About Lamp Post
It Began Over Coffee, As Most Good Ideas Do.
The idea began in a coffee shop—a bit cliché, but nevertheless true. A nearby patron somewhat frustratingly mentioned that “there are no tech meetups in Dayton.” This comment was shocking because Dayton actually teeters more on being a hub of tech meetups rather than a city void of them.
We took this as an opportunity to build something that would simply show all of the tech gatherings in Dayton, regular meetups or one-time events. Free, topical, collaborative, and local—this is Lamp Post.
And what’s in the name? Lamp posts used to be prime real estate for sharing city happenings and local gatherings. They would be wrapped with posters, one stacked on top of another, sharing events that shouldn’t be missed. This is a call back to those grassroots.
Make It Yours
Built on the idea that it could be easily replicated, we invite anyone to fork the Lamp Post Github repository and create a site for your own city. We care about the ability to share this with others in an effort to make tech more accessible to the public—not just the Dayton public but anywhere-in-the-country public.
We Made This
My first taste of web development came from a friend who showed me a bunch of cool projects that he was working on. It didn’t take long before I was hooked. After graduating college, completing more than a handful of tutorials, and reading some books, I decided to attend The Iron Yard to see if web development was really for me. Fast-forward to October 2015: I reached out to a (now) past apprentice at Sparkbox to inquire about the apprenticeship, thinking this could be the next best chapter of my development pursuits, which it’s proven to be. Offline, I enjoy working out, reading non-fiction and self-help books, tinkering with personal projects, spending time with friends, meeting new people, and traveling.
I stumbled into HTML during high school, when you were only as cool as your MySpace profile. I took some classes at Miami University, while working toward my B.S.A. (in Art Education - but a year of teaching public school was enough for me). Girl Develop It (GDI), a non-profit focused on creating safe spaces for women to learn to code, became the true gateway for my future as a full time developer. After over two years of volunteering with GDI - eventually teaching my own HTML/CSS courses - I applied for the Apprenticeship at Sparkbox, was accepted, and eventually hired. My other hobbies include reading, video games, tabletop games, oil painting, and boffer sports.
I got into web development during my band days when we needed to build websites to market our shows. Tinkering with those projects led to building small websites for my family and friends. My web curiosity was put on hold, though, when I became a chef, having long been passionate about the food industry. After years of being in the kitchen, my curiosity for the web industry resurfaced. I began pursuing full-time opportunities to learn more about the web world and found Sparkbox’s apprenticeship. When I’m not at Sparkbox learning from the best, I’m either coding or spending time with my family.
I became a developer because my sister told me to “go into computers.” Luckily, it was a move that I’m glad I made. Creating new things and fixing issues is beyond satisfying for me. I’m a .Net application developer, who jumped on this opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade from a true web house, as an Apprentice at Sparkbox. I carry the passion for making and exploring new things into my personal life, as an artist and co-founder of Trail Seek, a social media based community geared around nature enthusiast and adventurers.