HackerYou Demo Night!!

Tuesday, April 12 was HackerYou’s WordPress, Ruby on Rails & Web Development Demo Night. Students from each course gave demonstrations of their final projects. I was one of two presenters for my WordPress class…my friend Yaa was the other one.  I demo’d the wedding site that I created for my sister’s March 2017 destination wedding.

These evenings are always so much fun and a great way to showcase what we’ve learned to friends, family, and to the tech community. This was my second time presenting. For some strange reason, I was quite nervous this time but it went very well.

Photos by Pam Lau


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Secrets of a Side Hustler Speed Mentoring Event


thumb_IMG_1577_1024Secrets of a Side Hustler reveals strategies, tips, and inspiration to turn your passion into a paycheque while working a full-time job. Their motto is “Why wait for an opportunity when you can create one?

On Thursday, I attended a Secrets of a Side Hustler Speed Mentoring Event at Hacker You with my good friend Yaa. The evening was hosted by Chivon John, Founder of Secrets of a Side Hustler. Two special guest mentors were in attendance to speak of their own side-hustler experiences:  Nike Onile, Founder of 800 Sq Ft and Danielle Thé, Founder of Devs Without Borders and a Toronto based Googler.

The evening got underway with mingling, chatting, and appetizers (the meatballs were to die for!!!). A lively Q&A discussion with Nike and Danielle followed. They shared details about how they got started, overcame challenges and grew their businesses as side hustlers. After that, we were divided into two smaller groups each getting about 30 minutes with Nike or Danielle for peer-to-peer mentoring and Q&A. This portion of the event was incredible! We each shared our “side hustles” and received valuable advice,  guidance, and support from the mentors and from each other.

During the event we were encouraged to take selfies and post about the event to Twitter  using the hashtag #sidehustlechatlive. Those who did were eligible to win VIP tickets to Side Hustle Week in September. Side Hustle Week is the first and only event of its kind to inspire, inform and connect side hustlers and aspiring entrepreneurs. I submitted the selfie above and won tickets!!

thumb_IMG_1579_1024If you have the opportunity to attend a Side Hustle event, I highly encourage you to go! It is an uplifting, fun, and motivating event! I can’t wait to attend another one.