Lighthouse Labs Presents the HTML500, Canada's Largest Learn-to-Code Event

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On Feb 1st, 500 participants will spend a day with Lighthouse Labs and 50 tech companies learning the basics required to build a website, raising awareness of the expanding Vancouver tech industry and the need for talent in local companies.

The HTML500 is the first step towards advanced tech education for the general public

On Saturday, February 1, Lighthouse Labs (, Vancouver's premier immersive developer bootcamp, and its partners are hosting the HTML500, the largest one-day open access education event in Vancouver, and one of the largest in Canadian history. The HTML500 will invite 500 people, with no coding experience, to spend a day learning HTML and CSS for free. Upon completion of the event, participants who didn’t previously know how to code will have built their very own landing page.

The goals of HTML500 are to raise awareness of the strength and size of the local technology community, and bring to light the career opportunities available in the sector. The Canadian tech industry is creating global companies, but the demand for talent far outstrips the supply. With a top 10 global startup ecosystem and geographical proximity to other major west coast hubs, Vancouver’s technology industry is poised for explosive growth. Gold partners BC Innovation Council, Telus, Hootsuite & Vancouver Economic Commission, along with 46 other tech-focused companies, have partnered with Lighthouse Labs and the HTML500 in order to help demonstrate the community’s commitment to building a global technology hub in Vancouver.

“The HTML500 is the first step towards advanced tech education for the general public,” said Jeremy Shaki, Event Organizer and Co-founder at Lighthouse Labs. “It is imperative that we show them, especially students, the advantages and ease of learning to code, regardless of the industry they are part of. As software development is instituted in standard curriculums in elementary and secondary schools, this generation of students will need to understand how to code to keep up with the new demands of the workforce.”

While programming is typically thought of as being a challenging undertaking, the basics are in fact fairly straightforward. More than 50 local companies will be in attendance to teach software development fundamentals to university students and members of the community.

“Events like the HTML 500 contribute to the success of B.C.’s technology and innovation sector by providing diverse and valuable learning opportunities for students and up-coming local start-ups. This sector is helping to grow the economy for the next generation of British Columbians,” said Hon. Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.

The HTML500 will be taking place at Rocky Mountaineer Station on Feb 1st, 2014 from 10AM-5:30PM.

To register and find out more about the HTML500, visit

About Lighthouse Labs
Lighthouse Labs is Vancouver’s premiere developer bootcamp using the 8+4 model in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. The program consists of 8 intensive weeks of education at our Downtown Vancouver location, followed by a 4 week co-op with one of our many hiring partners. Our seasoned teacher Khurram Virani and his dedicated staff of TAs will show you the ins and outs of this versatile language, teaching you everything you need to know about fullstack development.
By the time you're done this course not only will you be a superstar in Ruby on Rails, you'll be ready to hit the ground running in your new career and make your name known in the Vancouver tech scene.

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