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Saturday, February 20 • 3:30pm - 3:55pm
Computational Thinking for Creatives

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Getting people to think about computation is just as important as teaching coding. At work I started a coding basics series for creative designers for our own digital transformation strategy. I realized that if I don’t explain to people about computational thinking then then coding won’t make much of a difference to them. This talk will review how a group of designers with zero coding experience were brought into computational thinking and how that enabled them to use coding in their projects.


* What is computational thinking
* Why understanding computational thinking can help coding problem solving
* How to bridge the gap of learning to code for creatives like designers
* Establishing the thought process of sequential problem solving
* Prepare people to understand how to abstract problems down into steps
* Use visual aides and diagrams to help visual learners understand key concepts of computational thinking
* Leading from abstractions to problem solving with simple patterns
*With patterns people can build the basis for creating algorithms
* Case study of how HMC Architects used computational thinking and learning
* Company wide training for designers of diverse backgrounds
* Goals of creating training to learn to code while being mindful of different learning styles
* The results including how people were able to get a handle on coding due to computational thinking
* Review Key points and lessons learned

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Tadeh Hakopian

Developer, HMC
Tadeh is a developer and designer in Architecture (buildings not computers). He has been a course author, trainer and open source contributor. Over the years he has taught other designers the value of coding and automation and wants to continue to spread that message to as many people... Read More →

Saturday February 20, 2021 3:30pm - 3:55pm CET
Session Room 2