Learn to Code

Learn to Code is a guided introduction to building web applications targeted specifically to nontechnical students and business professionals. Increasingly, jobs at technology driven companies require everyone to understand the basics of how web applications work.

When: Every Tuesday from May 27th, 2014 to June 24th, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Where: SF State Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103

Early Bird Registration (Ends May 1st, 2014): $619

Regular Registration: $649

Register online, via Eventbrite!

Man sitting with laptop in front of code background

During this workshop, students will better understand the tools, processes, and lingo of today’s web development world. Each session will be devoted to a new topic, with the majority of the time dedicated to coding in-class. Using the popular Ruby language, students will build a barebones Twitter application by following stepbystep guides (don't worry we go slow). There is no homework or outside time required, but students should expect to be fully engaged for each 2 hour session.

The workshop is aimed to give students a real advantage in the job market, by giving you the tools and knowledge to better interact with your technical colleagues. Learn to Code at SF State is also the perfect starting point for entrepreneurs who want to build their own ideas on the web.


The workshop is very hands-on, as students will learn (by doing):

∙ How code is written

∙ Which languages are used, and why

∙ How web applications actually work

∙ Where data is stored

∙ What are common frameworks used by developers

∙ How to share code and work with contractors

∙ What standard databases look like

∙ How code is tested and deployed



Session 1 (Tuesday, May 27th, 2014): Introducing Developer Tools

Session 2 (Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014): Crash course in Web Programming Fundamentals

Session 3 (Tuesday, June 10th, 2014): Understanding Databases and Sharing Code

Session (Tuesday, June 17th, 2014): Testing and Styling Your Code

Session 5: (Tuesday, June 24th, 2014) Completing App Functionality


Joe Wadcan

Joe Wadcan currently works at GitHub and is also the founder and developer of Calico, a calendar based startup in San Francisco. He has led communications for an internal startup at Citigroup, and previously worked as an associate at Javelin Venture Partners. In addition, he has built multiple web startups learning a great deal from failure. Joe received his MBA from Berkeley-Haas where he taught himself how to code, understanding the unique difficulties that nontechnicalstudents face.


For questions about the course, email Joe directly: joe@wadcan.com 


Multiple Attendees & Sponsorship Opportunities


There is a 10% discount for multiple attendee registration and corporate or individual sponsorships are available. Contact Orlando Harris, Executive Director of Business Development and Marketing at 415-817-4321 or oharris@sfsu.edu for more information on how to register multiple attendees or to coordinate a sponsorship.


SF State Community Pricing


COBE offers a 10% discount for SFSU faculty members, staff, current students and alumni. For more information on how to apply this discount to your purchase, please contact Nguyen "Win" Pham at 415-817-4315 or fierce@mail.sfsu.edu


For more information about corporate benefits of executive education at the College of Business, please contact:

Photograph of Orlando HarrisOrlando Harris

Executive Director for Business Development and Marketing

San Francisco State University Downtown Campus

835 Market Street, Suite 550

San Francisco, CA 94103


(415) 817-4321 (o)



Learn to Code is a College of Business Enterprises (COBE) program offered in partnership with the College of Extended Learning at San Francisco State University