Hacktoberfest is here, and Code Fountain Institute has brought it to Guam!
I meant to write this post before we hosted Guam’s first ever Hacktoberfest event, but alas, here we are, the Monday after it went down. The planning was slightly stressful and it was definitely last minute, but boy, it was worth every single wink of sleep that was lost, all the lunch breaks we sacrificed, the few days off we took from work, gym days skipped (ok, now I’m exaggerating on that last one 😛). I’m writing this post to reflect on the planning and coordination, remind myself in the future of how things should be prepped, and to serve as helpful advice to any of my readers aspiring to host their own event!
As I’ve always said but never done, I wanted to explore into programming but have only casually skimmed its concepts and did a lot of copying/pasting to get work done. However, with the help of Chovin, I’ve been delving into programming more than I ever have before.
It first started with my joining of freeCodeCampGuam and enrolling in CS50, the popular Harvard course on intro to computer science.
Since I joined freeCodeCampGuam, I thought it’d be a good idea to familiarize myself with the content and offerings that our parent organization, freeCodeCamp, provides.
This past weekend, I joined my first game jam, hosted by Butterscotch Shenanigans! I’ve never participated in one, nor have I ever fully made a game.
Several years ago, I dabbled with the idea of learning programming, but never took it seriously and only learned what I needed to help me get by.
I’ve been working on a project organization that I stumbled upon once while working for the Marianas Business Journal and the Guam Business Magazine, and again upon working at Docomo and meeting the brilliant Chovin Carlson, who started the local chapter of said organization. It’s freeCodeCampGuam, and
they we aim to spread awareness and free resources through Guam for coding and IT.
Sometime in 2016, I made a list of things I wanted to focus more on, in addition to things I wanted to spend less time on. It’s now 2017–how did I fare?