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What I learned from 6 years of building CodeNewbie

In this talk, I share my learnings from the past 6 years of building CodeNewbie, the most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code. I cover:

  • How to build a community
  • What people actually need to learn to code
  • How we can help new and early-career developers
  • How early-career developers help us

Here is a download link to the talk slides (PDF)


This talk will be presented as part of CodeLand:Distributed on July 23. After the talk is streamed as part of the conference, it will be added to this post as a recorded video.

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Nitya Narasimhan

Every time I hear @saronyitbarek speak I am reminder of how powerful a single voice with a focused mission can be, in driving change. I love how intentional she has been with building the #codenewbie community to be inclusive

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Ben Halpern

CodeNewbie is so inspiring

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Michael Hadley

First code conference ever! Sucks it's distributed but thankful cause it allows me to attend!

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Angel Young

My first one too!

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Ben Halpern

This is definitely making me miss IRL CodeLand.

As soon as we're allowed to get together we're definitely having one of those!

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Michael Hadley

Hopefully by the next one it'll be back in NYC! I can start saving and crash on a friends couch in Brooklyn next year!

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Arit Amana

For real! I was soooo looking forward to it this year!

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Bogdan Covrig

If you're lucky enough to be in NYC 😭

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Abhishek Sharma

I am able to attend from India, only because it's distributed

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Arit Amana

We are glad you are here!!

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Michael Hadley

Thats awesome! Welcome!

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Deborah

First one here too! I'm from France so I'm personally thankful it's all online, if it would've been in the USA this year I wouldn't be able to attend!

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Michael Hadley

I live in the US and I wouldn't have been able to go to NYC, I can't imagine trying to from France!

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Deborah

Yea definitely not happening haha!

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Arit Amana

Welcome!

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Deborah

πŸŽ‰

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Carlos Magno

It's my first online conference, it's nice to be here!

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Arit Amana

Welcome! We're glad CodeLand is your first! πŸ˜„

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Bryant Richards

It's my first one too!

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Dangeranger • Edited on

Welcome to your first conference! :highfive:

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Jacob Herrington (he/him)

Glad you're here! Welcome πŸŽ‰

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Michael Hadley

Thank you! :)

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Arit Amana

Welcome to your first coding conference! We're glad it's CodeLand! πŸŽ‰

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Esmeralda Samarripa

First one for me too! I am glad it's distributed because I wouldn't have been able to attend this year otherwise. I was already planning on a savings plan so I could attend next year in person.

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Nicole Hopkins

Mine as well!

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Michael Hadley

Awesome! :highfive:

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Abhishek Sharma

I think I'll always feel like a codenewbie

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Bogdan Covrig

rami malek at codeland

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Carlos Magno

When you see all these people on the chat

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Rachel Novick

Hahahaha perfect!

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ak4422 • Edited on

@saronyitbarek 's voice for me is like that song that takes you back to a certain time/point in life just by hearing it again! and where you were when you heard it first, ahh all those newbie days :DD

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Saron Author

Thank you! What a nice compliment!

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Jonathan Silvestri

The #CodeNewbie twitter chat is what introduced me to so many of my dev friends now!

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Dominic Duffin

CodeNewbie is amazing - the most important connections I've made in tech started from the community!

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Ben Halpern

Hell yeah

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Stacey Teltser

Having initially starting my programming journey after being a sign language interpreter for an on-site code bootcamp, I appreciate the emphasis @saronyitbarek places on the importance of accessibility and bringing to light different types of accessibility.

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Lisa Sy (she/her)

haha the image of Rami Malek!

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Carlos Magno

Love that image

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Ben Halpern

I can't pass up the opportunity to say I once saw Rami Malek at the grocery store.

I just walked by, didn't try to say anything, but it did happen and I'll never not share that information πŸ˜„

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Amy Hudspith

Asking for help is something a lot of people are worried to do for fear of seeing "less than", but it shows humility and great self awareness

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Esmeralda Samarripa

My struggle as been not knowing where to start asking the questions I have. I started with Google searches and then found the CodeNewbie podcast where I learned about the twitter chats and then I found more people to follow. Slowly but surely I have been finding people that I can ask for help. I also sometimes feel that I don't know what questions I should be asking. This is all a whole new world for me since most of my instruction has been strictly in the classrooms.

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April Shenk

I always think I am bothering someone. Especially if I don't get it right away! I'm getting better though.

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Jaye Hernandez

I feel the same way! Like I’m wasting their time. But I’m growing out of that mindset.

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Rachel Novick

Community really is SO important. Having support is key

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Nirbhay Singh

so true!

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April Shenk

Starting my bootcamp journey in August. This conference was posted in my slack. This first talk has me so glad I found it!

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Arit Amana

You're going to ROCK it!

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Rachel Novick

I just graduated a bootcamp in March! Good luck and have fun! It is so much work, but is so rewarding!!!

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Jacob Herrington (he/him)

CodeNewbie was a powerful resource for me a few years back! Really proud to work with the folks behind that community at DEV! ❀

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Thabi

Listening to Sarony reminds me of the time I was a complete codenewbie and listening to the podcast with no idea of how far I will go. It is one of the most supportive, and inclusive communities, I am glad I came across it. These lessons are gold.

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roni3103 • Edited on

I think the need for community is even more important at present with a lack of physical workplace, it's lonely at home without my colleagues from work

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Andy Zhao (he/him)

My second Codeland ever and the CodeNewbie community is awesome as ever!

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Bryant Richards

I also graduated from Flatiron. Community is so important and I love how everyone I meet from Flatiron seem to all put community above all else.

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Rachel Novick

I graduated from Flatiron as well. I have never been in as supportive a community as Flatiron <3

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Pachi πŸͺ (she/her/ela)

We really need more peopl to understand that!!! Junior devs are assets!!! ! HIRE US

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Rachel Novick

I'm doing 100DaysOfCode right now. It makes a HUGE difference.

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Deborah

Interesting, I had no idea Twitter Chat was a thing lol! Will definitely join the next one to see what it's all about

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Dangeranger

I love this. Saron, your story is so relatable.

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Jane Tracy πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’»

Love the talk. So inspiring :)

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ro.html • Edited on

Mental Health is SO important! We need to talk about it more in the dev community!

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Carolin Diaz

Hello! I am from Boston, MA and currently transitioning into the coding world. I am excited to be here to learn more and connect with others!

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Arit Amana

LOVE you Saron for your transparency about your mental health challenges and triumphs! ❀️

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ElisabΓ©th

This was my first tech conference in a while. I must say it was truly an uplifting experience. Thank you so much for the work that you do with Code Newbie!

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Nada

CodeNewbie is really so inspiring!

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Esmeralda Samarripa

Always love hearing @saronyitbarek speak! The CodeNewbie Podcast was the first resource I found that answered lots of my questions about learning to code.

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Jane Tracy πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’»

As a CodeNewbie I am learning a lot. This is life changing :)