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What talk are you most excited to experience at CodeLand 2022?

Hey there, CodeNewbie Community members old and new!

With CodeLand 2022 coming up really soon (June 16 & 17, 2022), our team would love to know which talk you're particularly excited to experience — and why.

View the program here and let us know your answer in the comments below.

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Top comments (111)

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Chris Miles

Another first timer. Looking forward to everything, but "Accessibility is not a mystery" jumped out as a particularly strong title.

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Kat Fay

👋🏼 Chris, I'm a first timer too and not really sure what to expect ... looking forward to it and hoping to connect with other learners to encourage each other 😃 Would love to follow you on Twitter, I'm @katfay_ Accessibility is such an important topic. I think the last few years has shown us that if tech is not designed with diverse needs in mind from the start - it can be a life damaging/threatening (just thinking of how apps and comms were not initially tailored older or culturally diverse audiences who needed them here in Melbourne, Aus, during the pandemic).

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Jacob Asper

Same :)

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Ayu Adiati

Literally, all of them! 🤩

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Kithmini🌸 • Edited on

This is the first time of me participating to a codeLand. And um so excited to see whats going and everything on there.🤩💜

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As someone new to coding and learning HTML, CSS, & JavaScript to design more engaging & inclusive online courses, “Accessibility in Design” and “Teaching through Code Reviews” are the two webinars that pique my interest.

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Kat Fay

They sound like interesting choices Christine and I can relate to being new at HTML, CSS & JavaScript. What kind of courses are you designing?

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I aspire to create courses for educators at a university or a EdTech company. So far, it’s been for K-12.

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

I truly cannot and will not pick 😂

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𝕁𝕦𝕝𝕚𝕒 👩🏻‍💻

I was part of the committee this year who had the honor to choose which talks should be held on this years CodeLand. I guarantee, all these talks will be AMAZING!!

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Elaine Aquino • Edited on

Hey! :) I am most excited about the accessibility talks and listening to the stories of the speakers about their personal and professional journeys. I also would love to learn about inclusivity topics as they make me really curious. :)

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Ben Stokes

Anything on accessibility and mental health

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Thomas Bnt

Oooh me too!

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The whole CodeLand event😍​

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I'm particularly drawn to the accessibility and mental health talks- but it all sounds genuinely great!

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Matt Van Itallie

omg this is so exciting!

I am looking forward to all of them too.

But can I "cheat" and say the "talk" I'm most interested in is hearing from with newer coders and hearing their stories and their passion for coding. It is so exciting to me to hear folks' journeys into tech, what's on their minds, and what they are looking forward to.

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Madelene Campos

I was a code newbie back in 2015, went to a bootcamp and have been working as a programmer ever since! I'm looking forward to coming at this from the "other side" and feeling that positive energy and hope, again.

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Maria Silva

👋🏼 First timer here!
As a prenatal nurse I am really excited for the How I Tracked My Pregnancy with Python & Emojis. Sounds so interesting, I've never heard a patient do this. 😃 I only know the basics of Python but I'm excited to keep learning!

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This is my first time of attending a codeland conference, I am looking forward to all of them and quite interesting about all of them

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D'yara Williams

The experience of all of them but most importantly:

Day 01 🔥

  • A Programmer's Guide to Mental Health - RAYMOND CHUNG
  • I Think, Therefore I Code: An Introduction to Pseudocode - SILVIA ESPAÑA

Day 02 🔥

  • Design Systems for Developers - KATHRYN GRAYSON NANZ
  • There's More to Open Source than Code - RAMÓN HUIDOBRO
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Sarah Bartley

I'm excited for all the talks at this year's CodeLand. I'm especially excited to hear the keynotes from Angie, Kelsey, and Tracy.

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"How I Tracked My Pregnancy with Python & Emojis" :) Gonna be interesting

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Jolene Kearse • Edited on

I've attended a few other online tech conferences before, but I'm really enjoying this - maybe my favourite! I'm really loving using Discord, so I can chat and really interact with other people. This is keeping me so engaged and not feeling alone. I like that there are other people just getting started in tech.
Oops, misread the question! I'm excited for Ramon's talk, because I took his JavaScript bootcamp. It's also on Open Source, which if read about, but am still unsure how to get involved.

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Avacado Girl

Actually this is my 1st time.

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Erin Bensinger

Definitely looking forward to Tracy's talk!! As a writer, I was also delighted to see a talk titled "Celibrate you're misteaks" 😂 nice one, @joeglombek !

