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Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? This meetup was created to help people in Chicago learn to code and gain new skills in web development and data science. Join us weekdays at 6:30pm for free workshops, info sessions, tech talks, and happy hours focused on building new skills and growing your career. Our events are well-suited for both beginners learning to code as well as intermediate developers or data scientists looking to level-up. We're proud to be sponsored by Thinkful Chicago, the #1 rated coding bootcamp on CourseReport, who contributes a team of experienced mentors and career coaches to help out at events.

Workshops: hands-on, group classes teach everything from full-stack web development to intro concepts in data science. The workshops are taught by Thinkful mentors, each of whom have years of experience teaching people to code.

Tech Talks: led by experts in their field, these are meant to dive deeper into a specific topic. For example, you'll learn about how to build a great portfolio, how to break into the Chicago tech scene, and how to market yourself.

Happy Hours: is there a better way to talk about all things Chicago tech than over drinks and snacks? Come joins at one of our Chicago locations to network, learn, and most importantly have fun.

Info sessions: If you’re interested in learning more about Thinkful’s specific courses, these are the events for you! You’ll learn more about the mentorship program, career services, curriculum, and how job placement works.

For anyone looking to become a web developer or data scientist, check out www.thinkful.com

Upcoming events (5+)

Thinkful Webinar | Intro to Data Science: Plan Your Vacation

***Please RSVP on Eventbrite to receive your personalized email link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thinkful-webinar-intro-to-data-science-plan-your-vacation-tickets-59196200429?aff=Meetupevent *** Vacations are fun. Planning them is not. Data Science can help. In this practical workshop, you’ll use hotel reviews to build a predictive model to determine where you should take your next vacation. You’ll be introduced to basic Data Science tools and methods, including an overview of basic machine learning concepts. How to join us: Once you register on Eventbrite, you will receive an email with the links to the live webinar. Sponsored by Thinkful: This workshop is proudly sponsored by Thinkful, the #1 rated coding boot camp on CourseReport. Thinkful is a new type of school that brings high-growth tech careers to ambitious people everywhere. Thinkful provides 1-on-1 learning through its network of industry experts, hiring partners, and online platform to deliver a structured and flexible education. To join the Thinkful network, visit thinkful.com. If you are interested in more webinars, check our full webinar schedule at https://www.thinkful.com/webinars/

Free Crash Course | JavaScript Fundamentals

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*** Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-crash-course-javascript-fundamentals-tickets-58010398664?aff=Meetup *** Ever wonder how websites work? How does clicking on this make that happen?? Join us and learn how to make a functioning website using the most popular programming language, JavaScript. JavaScript is the language of the browser, 95% of all websites you’ve ever visited were built with JavaScript. In this interactive workshop, we'll cover everything you need to know to begin your JavaScript journey, including different data types, variables, and functions. Suggested Experience Level: Beginner - no previous coding experience needed What to Bring: Laptop - this will ensure you get the most out of this workshop Water bottle How to find us: MakeOffice River North The event will be held at MakeOffice River Loop located at 350 W. Wolf Point Plaza. For the easiest access, enter the Holiday Inn Wolf Point entrance. Once in the building, speak with security at the front desk letting them know you're here for the ""Thinkful Workshop."" Take the elevators to the 9th floor and go to your left, here you will find MakeOffices. SpotHero is the best parking app to use to get into the nearest spots for cheap rates. MakeOffices is also located nearest to the Merchandise Mart stop. If event is sold out, please contact Community Manager: Caitlin ([masked]) Sponsored by Thinkful: This workshop is proudly sponsored by Thinkful, the #1 rated coding boot camp on CourseReport. Thinkful is a new type of school that brings high-growth tech careers to ambitious people everywhere. Thinkful provides 1-on-1 learning through its network of industry experts, hiring partners, and online platform to deliver a structured and flexible education. To join the Thinkful network, visit thinkful.com.

Intro to Data Science: Predict the Box Office

MakeOffices at River North

*** Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-data-science-predict-the-box-office-tickets-58010656435?aff=Meetup *** Can box office sales be predicted? We'll show you how it can be by using Python, as well as introducing core data science concepts and processes. In this practical workshop, you'll use a dataset to build a predictive model to help you predict box office sales. Suggested Experience Level: Beginner - no previous knowledge of Data Science is required, though some programming background is helpful What to Bring: Laptop - this will ensure you get the most out of this workshop Water bottle How to find us: MakeOffice River North The event will be held at MakeOffice River Loop located at 350 W. Wolf Point Plaza. For the easiest access, enter the Holiday Inn Wolf Point entrance. Once in the building, speak with security at the front desk letting them know you're here for the ""Thinkful Workshop."" Take the elevators to the 9th floor and go to your left, here you will find MakeOffices. SpotHero is the best parking app to use to get into the nearest spots for cheap rates. MakeOffices is also located nearest to the Merchandise Mart stop. If event is sold out, please contact Community Manager: Caitlin ([masked]) Sponsored by Thinkful: This workshop is proudly sponsored by Thinkful, the #1 rated coding boot camp on CourseReport. Thinkful is a new type of school that brings high-growth tech careers to ambitious people everywhere. Thinkful provides 1-on-1 learning through its network of industry experts, hiring partners, and online platform to deliver a structured and flexible education. To join the Thinkful network, visit thinkful.com.

Free Crash Course | HTML & CSS

MakeOffices at River North

*** Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-crash-course-html-css-tickets-59539875370?aff=meetup *** Curious about coding, but don’t know where to begin? HTML & CSS is the perfect place to start. Here you'll learn the basic building blocks of a website, and how to style them while completing a series of challenges to help you master your new skills. Together we'll work through a series of drills that will teach you the core concepts of HTML (tags, elements, and attributes), and the basics of CSS (selectors, properties, and values). All your work will be in a platform that will allow you to bring it home with you and continue to work on it after you leave. Suggested Experience Level: Beginner - no previous coding experience needed What to Bring: Laptop - this will ensure you get the most out of this workshop Water bottle How to find us: MakeOffice River North The event will be held at MakeOffice River Loop located at 350 W. Wolf Point Plaza. For the easiest access, enter the Holiday Inn Wolf Point entrance. Once in the building, speak with security at the front desk letting them know you're here for the ""Thinkful Workshop."" Take the elevators to the 9th floor and go to your left, here you will find MakeOffices. SpotHero is the best parking app to use to get into the nearest spots for cheap rates. MakeOffices is also located nearest to the Merchandise Mart stop. If event is sold out, please contact Community Manager: Caitlin ([masked]) Sponsored by Thinkful: This workshop is proudly sponsored by Thinkful, the #1 rated coding boot camp on CourseReport. Thinkful is a new type of school that brings high-growth tech careers to ambitious people everywhere. Thinkful provides 1-on-1 learning through its network of industry experts, hiring partners, and online platform to deliver a structured and flexible education. To join the Thinkful network, visit thinkful.com.

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