Here at Lighthouse Labs, we’re all for embracing and harnessing the power of mentorship. From our part-time programs, to our signature full-time Bootcamp, and into students’ first job post-graduation, we believe strong mentorship is the key to personal and professional development.

We’re living out that value right now during CanUCode - the Canadian Universities Code Competition.

The nationwide coding competition mobilizes teams from universities and colleges across the country, completing an HTML and CSS curriculum for a chance to win some fantastic prizes.

CanUCode is built on the foundation of mentorship. We want technical students with knowledge of HTML and CSS to mentor and teach non-technical students at their school how to code. Many job postings and opportunities these days list programming as an asset, and adding a new skill to their repertoire sets students up well for post-graduation success.

Non-technical students can upskill themselves for an increasingly tech-reliant world, while technical students can gain valuable mentoring experience while working with a cross-discipline team of aspiring coders across marketing, business, the arts, and anyone else who wants to learn to code.

CanUCode is a competition with nationwide reach and involves 41 teams from 21 universities or colleges across the country.

The Greater Toronto Area currently leads the charge with 63 sign-ups including at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, George Brown College, Sheridan College and York University. Vancouver trails closely behind with 48 sign-ups shared between the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, BCIT and Langara College. Even smaller cities, including Athabasca, Alta. and Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. are represented in the competition.

The University of Victoria is the westernmost post-secondary institution with active members in CanUCode, with two teams totalling 13 participants. Meanwhile, the University of New Brunswick is the easternmost school with 17 sign-ups across two teams.

The largest team (so far) is at the University of Toronto with 28 members and counting. UBC’s DeltaBeginners team is not far behind with 23 members. Thirty members is the maximum per team.

It’s not too late to join. Start a team or join an existing one to help your school win the grand prize of $3,000.