I’ve successfully used Twitter to crowdsource resources for people getting into tech. This post documents the results (and saves me scrolling next time someone asks), as well as learnings from the process.
Learning to code resources
I enjoy helping people learn to code, and have spent lots of time mentoring and teaching with organisations like Code First: Girls and 23 Code Street. But that means I’m often people’s first introduction to code - instead, I wanted to get an up-to-date idea of the best resources for people doing this remotely. So I turned to Twitter.
Hey tech Twitter, what's your favourite online resource to recommend to someone who has never coded before (not even a tiny bit) and wants to see what it's about?— Jenny Brennan (@jennyhbren) December 9, 2017
RT for reach 🙏 ✨
I was impressed by the results:
Thank you for wonderful recommendations so far! Tl;dr:— Jenny Brennan (@jennyhbren) December 10, 2017
⭐️ @Codecademy topping recommendations
⭐️ @freeCodeCamp next most popular
🔸 @MozDevNet: https://t.co/ENlbP4VQ9A
🔸 @ftrain's article: https://t.co/rwUYeToQff https://t.co/isicyjBMuU
A summary Tweet felt like a good way to:
- boost reach
- help people (including myself!) lost in all the replies
- thank people for their responses
Tech Twitter: What are your fav low cost (or free!) tech conferences or events?— Jessica Rose (@jesslynnrose) October 16, 2018
RT for reach? Really want to find which events are doing a great job on this 💸✨
Started a repo to help people who want to learn to code for free 3 days ago, with the hope it can help diversify tech. Blown away by support, already had 8 PRs. Pls keep RT-ing & sharing so we can keep growing it: https://t.co/0UVQzjtvNl pic.twitter.com/HmKadXvzIm— Charlotte Fereday (@CharlotteBRF) October 23, 2018
Getting into cybersecurity
Cybersecurity isn’t my expertise, but was the interest of a mentee of mine, so, again, I turned to Twitter.
Hey tech Twitter, what resources/tips would you recommend to a 17yo who wants to get into cybersecurity?👩💻 Bonus points for online or UK-based.— Jenny Brennan (@jennyhbren) January 7, 2018
RT for reach? Thank you 🙏 ✨
The response was fantastic: 120 replies, many detailed and thoughtful, some direct offers of support/conference tickets from senior industry people, and a notable subset who had assumed I was the 17 year old girl 💁.
I didn’t post a summary Tweet this time as the results were hugely diverse, and sometimes contradictory so I’d recommend working your way through them if cybersecurity’s your thing.