Why I like the Community
I Participated as a mentor for the Ladies Learning Code (LLC) - Ruby Workshop, volunteering at these events has been a great experience for me. I highly recommend it for fellow developers, and engineers.
Since the feedback system isn't web accessible and public knowledge, below is my response to the interesting portion of their feedback email 1
1) Why did you attend this Ladies Learning Code workshop?
Ruby is awesome, Rails is awesome because of it. I believe getting on the web is important for many professions, ruby and it's framework rails, raise the bar for web development and web applications. Woman have a lesser voice in computing, I believe it's due to a lack of web presence.
2) What was your FAVOURITE part and LEAST favourite part of the workshop?
Seeing others striving to understand and to share in a group setting. I am an introvert by nature, the Center for Social Innovation and Ladies Learning Code are excellent initiatives for making tough problems approachable and fun.
Also, seeing all the mentors come out, I met Matt (who was finding himself in a CTO position and working hard in Toronto) he was awesome. We got to talk shop, and we had some fun together, great guy.
Dealing with the older Lady in the back who had a 5-10 year old pc-windows-laptop-thing that was all enterprise junked up and super slow to work on. Just one of the reasons I'm on a Mac laptop. It was so draining to get her setup and learning, she was approx. 20-minutes behind the class. Plus she was an older woman, so she has a slower learning rate (not her fault). The whole experience had me very upset, but I had my calm-face on and stayed cheery for her sake while I got her though, and all caught up. The neat thing is that I was able to move and help someone else, and some other mentor took over. Because of that, she was able to get fresh patience, and really attentive advice. Later I saw her working away happily. So that was awesome. I believe switching my attention benefited both of us, and we continued on the day working at full capacity. That's what it's all about. (Note: I have been told by many people that I am extremely patient, so for me to become fed up is a feat to congratulate the ms-windows platform on)
3) Feedback on the Lead Instructor(s)
Ryan Brunner and Brad Robertson from influitive.com. They were great, tag-teamed very well. Teaching a classroom of people a new programming language is tough, there are so many double meanings for words and technical lingo. I think they were excellent.
 : they were using google forms to collect the data
As a side note, to stay on top of Ladies Learning Code events I can volunteer for and help out, I've been watching their feed in my rss reader, it's been working well. I can safely recommend it to other developers.