Who should attend the Tech Bootcamp on Saturday, September 6?

  • Curious learners who want to dabble in technology
  • Artists and activists who want to unleash the power of tech for good
  • Innovative students and alumni who have ideas for programs and organizations that will need an online presence
  • Career-driven students and alumni who want to increase their portfolio of skills and add to their resumes
  • You

Registration Details

  • August 4 - Online registration opens for Wesleyan students and alumni. 
  • September 4 - Pre-registration deadline. Online and walk-in registrations will be accepted after September 4, but due to catering deadlines, food may not be available for late registrants.
  • The non-refundable registration fee of $15/person covers breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and all workshops. Sorry, we cannot offer reduced fees for those who can only attend part of the day.
  • Free tickets are available to students who volunteer to staff the event. Contact the Patricelli Center  for more information.


This schedule is subject to change. A final schedules will be available the morning of the Bootcamp. All sessions will take place in Exley Science Center. There will be 15-minute breaks between sessions to allow for individual conversations with presenters and other bootcamp participants.

9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 
Registration, Hospitality, and Presenter Check-in
Stop here when you arrive for a final schedule and refreshments.
Room 137

10-10:45 a.m.
Breakfast and Keynotes “Tech Skills are for Everyone”
Hear about why tech skills are important regardless of your academic pursuits and your career goals, plug in to the Digital Wes alumni group, and get fired up for the day.
Presenters: Tim Devane '09 and Liza Conrad '11
Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150)

11-11:45 a.m.
Introduction To Programming Languages

Every piece of software, whether it runs on a smartphone, website, or microwave, is built using one or more programming languages. In this talk, we'll discuss what exactly a programming language is, what makes one language different from another, and why you may choose one over another. We'll then survey some of the most popular languages in the industry through a set of live code examples.
Presenter: Julian Applebaum '13 
Room 058

12-12:45 p.m.
How to Hack it: Front-End Web Design
In this session Matt will provide you all of the resources and know-how to hack together your first website or web application through early access to the online learning hub SkillEd. Discussion topics will range from UI design and navigation structures to domain registration, hosting, and application deployment. 
Presenter: Matt Donahue '14
Room 058

1-1:45 p.m. 
Lunch and Student Entrepreneur Panel
This panel will showcase student entrepreneurs, their startups, and the work they are doing to gel the entrepreneurship culture on Wesleyan’s campus.
Panelists: Mia Deng '17, Lily Herman '15, Olayinka Lawal '15, Jason Brandner '16, and Joaquin Benares '15
Moderator: Nakia Booth '96 
Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150)

2-2:45 p.m.
Web App Development
This talk will cover the steps required to create a Ruby on Rails web application. The presenters will discuss each layer of a full-stack web app they built together, starting with the database and data relationships that make web apps possible and ending with the HTML used to display your app to the world.
Presenters: Alex Wilkinson '13 and Arielle Sullivan
Room 058 

3-3:45 p.m.
Introduction to Graphic Design

Learn the basics of design, what software you’ll need, industry trends, and DIY training you can do to hone your skills.
Presenter: J. Dontrese “Smack” Brown
Room 058

4-4:45 p.m.
From Zero to Wow: The Art & Craft of the Promo Video
Your Minimum Viable Product doesn't need a character of coding if you can create an effective video showcasing your idea. Only have an old iPhone and a Youtube account? No problem. This session will provide you with the basic tools and best practices needed to powerfully communicate your ideas through the medium of film and animation on any budget. Please come with questions for an in-depth Q&A after the presentation.
Presenter: Zach Valenti '12 
Room 058

5 p.m.
Closing Remarks and Hackathon Showcase
Hackathon teams will demo their projects-in-progress, and attendees will vote on their favorites so far. This session is open to the public.
Introduction: Norman Danner
Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150)