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Joe Glombek

I'm available to hire to write punny talk titles 😜

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Vanessa Vun

"Next-Gen Inclusivity: How Gen Z Can Make Real Change in Tech" is what I look forward to. Now that I'm a little "older" as a millenial, I gotta stay in the know on what is going on with Gen Z. It's a constantly changing world.

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Randy Macdonald

I'm excited to be a 1st time registrant. Unfortunately, I will most of the live sessions as I teach high school computer science and this will take place during our last 2 days of school. Nonetheless, I'll try to follow this all asynchronously and hopefully recordings will be available. :-)

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Dulya Perera • Edited on

The talk in🌈CodeLand 2022

Thrilled and excited😊🤗 to experience all of them.

But hardly I'll pick one talk among them which is Design Systems for Developers By KATHRYN GRAYSON NANZ.

There's no one special reason. However, as we all are devs, we always build up or design variance kinda systems for others to make their life better or easier.
But not for us...?!?

So let's stay blessed & hear more systems for Developers🍻.

Glad to have the community like &😉 Hats off 💃 to the @codenewbiestaff + @dev.tostaff team.
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Gulshan aggarwal

Excited for Design System for Developers which will take place on Friday, (10:14 PM GMT+5:30 (4:44 PM UTC)). Because I love to read a lot about the backend part, how good systems are designed, & standard tools are used. 🤩

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Hussain Codes

This is my first time attending CodeLand. To be honest, I'm excited by all the intriguing talks lined-up, especially the ones under the Theme 'Healthy Coding' but if I HAD to choose one I'd say "Celibrate you're misteaks" because it gets an extra point for the punny title 😉

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This is the first time of me participating to a codeLand. And I can't say how I enjoyed Kelsey Hightower's talking. He was kind of explaining exactly my challenges and struggling part of tech life. Thank you CodeLand for this amazing conference.

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Pablo Hernandez

Im an absolute Newbie... I am a transitioning from being in the healthcare arena as a Surgical Tech to learning Cybersecutrity and now learning HTML,CSS,Python and soon moving onto JavaScript,Front end, Back end,Full Stack and so on... I am so excited to part of this community and share all of my Healthcare experience.

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Valeria Cerpa Salas

All of them. I like specially the ones focused on resume/LinkedIn as well as career advice.

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Hope everything will be excited here.

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Jim Törnvall

Here for the experience, was really nice last time.

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I don't have anyone I'm on edge to hear from, more that I want to see everything I can.

I attended last year, but this year I knew about it way in advance.

The Chat function.

I'm attending this year because as soon as I heard about it, I was instantly excited.

I wouldn't say I have a side project, per se. I've been learning on-and-off at Team Treehouse and Pluralsight. I just wish I had the opportunity where I could just go from month to month without having to freeze my Team Treehouse account because I can't pay for it that month, or this month, honestly. I suppose a side project I was successful at, however, was completing #100DaysOfCode through Team Treehouse in 2018.

A cool thing I learned is that I know more than I thought I would at this point. That there is more accessiblity than there was when I started, well and truly, on my Livejournal in 2004. I still have it and it taught me a ton about HTML/CSS and I love that others learned the same way.

A way I stay motivated is to not allow myself to think about getting started. Sitting down at my computer at eleven o'clock at night and just doing some programming until two am is really enjoyable for me.

I'm learning a whole bunch of things. The key for me is to find ways to stay excited because the loss of motivation for myself starts with not listening to myself. I've gone back to tweets from two days ago and found exactly what the problem was already expressed about how I need to type along with the stream. I can't seem to understand everything if I do it differently. I instantly get my motivation back.

The last thing that blew my mind was when I realized that I'd learned how to hack and was a hacker. That started because I was really tired of being hacked and had to figure out how to keep it from happening in the first place.

Realizing that someone WROTE different sites in the formats I've seen is universally awesome. Like the Montana Meth Project. I realized, 'someone wrote this!'.

I know I still want to be a forensic pathologist, but I want to work in a job that doesn't feel physically tortured at the end of a workday with pain in my back and legs.

Professionally, I've learned that people lie. Businesses lie. I'd tell myself to look for jobs that aren't secretly for neurotypicals and the managers aren't going to hop, skip, and jump right over your resume because they don't actually have to TELL you that's why they aren't hiring or re-hiring you.

