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The Largest Free Learn To Code Event In Canada Returns This Year

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The HTML500, returns after a year hiatus, kicking off in Toronto on February 18th. 2500+ Canadians of all ages will participate in Canada’s largest free learn to code event. With high industry demand and a coding labour skills gap predicted to hit 200,000 jobs by 2020, the HTML500 will provide free access for anyone looking to take ownership of their digital literacy.

With it’s massively successful inaugural run in February 2014, the HTML500 has seen substantial growth with its expansion the following year to four cities and over 7000 on the waitlist. More than 50% of event participants were women. In 2017, the HTML500 will expand across Canada, with nine stops between February-April including; Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa, Halifax, Victoria, London and Saskatoon, empowering over 2500 Canadians to create through code. Participants of all ages and walks of lives are welcome to attend the event.

Lighthouse Labs is the key driver behind the HTML500, and their mission is to empower the next generation of developers and transform the way tech education is delivered, which has culminated in the creation of the HTML500.

A central goal of HTML500 is to make coding accessible to everyone. Several Toronto-based impact organizations were invited to participate with reserved seats allotted for their members. On February 18, the following organizations will be participating: Women Who Code, StartProud (VentureOut), Sunshine Foundation, Sketch, along with 20 teachers from Kids Code Jeunesse.

WHAT: The HTML500 is a free event which sees Canada’s top technology companies band together to teach 500 lucky participants the basics of HTML and CSS. At this massive celebration of digital literacy, participants will learn how to create their own landing page while networking with fellow attendees, recruiters, and the 100+ developers who are giving back to the community by donating their time, expertise and resources.

WHERE: MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, Toronto

WHEN: Saturday, February 18th 2017 FROM 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


  • Jeremy Shaki, founder, HTML500 & co-founder, Lighthouse Labs
  • Shawn Mandel, vice-president, TELUS digital and national HTML500 sponsor
  • Mike Weaver, former Montreal Canadiens player, who will be coding alongside his 9 y/o son
  • Kate Arthur, Co-Founder Kids Code Jeunesse