Calgary version of HTML150 to take place at Mount Royal

On your marks, get set, code!

HTML 150

These will be the words spoken to 150 students on March 25 at Mount Royal University. Calgary is one of several Canadian cities participating in the HTML150, a free event that provides a crash course on website development using HTML and CSS. Calgary's version will have 150 lucky attendees, while more than 750 people attempted to sign up in this city alone. Across Canada, there will be 2,350 more participants coding with the help of 50 of the country's top tech companies … all on the same day.

Mount Royal University is partnering with Lighthouse Labs and the Calgary Economic Development Authority to offer this event, which teaches coding skills to those interested (and underemployed). Bree Smith, an instructor with the Web Designer Extension Certificate program in Mount Royal's Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension, and a mentor for the day, says, "I think this is an amazing opportunity to get people excited about web design. It's a field that is thriving because everybody has a website.

"My hope is that this event sparks interest in people to find more traditional education in this field." The format for the intense coding day is split with a half day spent learning about HTML followed by project work in the afternoon. Smith says that some of her continuing education students have been through a computer science program, but many are self-taught.

"The benefit of taking the courses is that you get to learn from somebody else's mistakes. Trial and error is okay, but it's a longer process." Along with teaching classes, Smith is a SMART media trainer and communications lead with Mount Royal's Academic Development Centre.

Explore the web languages of HTML and CSS to enhance your web design skills.

You can take this course on its own or as part of the Web Designer Extension Certificate.


Dates: April 30 to May 14 (Saturdays and Sundays)
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $449
Register today