Michael Jude Larocca

Free Code Camp's July 2021 Summit

Published on July 12, 2021

This week's article covers Free Code Camp's 2021 Summit! New features announced, the Data Science Curriculum fully funded, and Ania Kubรณw joins the team to administer the Free Code Camp Talks Channel!

Free Code Camp's July 2021 Summit

What is Free Code Camp?

Founded by Quincy Larson, Free Code Camp is a non-profit organization committed to continually providing the education needed to enter the job market as a developer.

Without installing additional software, you can learn to code online for free with just a computer and access to the internet.

Free Code Camp awards certifications! Upon building and submitting five passing required projects per certification, you can earn and add them to your resume and post them to your social media.

In addition to their curriculum, Free Code Camp has a forum, a library of educative YouTube videos, and an online community to assist you on your coding journey.

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As the Free Code Camp curriculum evolves, rest assured, you will not lose any of your progress.

During the July 2021 Summit, Quincy Larson states that all Free Code Camp certifications will always be claimable as legacy certifications.

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Data Science Curriculum Expansion

Quincy Larson explains that data science skills are currently only taught at a few universities around the world. Free Code Camp's goal is for anyone, anywhere, to have free access to these advanced mathematics and machine learning concepts that data scientists use in the field.

Through donations, the community fully funded the $150,000 Data Science Curriculum Expansion, and an additional $150,000 was matched by Darrell Silver!

The Data Science Curriculum consists of 12 new certifications focused on math, computer science, and machine learning โ€“ all taught using Python.

Free Code Camp has already started bringing on experienced teachers using the funds raised from the community pledge drive.

During the Summit, Quincy introduced two new teachers who are helping design the Data Science Curriculum, Kylie and Ed. He praises them both as very talented developers and teachers and tells us that they are both Free Code Camp contributors.

Kylie Ying is a graduate student at MIT and the creator of Free Code Camp's 12 Beginner Python Projects - Coding Course.

Ed Pratowski has taught math and computer science at the high school and collegiate level for nearly 20 years. He is now creating the foundational mathematical education of the new data science curriculum.

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The freeCodeCamp Talks Channel

YouTube celebrity Ania Kubow joins the Free Code Camp team and is entrusted with curating the content of their freeCodeCamp Talks channel!

Free Code Camp describes the channel's purpose as "sharing great conference talks about software to get a wider audience." They get the discussions from various sources, and they are all under the creative commons license.

Ania encourages us to subscribe to the freeCodeCamp Talks channel and tell her what additional content we would like to see!

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Campfire Mode

Campfire Mode enhances your learning experience with the addition of beautiful aptly chosen acoustic guitar music provided by Devin Lane.

Devin is a San Francisco-based musician who also goes by the name Gentle Return on Spotify.

Devin explains that the addition of the music is to help the learner's mindset and ease the challenges of learning how to code.

With Campfire Mode enabled, as you type, you are treated with gentle melodically picked notes that form into an entire song as you code.

When you submit a passing challenge, a victory chord is struck! When you submit a failing challenge, a palm-muted chord is struck, which clearly indicates to musicians and non-musicians alike that they did not pass the challenge in a gentle manner.

In addition to the added music while coding, similar melodic sounds are now heard while navigating through the Free Code Camp website! Toggle buttons, expansion menus, and the donation page all generate music through interactions.

They saved the best for last! When you successfully claim a hard-earned certification, you are rewarded with a victory song!

Nicholas Carrigan, a prolific contributor to Free Code Camp who is now part of the staff, provides a demonstration of "Campfire Mode" during the summit at timestamp 5:02

Be sure to watch the FreeCodeCamp July 2021 Summit!

Chapter - The Self-Hosted Open Source Event Management System for Non-profits

Free Code Camp has been working on "Chapter" a free self-hosted open-source alternative to Facebook Groups and

Soon, other non-profits will also have the ability to host their instance of this event management tool on their servers.

Creating a tool like "Chapter" will eliminate the need for spending large amounts of money per year and allow them to maintain control of their own data.

You can watch a demonstration of "Chapter" on the Free Code Camp July 2021 Summit at timestamp 34:57

The 2021 New Coder Survey is Now Live

Dilan Eren is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Boston University. Over the past few months, she has been working with Free Code Camp founder Quincy Larson to design the 2021 New Coder Survey.

The survey aims to understand the various needs of self-taught web developers to create a robust learning curriculum.

As with past surveys, Free Code Camp will publish the results as an open data set. The survey is anonymous. They do not ask for any personally identifiable information, and all of the questions are optional.

Here is a link to the survey: The 2021 New Coder Survey-freeCodeCamp

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Note: If you can financially afford to, please consider a monthly contribution to Free Code Camp. Free Code Camp accepts monthly donations of $5 to help their non-profit organization run.


Quincy Larson tells us that having a tech job can provide a high quality of life for us; we can earn a high level of income working for a company, have the flexibility of working remotely or even start our own business.

With the upcoming courses announced in the 2021 Summit, Quincy tells us that Free Code Camp will continually provide education for us, even after we become established developers!

Are you now encouraged to learn how to code? Have you or are you interested in earning certifications from Free Code Camp? Please share the article and comment!

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