Behind nearly everything we use today, from our phones to the way our food is distributed from farm (or warehouse) to table, sits a computer with a bit of code that made it all happen. Technology and software comprise a large portion of our economy, and someone with a talent for and understanding of coding is invaluable. Coding’s integral role in society has been noticed by businesses, and group efforts, like Mashable’s Social Good Summit, are connecting the public to tech leaders to increase knowledge and inspire individuals to learn how to utilize code in real-life applications.
HackHands, an online community of coding experts who tutor individuals based on an hourly rate, believes that everyone has the right to learn code, and created hack.summit() to connect the coding community to some of the best names in the business. In partnership with businesses including GitHub, Facebook, ProgrammableWeb and DZone, the summit is a chance to learn, share, and innovate.
Regardless of your level of ability, you can listen to and chat with such featured speakers as the Executive VP of Microsoft Qi Lu, inventor of Apache Spark Matei Zaharia, and the Founder of Code for America Jennifer Pahlka - who just so happens to have recently acted as deputy CTO in the White House.
Getting your digital ticket code to see the speakers is easy. Just donate to one of the many philanthropies associated with HackSummit, a list that includes Women who Code, CodeStarter, Code2040, and Code for America, or share the event on social media. You can also use your ticket code to go back and watch the videos of any speakers you might have missed (you can also find a lot of past speakers on YouTube by searching for the speaker name).
While you’re there, get a head start on your New Year’s Resolution by taking the Hack.Pledge to either mentor or receive mentoring from someone in 2015 for one hour.
Here's the schedule of upcoming speakers (all times are in Pacific Time).
Wednesday, 3 December
Thursday, 4 December