Community and Events

Open lab is the name for one of our anchor weekly events, but the phrase also embodies our desire to be a hub for all NU people interested in media, technology, storytelling and design.

Watch this page for events and opportunities to meet people and make things. For more updates, be sure to join our Northwestern-only Google Group for a weekly newsletter and follow our Facebook page.

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Open Lab Websites Week One

Month of Making is back for May! This month, we'll be working to create a fully-functional website, all the way from ideation to hosting and launching. This series will build on itself, so we recommend coming every week. If you do, you'll come away with a complete (static site) website, whether it's for a professional portfolio, personal blog, summer project, or something else. No prior experience is required to participate. On Tuesday we'll work on designing (or redesigning) your site. We'll start by drawing out your site's skeleton by hand, which will help you understand what elements are necessary to support your site's purpose. Here, you'll learn about different brainstorming and design principles. After that, you'll create a skeleton of the site using HTML and CSS. Whether you're completely new to web development or a pro, you'll have this time to translate your ideas from paper onto the screen with support from student fellows.

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Lab Lunch Lorena Mesa of PyLadies Chicago

Lorena Mesa is a data engineer at Sprout Social and co-founder and organizer of PyLadies Chicago. PyLadies is an international mentorship program that helps women become active in the Python open-source community. She is also a director at the Python Software Foundation and an instructor and teaching assistant at Girl Develop It, a nonprofit organization that teaches women web and software development. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2009 with degrees in Political Science and International Studies. Ask her about how she transitioned from her degree in Political Science and International Studies into programming and the variety of cool projects she has worked on.

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Open Lab Websites Week One

Month of Making is back for May! This month, we'll be working to create a fully-functional website, all the way from ideation to hosting and launching. This series will build on itself, so we recommend coming every week. If you do, you'll come away with a complete (static site) website, whether it's for a professional portfolio, personal blog, summer project, or something else. No prior experience is required to participate. On Tuesday we'll work on designing (or redesigning) your site. We'll start by drawing out your site's skeleton by hand, which will help you understand what elements are necessary to support your site's purpose. Here, you'll learn about different brainstorming and design principles. After that, you'll create a skeleton of the site using HTML and CSS. Whether you're completely new to web development or a pro, you'll have this time to translate your ideas from paper onto the screen with support from student fellows.

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Lab Lunch Lorena Mesa of PyLadies Chicago

Lorena Mesa is a data engineer at Sprout Social and co-founder and organizer of PyLadies Chicago. PyLadies is an international mentorship program that helps women become active in the Python open-source community. She is also a director at the Python Software Foundation and an instructor and teaching assistant at Girl Develop It, a nonprofit organization that teaches women web and software development. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2009 with degrees in Political Science and International Studies. Ask her about how she transitioned from her degree in Political Science and International Studies into programming and the variety of cool projects she has worked on.