The beginnings of a community without code in Quebec

In addition to creating a community, the organizers note the emergence of a new profession: “Without a Programmer,” whose role includes designing, implementing and maintaining digital products on behalf of other companies. (Photo: Courtesy)

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Techno door tip. The beginnings of the creation of a no-code community in Quebec and the emergence of the profession “without a programmer”. These are the main points from the first No-Code & Design event held on May 12 in Montreal and organized by DesignWare and the Slack community “No Code in France”.

“To grow, no-code really needs this community and its users,” says Lucy Lubett, director of marketing for software development firm DesignWare. “There are always new tools, you always need other people to guide you,” she said in an interview with Les Affaires.

That’s also the opinion of Kathryn Martel, co-founder of Studio Maze Design, a website marketing and development agency that specializes in Shopify. “There is a serious lack of a cross-platform community that would allow for a continuous exchange of skills,” she adds.

Lucy Lobet said she felt a “huge interest” in technology during the event, which brought together 25 people. “There is no conservative code because we don’t talk about it, but many people use it,” thinks someone who has used no code tools in the past without knowing it.

Simon Mazerolle, co-founder of Studio Maze Design, also points to people’s notable interest in not having a code, as well as a lack of a digital place to gather, discuss and ask questions.

No-code allows, through simple interfaces, to democratize access to design tools or solutions for people without programming experience such as websites or automating certain tasks.

Specialize in a tool

In addition to creating a community, the organizers note the emergence of a new profession: “Without a Programmer,” whose role includes designing, implementing and maintaining digital products on behalf of other companies.

It is precisely the area of ​​expertise of Studio Maze Design that they presented their agency during the event. Founded during the pandemic, it was the first opportunity for networking between the founders of the startup.

“It really exceeded our expectations,” says Catherine Martel. “It was a good way to see if there was interest and if we were going to the right place,” Simon Mazirol adds.

And speaking of interest specifically, the two founders greeted some when participants often asked them how to build an agency like theirs.

“What made us successful and able to grow our team to five full-time employees is that we have one experience and don’t pretend to know anything else,” Catherine Martel answers.

While they also used Webflow to build a client’s website – the project is being showcased at the event – their Shopify expertise rests. They don’t want to expand their area of ​​expertise to accommodate more clients, despite the interconnectedness of the various no-code tools.

The ability to “prototype” a creative vision

A note also appears from the participants, which is the possibility of not having code to quickly develop solutions without going through a team of developers.

Catherine Martel believes: “More and more users want to be independent in ‘prototyping’ a creative vision.” She believes in the same way that companies have everything to gain from doing business with experts who do not have code.

Lucie Loubet also believes in this, especially since labor and developers are needed in Quebec.

Samuel Gerrard is also one of those who used No Code to develop the digital side of their apartment maintenance business, Brians. Through a Webflow ad he discovered technology he described as “what he’s always wanted.”

In fact, he says he has always been interested in web design. He even took a CEGEP course, but hiring web developers to visualize ‘what[il a] In the mind “make everything ‘impossible'”.

Thanks to no-code, he has been able to put his company back in position which has seen its number of employees drop from 10 to 3 due to the pandemic. His initial investment in no token is estimated at $500.

Samuel Gerard noticed by consulting the “Communities” sections provided by Tools Without Token that many people come from Montreal. Even though people talk to each other via Twitter or LinkedIn, there is no common place to chat.

“I think if a community is known, people will join in,” he says.

Lucy Lobet hopes this first event will be the start of many others, and the goal is to organize one once every three months.

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