Side Project Summer is a network of book publishers who code, or who want to code. Everyone is welcome: please see our Code of Conduct
Work on your own coding project 1pm to 5pm each Friday, May 15th–August 28th 2020
There's no sign up: instead, tweet your questions, progress, ideas and results on #SideProjectSummer to get friendship, feedback and help from other friendly sideproject-ers
Do what you like: a tutorial, your first app, or a new programming language. Here are some ideas
Use your Friday lunchbreak, your summer hours (if your place of work does that) and ask your employer to contribute hours for your continuing professional development. For example:
Lunch (1pm to 2pm) + Summer Hours (2pm to 4pm) + 1 hour from your employer's Continuing Professional Development budget (4pm to 5pm) = Side Project Afternoon!
UPDATE, May 1st 2020.
Now we're all in lockdown, Summer Hours aren't a thing, and the headspace and mental resilience required to tackle new skills is no longer a thing. The luxury of the financial security (we thought it was bad before: little did we know) that liberates you to be creative and enquiring has been replaced for many with a white-noise wall of constant screaming anxiety.
But some things remain. Are, in fact, strengthened — such as our appreciation of community and a greater self-knowledge, now so much is stripped away, of what we crave in times of immense stress.
If, in the domestic weirdness, as your own personal coping needs reveal themselves, you discover that what you need is distraction, a time-slip, something _different_ to obsess over, then Side Project Summer might be a useful tool in your coping toolkit.
So if — and only if — you think the practice of coding would help, then the Side Project Summer community would be glad to walk alongside you on your adventures. See you on the 15th, on the #SideProjectSummer hashtag?