer. Similar to a person following a recipe, a computer needs to be told step by step what to do in a way it can understand. In this 2.5 hour workshop, you will learn more about the basics of programming and logic. Attendees will gain exposure to creating flow charts, writing code snippets, and a general approach for building a program. BONUS MEETUP: Are you curious about continuing to learn how to code, but don't know where to start? Join us, February 5th at the CML Plaza Midwood branch, from 6 - 7:30 pm. No computer is needed for this class. Beginners are welcome! RSVP via the library here: https://www.cmlibrary.org/event/126704-library-codelab-intro-programmingopen-lab WHAT TO BRING: This workshop is designed for those completely new to programming. A laptop is recommended, however, the library will be able to provide one if needed. PLEASE NOTE: Class size is limited due to room capacity. Please only register if you can commit to attending. If you can't make it, please change your RSVP so that we can open up your spot. Thank you! ABOUT THE PRESENTERS: Tammy Robinson is the Senior Front End Developer at Atypic, one of Charlotte’s leading Digital Marketing agencies. A Wisconsin native, Tammy decided in 2017 that she would move to Charlotte to pursue her professional career. When she’s not working, Tammy enjoys hanging out in uptown with friends, taking the occasional hike at Crowders, and looking for new ways to encourage and educate other developers as a Co-Organizer for the Charlotte Devs and Queen City Bytes Meetup groups. Daynya Quigley is a Front End Developer and UX Designer. She has a background in design, but her career in the print industry left her feeling unfulfilled. She pivoted into a development role, and couldn’t be happier with this fun and challenging new adventure. Away from the computer, Daynya loves to cook, paint, read, do yoga, and compete as a powerlifter.

Non-Traditional Paths to Tech Careers - A Discussion

The RailYard Southend

Join QC Bytes and Allstate for an evening of discussion about about finding your place in the tech field through non-traditional routes. Jessica Long and Kelly Costanza will share their experiences in thinking outside the box, which helped forge their paths to successful tech careers. Jessica Long is a Cloud Product Management Leader at Allstate. With no formal technical education, Jessica has leveraged her peer network and non-traditional learning paths to follow her passion and land a technology leadership position. Two of Jessica’s biggest loves are traveling and puppies! Kelly Costanza is a Cloud Engineer at Allstate. The first 20 years of her career was in Communications and after taking several skills and interests assessments, along with time for reflection, Kelly chose a new career path — engineering. Kelly applied for and completed an 8-week immersive training program in Cloud Engineering and successfully obtained a position on the Cloud team. She recently passed the certification for AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Allstate. Free parking is available by validation in the parking deck attached to the building. PLEASE BRING YOUR PARKING TICKET WITH YOU INTO THE MEETUP. Please respond by 2/11 at 5pm so we can get an accurate head count for refreshments. Thanks, and see you there!

The Post Junior Slump: Career Next Steps

Needs a location

**PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM LINKED BELOW TO ATTEND** “Getting that first job is the hardest part.'' Right? But what’s next? This event is for those who have been working professionally as a developer for 2-4 years who: - Are considering how to prepare for immediate and longer term future opportunities in the field. - May have been doing things within the same ecosystem (or company) for a while and aren’t sure what’s next or are feeling stuck. This will be a small round table discussion for early to mid career developers. It is an opportunity for experienced developers to get tips, advice, and thoughts from their peers and more senior technical leaders. Learn more about what other developers are doing, working on, and how they are approaching growing their skillset. Some of the topics for discussion include: - What technologies or types of companies should you be looking into? - What are career paths including and beyond senior developer and how can you start working towards getting there? - What non-technical skills should you focus on? There will be a cap of total attendees: - 5 mentors/senior technical leaders - 15-18 current professional developers The senior technical leaders all have close to a decade or more experience in the industry, while all still currently working in highly technical roles delivering software. They have a variety of experiences and backgrounds including start ups, large tech companies such as Amazon or Microsoft, as well as product and consulting companies. ABOUT THE SPONSOR This event has been generously sponsored by Microsoft. Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft is currently hiring in the Charlotte area, with more opportunities coming soon: https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/search-results?keywords=Charlotte To learn more: www.microsoft.com/en-us/about IMPORTANT NOTE To participate in this event, please complete the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfV5jCNqJ_dOcNKvJHAPx13RemJtiRpYCBgzbl1HzNTI-cgOw/viewform If you are unable to attend, please update your RSVP to allow for others to attend.

Bytes && Brews - FEBRUARY

Suffolk Punch Brewing

Bytes && Brews is a recurring event for those interested in careers the tech industry, folks who are tinkerers or hobbyists, or anyone who is just curious about the vibrant technology scene here in Charlotte. We love getting together to chat about our favorite stacks and gadgets, how our job hunts/careers are going, and generally get to know one another. Unlike our other meetup events, Bytes && Brews is purely social, so no computers or notebooks are needed, though if you have something you'd like to share with the group, feel free. Definitely bring your smiling face, a positive attitude, and friendly energy! This month we'll be at Suffolk Punch, a brewery and so much more... along with beer, they offer a full bar of options both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, as well as a variety of food. QC Bytes is an inclusive group, so ALL are welcome. Please join us in striving to make this a safe space for everyone to feel respected and heard. Hope to see you there!

Past events (25)

Intro to Web Concepts && Tech Careers

Beatties Ford Road Regional Library

Photos (86)