Education and learning have always been a core part of what we do at Bocoup. From our earliest days in Fort Point, we’ve held classes dedicated to teaching people to build on the Open Web, the subjects evolving along with the platform itself. Over the past few months, we’ve been working on a new format for sharing knowledge and skills with the community of passionate practitioners who follow our work, our team members, our open source projects, and (especially in your case) our blog.
Today, I’m thrilled to announce that Workshops – hands-on, 3-hour evening courses, held on one weeknight every two weeks – are coming to a city near you (specifically if that city is Boston or New York)!
Bocoup workshops are designed for people who love making things on the internet, and want to get better at some tangible part of doing just that. They’re for people who want to improve at their jobs without missing their jobs to do it, and without having to work second jobs to afford it.
Six Weeks of WINter
Each of the “tracks” of related workshops in our inaugural “winter semester” is home-grown from material we’ve built and delivered internally for our teammates. Depending on your needs and your goals, you can take one, two, or (yep) all three of the workshops in a track.
The first track, Learn Open Design Skills, is an interactive tour of the fundamental principles of User Experience design. We’re partnering with Global Kids in New York City to create a real-world environment for developing skills such as user research, wireframing, and documentation. All three workshops will be taught by Jess Klein, (who wrote a post describing the process for designing these very design workshops last week), every other Tuesday at 6-9pm from February 23rd to March 22nd.
Further north in New England, our Learn Deployment track will teach you how to get modern web applications into production (and staging!). I was fortunate enough to be one of the folks who learnt this material from instructors Tyler Kellen and Matt Surabian as it was being developed, and as a front-end developer, understanding this stuff was easily the most empowering thing I did in 2015. I may be biased, but I’d heartily recommend leaping into SSH, Ansible, and Terraform with us every other Monday from February 29th to March 28th at the Bocoup Loft in downtown Boston.
Take a deeper look at our tracks & workshops now to find out more and register today – spots are limited, and at just $149 a workshop, they’re a great opportunity to add impactful tools into your toolkit!
A Data(Vis) Exception
We’re also hosting the first pre-OpenVis Conf Workshop day on Sunday, April 24th in Boston with three intensive workshops. You don’t need a conference ticket to attend any of the workshops, so if you’ve been looking for a deep dive into data visualization, you just found your springboard.
If you’re looking to get started with open web data vis tools, our two half-day introductory sessions on D3.js (led by K.Adam White from the Bocoup engineering team) and mapping (led web cartographer Andy Woodruff) are just the ticket.
Our full-day workshop on text analysis and visualization (led by Bocoup Data Vis team engineers Yannick Assogba and Jim Vallandingham) are for experienced data analysts and engineers who want to learn how wrangle insight from this often fussy and cumbersome format.
But Wait, There’s More
As the year moves along, we’ll be adding more dates, subjects, and ways for folks to participate remotely. If you’d like to stay in
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We invite you to read more about our tracks and workshops to find out if they’re the right fit for you. If your mind’s already made up (and we’re sure glad to hear it), you can register for any of the workshops mentioned in this post right here, right now: