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Ramana Kumar
@xrchz
hey I just got a coach invitation for tonight - but the event already started right? can/should I go?
Rosa Fox
@Rosa-Fox
Was this for Brighton or Cambridge? Either way sorry we missed this message! Now that you are signed up you will receive email invites as soon as they are sent which is usually more than a week in advance. Hopefully we will see you at the next one :)
Cosmin Stamate
@cosminstamate
I got a coaching invite for tonight in London, are there any places left?
it sent me straight to the waiting list
Cosmin Stamate
@cosminstamate
so?
yes / no?
anyone?
Rosa Fox
@Rosa-Fox
Heya, I just had a look at the numbers for London tonight and there are 20 mentors and 46 students so I think they could do with the help. I think it might not let you accept the invites too near to the time that the event starts... unless @despo says otherwise, as far as I can tell it would be good if you could mentor :)
Cosmin Stamate
@cosminstamate
great, I will show up then
see you there!
Despo Pentara
@despo
@cosminstamate hi Cosmin. The workshop is overbooked (there is a 15+ waiting list) and we've also emailed twitter the list of names for security. Maybe next week? Usually invitations go out on Wednesday night and we fill up by Thursdy night/Friday morning.
Rosa Fox
@Rosa-Fox
wait... for coaches?
Despo Pentara
@despo
total waiting list. at least 5-6 coaches.
Rosa Fox
@Rosa-Fox
ah ok, sorry Cosmin I should have checked with Despo! Hopefully next week if you are available :)
Alex Pounds
@creature
I'm helping organise tonight, so I'll text Cosmin and let him know that he won't be able to get in. (Gitter suggests he didn't see Despo's response).
Normally it wouldn't be a problem, but I think Twitter's security is tighter than most of our venues.
Baris Balic
@barisbalic
@despo @Rosa-Fox are you saying you need more coaches? I'm hosting redis meetup but can prompt the team for volunteers?
Rosa Fox
@Rosa-Fox
ah yeah, I didn't realise but Despo said the number limit is quite strict and she already gave Twitter the names of everyone coming. I think she emailed him but if you could text as well @creature that would be great! And thanks @barisbalic but all is ok... I just got confused!
Alex Pounds
@creature
@barisbalic Quite the opposite. The attendee list is locked down now. Thanks for the offer though!
Baris Balic
@barisbalic
No problem, sorry for the mixup I probably could have worked that out by reading a bit more. Good luck all!
Alex Pounds
@creature
Just got a reply, so Cosmin's up to date. :)
Rosa Fox
@Rosa-Fox
Awesome :) Thanks!
Alex Pounds
@creature
Someone has asked me (genuinely, not trollingly) what "underrepresented in the tech industry" means. Does anyone have a good link I can include in my reply?
Rosa Fox
@Rosa-Fox
it seems to be quite hard to find solid data but in terms of women in tech maybe get them to read the downloadable PDF report on here: http://www.e-skills.com/research/research-themes/women-in-it/ other than that I guess underrepresented means anyone who would be considered to be within a minority, so I would think LGBTQ and people from different ethnicities... I guess anyone who may experience difficulties from not fitting into the 'white straight male' description... though In Brighton if someone who isn't 'underrepresented' wanted to come to Codebar then they could do, as long as they bought someone with them who fell into the category, but I guess in London places fill up so they need to prioritise who gets a space. I'll have a look around and see if I can find any broader data.
Baris Balic
@barisbalic
@creature @Rosa-Fox I think the closest we have for women in tech is the BCS numbers, you should find them here: http://policy.bcs.org/sites/policy.bcs.org/files/Women%20in%20IT%20scorecardv2.pdf
Baris Balic
@barisbalic
In summary, I think 16% of all IT specialists across all industries are women, a subset of around 9% I think make up web-dev and engineering. This only covers women, and I would be careful of trying to define 'underrepresented', as it implies there is a specific/correct level of representation.
Alex Pounds
@creature
Yep, that's the tricky aspect of this bit; it's not just about women. I was hoping for an article that's all-encompassing.
Baris Balic
@barisbalic
You won't find one
At least none that are easily digestible, the numbers will vary between cities, countries and sectors, and in many cases it would rely on information that would be very sensitive. Employers are likely not allowed in most contexts to even ask if someone feels they have gender identity issues or what their sexual preferences are. Which would mean relying on voluntary surveys, which again feel like they would fall short of producing accurate data.
Baris Balic
@barisbalic
Then you'll probably have arguments about subgroups of straight white males being underrepresented. I don't, for example, consider any of the bigots, racists, fascists or misogynists that I hear about in tech, representative of myself, the fact that we share colour and gender doesn't change that.
Whatever you find, please share as I would be happy to know more.
Alex A
@conatus
drops into a chat room like yeah - to find it probably closing
:D
John
@artworkjpm
Anyone learning javascript / jquery? how are you finding it? how will you use your skills when you finish tutorials, what will you make?
Carolina Sawney
@assembly21
Hi there,
Does anyone recommend a good tutorial about polyfills. I need to apply one for one html5 element on a three page portfolio website with a contact form, a gradient, a shadow and a transform or animation. I've searched online, but the quality seems diverse and not knowing the topic, I thought I'd better ask here. Thanks a lot in advance.
Baris Balic
@barisbalic
hi @assembly21, you might need more than one polyfill, it might make more sense to try something like modernizr
Carolina Sawney
@assembly21
Yes, I have to use Modernizr, but only one polyfill, because it's an exercise. Is it just the link to Modernizr then?
Baris Balic
@barisbalic
I don't really know a huge amount about it to be honest, but I was under the impression you add a link to modernizr, which will automatically detect all of the things a browser can and can't do.
Then you can use Modernizr.load() to load polyfills
Adrian Silva
@skiold
hi there, what to expect as a first time coach in Brighton tonight?
Adrian Silva
@skiold
oh, I finally found the link to the invitation
Rosa Fox
@Rosa-Fox
Hi, 18.30 - 21.00pm will be eating pizza and chatting. 7pm - 9pm we split into pairs and take the students either through tutorials on the website, or help them with their own projects if possible. If you would like, Ryan who co-organises Codebar can sit with you and give you some mentoring advice before the coding starts? Otherwise there is some advice here: http://www.codebar.io/effective-teacher-guide. See you later!
Alexander Kustov
@alexanderkustov
Hello guys, joining in to help with anything needed in London. My friend invited me to this actually said that maybe I could coach... anything I should be aware of as a first timer? Is there any guide to contributing to the tutorials or
just writing future ones?
Alexander Kustov
@alexanderkustov
Oh, now that I've seen the link I see it fills up pretty quickly.. so just gotta wait for a better chance
Alex Jahraus
@fanaugen
Sorry guys, can no longer attend tomorrow – I see that there’s less than two students per coach anyway, so you’ll be fine without me :)
Alexander Kustov
@alexanderkustov
Wish I could go... but I understand this waiting list has maybe 20 before me...
Despo Pentara
@despo
There were 2 coaches and 20 students on the waiting list last I checked. @fanaugen if you change your RSVP your spot should be given to the next person waiting.
@knuxus is it as a coach that you want to attend? The waiting list for coaches is never that long (just checked again, there are 3 people now, and another one was already allocated a spot)