What is CodeUp?
Set up by Claire Wicher in early 2015, CodeUp is the adult version of Code Club. Initially running out of borrowed office space in central Manchester, the aim was to provide free and friendly adult coding tuition to anyone who wanted it. Since then it has grown and evolved into a network of spaces from Preston to Stoke-on-Trent, Chester to Leeds, where complete beginners and accomplished software engineers (and everyone in between) can come together and share their enjoyment of coding.
Three years on, the Leeds branch is now open as of February 2018 and a varied amount of people attend each month, we also have a team of dedicated mentors who attend almost every month, all of whom specialize in several languages and technologies.
How do I get in?
CodeUp has always relied on generous companies donating their office space, and starting in July 2018, Code Up Leeds will be hosted at Infinity Works offices. Click here for instructions on how to get there.
What should I expect of a typical session?
We usually start the session with the usual pointers about health and safety and facilities, followed by a quick introduction of the mentors, a summary of specific problems/questions and a list of any talks or workshops planned for that night. Those people who want to do their own thing can find a seat and get going.
We encourage people to share and explain their work to anyone interested, so if you see something interesting on someone's screen, go up and ask them about it. Similarly, expect a tap on the shoulder if you're working on something exciting.
Are there any rules?
Not really. Recruitment consultants who actively target people at CodeUp will be politely asked not to, but apart from that we'd just ask that you're respectful, look after the location and be mindful of other people and their property.
How do I get involved?
All you have to do is turn up. People typically start arriving at 6:45pm and most people are in by 7pm, but if you can't quite make those then just turn up a bit later.
We would recommend that you bring a laptop, a notepad and a pen, but the rest is up to you. Let us know you're coming by RSVPing to the event on our Meetup page or join our Slack workspace and chat to people there. Feel free to ask questions and share ideas for things to do.
Can I be a mentor?
Definitely! You can RSVP on Meetup, but there's no need to do anything specific as a mentor. At the start of the event there is often a quick matching up of people who are looking for help with a particular language, or you can just wander round and see who needs a hand.
If you've been a few times and feel like you're becoming part of the furniture, you can submit a picture of yourself and a bit of blurb to Nathan to go on the people page. However, if you're super-duper keen to score bonus respect and kudos, branch off from master on the CodeUpLeeds repository with the same name as this domain, add yourself to the people page and put in a pull request. ;)