Hackers, book a mentoring session here

In the past year, I’ve become entirely immersed in tech. I went from learning what the heck a modulus was to getting flown to events and talking to dozens of people a day. I’m not an exceptional person by any means. I’m a product of an amazing culture of perpetual mentorship.

Mentorship is changing.

Mentorship in the age of the hackathon is less formal. It’s subconscious. It’s perpetual.

Building a network of people with diverse skills and interests is now more important than trying to pair with a single guide. The hackathon community is comprised entirely of talented people who are constantly growing and learning. It’s time that we take advantage of that and embrace mentorship as a part of our community culture.


Let’s make constant mentorship the default.

  1. Always be learning.
  2. Ask for help often.
  3. Share the things you’ve learned.

Free Mentorship

If you want to try this mentorship thing, but aren’t sure where to start, I’ve opened up several free mentorship sessions just for hackers. You can book them here. The permanent link is http://ari.li/HackerChat. I’d love to talk to you about anything, but I’m most useful for people wanting to learn front-end web (HTML/CSS/JS) the right way, looking to get into self-employment, thinking about dropping out, or seeking the internet’s best hedgehog photos.

My original sessions (HackerChat beta, if you will) were inspired by my good friend Dave Fontenot’s http://bit.ly/chatwithdave, where he will also talk to you about anything!

Hackers - take some time and teach your favourite technology, tell a story about a cool event or your first job, or give some candid feedback. You don’t need to be an expert - just be open!

I’m looking forward to chatting with more and more of you. A special thank you to the hackers I’ve already spoken to - you inspire me to keep teaching and learning!

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