Code monkeys who attended the Waza 2013 conference in San Francisco had opportunities to learn how to do traditional crafts, such as quilting, origami and computer-controlled Zen gardening. The event organizers argued that these activities make people better coders:
At the quilting station instructor Maura Grace Ambrose encouraged participants to use their needles in different ways to get different stitches, teaching that one tool can produce different results based on your technique.
Teich believes those small lessons add up to make everyone better at their own craft, whether that’s coding or anything else. “If you’re just working with what you know, you have a very narrow view of the world, but if you can look at origami or printmaking, you’re going to be a better programmer.”