October 14, 2020
Surrey Digital Academy, a leading provider of coding programs for both kids and adults, and Inasmuch Community Society, which provides support services for refugee claimants, are excited to announce a partnership to provide digital literacy training options for vulnerable newcomers.
“By working with Inasmuch, we are excited to offer financial assistance for refugee claimants to access our coding education programs and build their digital skills to connect and contribute to the Canadian tech community. We are fortunate to be able to be at the forefront of the local tech community in Surrey, and look forward to being able to provide a place where new Canadians can make friends and where we all can help support their journey as they become part of our diverse community”, says Harish Raisinghani, Founder of Surrey Digital Academy.
Richard Belcham, Executive Director of Inasmuch, comments: “The team at Inasmuch is always looking for pioneering and exciting opportunities for refugee claimants in BC. We are really grateful to be able to partner with Surrey Digital Academy to enable refugee claimants to build their coding and digital skills to help them find employment, community and begin their new lives of safety in Canada.”
Refugee claimants, or asylum seekers, are defined as those who have fled their country facing dangers, such as torture or other risks to their life, to seek protection in another country. They are not sponsored by the government or a private group and often face significant hardships trying to rebuild their lives in a new place.
About Inasmuch:Inasmuch Community Society, based in Abbotsford, BC, provides transitional housing, settlement services, customized employment counseling, English Language training and basic living support for up to six months following an asylum seeker’s arrival in BC. Our purpose is to create a family, a home and a supportive community for refugee claimants.
February 7, 2020
Thanks to Surrey Now-Leader reporter Lauren Collins for this short bit on Surrey Digital Academy and our mission to empower anyone to develop their digital literacy! Click on the link above or the image to have a read.
February 6, 2020
SDA was formally presented with a certificate of membership to the SBOT last week at their new member's breakfast. I had the opportunity to introduce SDA to a very diverse audience and it was really exciting to see the positive response to our business and approach!
Looking forward to more networking opportunities at SBOT events and their support for SDA.
January 7, 2020
After months of preparation and setup, today we kicked off our first Fundamentals of Coding course with a bunch of participants eager to improve their digital skillsets!! We're excited to share their progress and their learnings. The first (of 12 sessions) focused on getting setup with Python, Git, Github and setting up and running their first webpage locally using Flask!.
Stay tuned for more course info, progress and outcomes!
December 3, 2019
Now this is super exciting! Surrey Digital Academy is moving into the emerging Health & Technology District being developed across the street from Surrey Memorial Hospital, and will offer the part-time Fundamentals of Coding course from the Innovation HUB - an ecosystem of innovators and entrepreneurs in tech-related startups working alongside health-care providers, and located on the 2nd floor of the City Centre 1 building! Being part of the Innovation HUB allows us to interact with all these amazing organizations that we share the floor with!
Why is this a big deal?! The Health & Technology District is becoming THE technology hub of Surrey and THE medical technology hub of BC, with an estimated 15,000 tech related jobs being developed in the area over the next decade! If you want to be part of the growing tech sector in Surrey, this is the place to be and we are super excited to be helping develop the tech talent for these jobs in the years to come!
The organizations in the Innovation HUB are doing some incredible things, using everything from robotics, VR/AR, machine learning, wearable technologies, and a host of other emerging tech. Have a look at https://healthandtechnologydistrict.com/ and check out their VR tour of what the area will look like after all 8 towers are built!
Can't wait to get started in this beautiful new space! Looking forward to seeing you there!
November 20, 2019
It was a pleasure listening to and meeting Steve Forbes, the media mogul and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine! The event was held by Surrey Board of Trade, who are strong proponents of advancing tech & digital literacy.
SDA is now a member of SBOT!
Check out Steve's latest blog posts at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/steveforbes/#24a838c2e726
November 18, 2019
This was a lot of fun! The Python Turtle library is a fantastic teaching tool which provides a fun and interactive way to teaching basic Python principles with a graphical output. The group also learned how to program a basic rock, paper, scissors game using some flow control logic. I was quite pleased that everyone seemed to follow along well despite some having no prior programming experience. Overall, a great workshop! Next up will be to go through the fundamentals of building websites.
You can even go through the workshop yourself if you are interested! Check out https://github.com/harishraisinghani/learn-talk-tech-surrey/blob/master/Intro-to-Python/lesson.md
November 9, 2019
I had the opportunity to spend the day up at SFU teaching these sharp and keen young women on how to use Python for analyzing finance data. These women are part of the WISE program which stands for Women Investing in Skills and Experiences. This is a program tailored towards teaching tangible skills to women in their personal and professional lives. We covered Python's pandas library and, in particular, the powerful DataFrame structure and plotting libraries such as matplotlib! Stock market data was pulled using Investor Exchanges' API.
You can even go through the workshop yourself if you are keen! Check out https://github.com/harishraisinghani/wise-python-workshop