Side projects liberate you

No matter what your goal — learning a new technology, making some money, achieving something in an area you care about — side projects are liberating. In an era where we are all increasingly obligated to do what other people want (who else is going to deliver work projects, pay the bills, do the school run, and generally make sure the wheels don't fly off?) side projects are a chance to do something just for yourself. They give you agency, self-belief and happiness — and vital skills that can be put to use to make publishing better.

Side projects help the publishing industry

Publishing needs to be technically literate if it's to survive and thrive. It's up to us — the workers — to make that happen, because publishing companies can't seem to visualise what efficiencies and cost savings could be produced with in-house skills.

Technical literacy within the industry means:

The more people in publishing who have technical skills, the more innovation we'll enjoy, and the more varied their interests, motivations and perspectives, the richer the range of ideas that will be made real — which is one reason why #SideProjectSummer is for everyone, no matter your current skill level or background. Read more about the benefits of technical literacy to publishing on the Day of Code website, #SideProjectSummer's sister initiative.

Side projects help your employer

A technical side project helps your employer, who could provide some work hours as part of your continuing professional development. Here's a list of what they get out of it: share it with them to encourage them to support you in your efforts.