Update on Refurbathon computer donations, HackerGrrlz and tonight's Gala party -- you can still get tickets.
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Hello, YoCWR Supporter!

We have mixed emotions this week, excited as we get ready to celebrate an amazing year with partners, volunteers and friends tonight (check out the incredible party plan below) and sad as the second HackerGrrlz pilot program finished this week and it's another reminder we are near the end of the year that has been Year of Code Waterloo Region. Stephanie Rozek, campaign director, shares a summary and invitation to the Gala in this video: 

Stephanie Rozek
Tickets still available. Subscribers save with promo code: friend.
Thanks for your support this year. Join Hive Waterloo Region at the UW Canada Day event on July 1st!

Hope to see you tonight!

Agnes, Christa, Ben, June, and Stephanie


Speedy Refurbers! 

We had an great Refurb-a-thon session at the end of May, thanks to an amazing group of volunteers and the organization efforts of Ben and Agnes. Almost a hundred machines were cleaned up and new software installed in just one day! Any parts left over were donated to the Working Centre for their ongoing refurbishing program. Read more

HackerGrrlz Pilot #2

The second pilot session of the HackerGrrlz program ended this week, it's just flown by! The students and the mentors have all been amazing. Thanks to our mentors we were able to introduce girls to User Interface design, mechanics, app development as well as teaching code using Scratch and Thimble.

Mentor Lori Lablonde wrote a post about her experience, "Why I volunteered for the HackerGrrlz Program." You can also read YoCWR staffer June Macdonald's summary from the first pilot here
If you want to be a mentor this fall, have a child who would like to participate or are a school who wants to  have a program for your students, use the form on our HackerGrrlz page to let us know:

EUREKA Gala Tonight!

It's going to be an amazing, fun party, we've been working non-stop to bring it all together: music, interactive stations, food, bar, speakers... We hope to see lots of you at The Tannery Event Centre. If you can't make it to the first half, come later! We'll be starting with speakers just before 8pm and then Alysha Brilla and her band will be playing their first set just after 9pm.

There are great prizes to be won, including a Myo armband from Thalmic Labs, an AbeErb beer prize pack, a week of Summer Chef Camp for a lucky youngster, and some beautiful handcrafted pottery. Plus Sandy Levine has donated an artwork by her late son, Leejay, and the 2017 calendar of his work. There are still tickets available at, use promo code friend to save on tickets. And check for updates on Facebook

On the Blog: 

Cat Coode on ransomware, teens, privacy settings and movies


Year of Code Challenge at KPL

Year of Code Challenge Drop-in @KPL

June 25: 2-4pm
Kitchener Public Library, Central Branch

Join us at the Kitchener Public Library the last Saturday each month from 2-4pm! We'll be in the children's area having fun with Hour of Code activities, Lightbot, and Scratch. Suitable for 6-96. Volunteers will be on hand to help. Or if you would like to be a volunteer, please let us know


Year-End Party for Year of Code Waterloo Region
& Fundraiser for Hive Waterloo Region
June 17, 7pm - 1am
Tannery Event Centre, 151 Charles St, Kitchener

Join us for an evening of amazing speakers, interactive tech+art demos, food+drink, door prizes — and don’t bring your dancing shoes for the DJ & live band! 
Tickets are on sale now for a limited time at Early Bird prices.
Or join us as a volunteer
More events on our Events page! 

Summer Tech Camps! 

Mindful Makers

A new camp for the curious and creative aged 7-14, mixing tech and art in an immersive week long experience, running every week this summer. Visit for more information. 

More camps: 

Do you know another camp we should be listing? Please let us know!

Be a Volunteer!

Want to help out? Tell us how you'd you like help.


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