The memory of writing a webpage AT ALL making me extremely nervous. Like, when I would stumble across an insanely awesome Livejournal where the stylesheet was SO COOL. I would always wonder 'HOW DID THEY DO THAT?' I don't think that anymore.

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Tauri StClaire

Tauri's Faves for Codeland 2022

Ok I didn't do that much whittling down, but I have a top 3 for each day!


  1. The Shared Responsibility of Tech Ethics with Erin Mikail Staples
  2. How I Tracked My Pregnancy with Python & Emojis with Hannah Hazi
  3. Lighting Talk Building Your “Accomplishment Journal”: with Matt Van Itallie and Sema Software


  1. Open Toolbox: Design Systems for Developers with Kathryn Grayson Nanz
  2. Accessibility in Design with Bethany Jepchumba
  3. Inclusive Web Development with Clifford Ouma

I am a queer, Latinx, neurodivergent coder and my fiancee is a disabled veteran so Accessability and Inclusivity really matter to me! I care a lot about ethics and read a lot of sci-fi to inform my thoughts. {:
I love data and tech applied to our complicated and social and biological lives so I'm really fascinated by using Python to track pregnancy!


/***** I am in love with software engineering and breaking into tech! Follow my learning on my LinkedIn as I learn front end > UX design > Python *****/

zoemoment profile image

That's what I should have done! I had tried to get down to only three and failed.. I did get down to four!

rohithsreedharan profile image

Everything Including Welcome Speech, I am excited to GO ahead with it.

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Dallas Viars

There are so many, but the one that made me giddy was seeing that Ramon Huidobro is doing the There's More to Open Source than Code segment. He has a wonderful personality and seems like an overall awesome person :)

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I'm looking forward to all of them but I will pick my top three :)

  • A Programmers Guide to Mental Health - Raymond Chung
  • Redefining Your Programming Purpose - Tracy P Holmes
  • Accessibility is Not a Mystery - Laurel Younis
  • I Think, Therefore I Code: An Introduction to Pseudocode - Silvia Espana

Bah! I couldn't get down to less than four..

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Pablo Hernandez

I think that NITYA NARASIMHAN is a firecracker and such gift, she just spent minutes of her time to give of herself and offer some of the most influential material that I have seen in a while. Thanks so much on your efforts as your truly a person that will pay it forward quite a number of times.

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Cannot pick a one. Hope everything will be exiting.🤓​

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Auroiah Morgan

First time just looking to see what this is. I recently got my first developer position after a few years of learning and failing ! Excited to make some new connections and grow a foundation to continue on evolving my skills and helping others!

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Allison Blumenthal

As a total newbie, I'm looking forward to hearing the perspectives of Joe Glombek in "Celibrate your misteaks" and Raymond Chung in "A Programmers Guide to Mental Health." Those both feel like great topics to be exposed to, early on in this career change!

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Brian H. Hough | brianhuff.eth

Hi devs!! This is my first CodeLand 2022 and really looking forward to the talks and discussions 😊 I'm most excited to learn from experienced engineers on how to keep up in this fast-paced industry and navigate code reviews. Thank you for putting this on @codenewbiestaff !!!

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Ogunkola Adeola Ayorinde

Thanks for the opportunity to join, So glad to hear from professionals from the Big Tech spaces.

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Design Systems for Developers

danielbuscor profile image

First timer here. Im looking forward for the "A Programmer's Guide to Mental Health" and "I Think, Therefore I Code: An Introduction to Pseudocode" talks.

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Leah Godfrey

The ten commandments of code reviews talk sounds particularly intriguing! Always looking for tips and tools to make reviews smoother and more productive.

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This is my first CodeLand! I'm interested in networking with other early-career devs and learning from all the talks! Especially looking forward to hearing from under-represented people in tech

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Simarpreet Singh

Waiting for @haimantika 's talk

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Bobby Trejo

First time joining CodeLand and didnt know what to expect. But the Keynote Speaker Kelsey was awesome and really enjoyed his part.

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Early career developer here, I'm excited to learn about how I can grow and improve my skills.

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Madelene Campos

I was a Code Newbie back in 2015, went to a bootcamp, and have been in the field ever since. I'm looking forward to feeling that positive energy and "hope" and coming at this from the other side. :)

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Alexander Bourlotos

Mine is "Redefining your programming purpose". Based on my background coming into tech, a problem for me was exactly this. Very excited to see what they have to say!