The HTML500

The HTML500
Location(s)Vancouver, London, Ontario, Toronto, Calgary
Years active3
FounderKhurram Virani, Jeremy Shaki
Attendance500 per event
Areaweb development, technology
ActivityWebsite programming
SponsorTelus, Microsoft, IBM[1]

The HTML500 is a multi-city Canadian technology conference that teaches 500 attendees per event the basics of HTML and CSS programming.[2] Its goal is to promote web development and web programming literacy among Canadian youth, and open the doors for those who may be interested in pursuing careers in technology.[3] Its annual events are held in four Canadian cities: Vancouver, Toronto, London, and Calgary. Event sponsors include IBM, Telus (a Canadian telecom giant), the British Columbia Government's Innovation Council, and Microsoft.[4][5]

The HTML500 is Canada's largest educational technology event, having taught thousands of Canadians how to code since its inception.[3][6]

HTML500 Calgary
HTML500 Vancouver


The HTML500 was founded in 2013 by Canadian entrepreneurs Khurram Virani and Jeremy Shaki. Virani and Shaki are the co-founders of Lighthouse Labs, the largest Canadian web developer Coding Bootcamp .[7][8] Lighthouse Labs acts as the official sponsor and parent company of the conferences. In an interview with BetaKit, Shaki said of the educational initiative, "It’s about more people in Canada understanding the value of digital literacy. It’s about trying to get our governments and other major Canadian institutions involved in the conversation."[9]

In 2014, the event expanded to three additional Canadian cities: Calgary, Toronto, and London.

The second annual event in Vancouver had over 2500 applicants, of which the official 500 were selected through a lottery process.[10] Over half of the attendees were women.[3] Beginning with the second Vancouver event, the Vancouver Economic Commission began running a career fair in tandem with the day's activities to further provide career resources to aspiring web developers.[11]

The multi-city events are routinely covered on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television network.[11]

Event activities

Each event is designed to host 500 attendees. In each city, 50 local technology companies are chosen to help participate by managing and providing teaching assistance at one of the event's 50 attendee roundtables. All the partners and local community members who participate in the event donate their time voluntarily, as the event is a not-for-profit, and there is no entry charge.[9]

Each event begins with a keynote speech plus an educational crash course taught by a notable member of the Canadian technology industry. Attendees are then provided with reference materials to assist them in the second phase of the schedule: building a website from scratch.[10] By the end of the seven-hour schedule, it is the conference's goal to have removed the attendees' intimidation associated with programming, and to give them the confidence and resources needed to continue their web development learning if they choose to do so.[8]


  1. ^ "The HTML500". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  2. ^ "Lighthouse Labs Bridges Digital Literacy Gap with HTML500 -". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  3. ^ a b c "HTML 500: Vancouver's free coding camp attracts 2,000-plus on waitlist, combines with tech job fair". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  4. ^ "The HTML500". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  5. ^ "Free coding bootcamp HTML500 aims to fix Canada's tech skill shortage". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  6. ^ "Vancouver's Tech Talent Crunch -". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  7. ^ "'Hybrid' coding boot camp aims to bring tech sector to rural Canada | Technology | Business in Vancouver". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  8. ^ a b "The HTML500 makes London stop in February | Londoner". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  9. ^ a b "The HTML500 is More Than Another Learn to Code Event | BetaKit". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  10. ^ a b "HTML500 teaches basics of coding, opens doors to B.C.’s tech sector - BC |". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  11. ^ a b "HTML500 coding class prepares Calgarians for booming tech sector - Calgary - CBC News". Retrieved 2015-05-25.

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