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Over the past few years, students and workers across the United States (and the world) have heard the battle cry to learn code. With over 120,000 open technology jobs in the U.S. alone, skilled professionals are needed to take businesses and technology to the next level. Some organizations, such as Code.org, have begun enlisting celebrities to learn code—using their influence to encourage others, particularly minorities in tech, to follow their lead.
While some celebs have unexpected backgrounds in technology, others are learning code for the first time. The range of individuals advocating for diversity in computing spans industries and age brackets—and some of them might surprise you.
Companies across the globe have added hackathons to their roster of annual events to strengthen their corporate community and foster innovation in an engaging and cost-effective way. For employees, participation not only affords them unlimited snacks and beverages throughout the event, but it also bridges the gap between departments, sparks creativity and allows them to work on projects outside of their daily workflow.
Tech companies have begun hosting annual global hackathons and have reaped the benefits of the innovations created—Facebook’s chat feature and OneTravel’s latest groundbreaking mobile feature, Opal, to name a few.
If your company has been toying with the idea of an internal team hackathon, but has no clue where to start, begin with this list of the top five hackathon planning items that every organizer should have on their to-do list. Continue reading
I was recently invited to attend Write/Speak/Code, a workshop-based, three-day conference to help female software developers increase their visibility in the tech community. I had the opportunity to meet and work alongside seasoned developers and code newbies on everything from writing a compelling bio to brainstorming talk topics, and finally contributing to open source.
From a humanities graduate to a full stack web developer, General Assembly Hong Kong’s WDI graduate, Stephanie Siaw hopes to break the myth that coding is a scientific, mathematical skill. She hopes that others like her can embrace its creativity.
As one of the partners of a Ruby on Rails software development agency, I speak with dozens of non-technical startup founders every week who are in various stages of building their first web or mobile application. The range of technical acumen, willingness to learn, and time and resources varies widely among the group.
As a firm, we’re not just competing with other NYC based agencies for their business, but also offshore devshops, freelancers, and in some cases, the prospective client who may want to execute internally.
At the end of the day, a non-technical founder who has decided that they must build something has two options: Pay someone else, or partner with people. Below are the pros and cons.
As a mother of two boys under age 10, I know how hungry to learn children can be. My kids could teach themselves to read literature in Russian if they thought it would be fun. I kept that in mind while researching the best resources to teach kids to code. What children need is something that makes coding engaging, exciting, and (the word that parents cannot utter without turning whatever they are talking about into anything but) cool. Here are some apps, online programs, and camps to help your future coders get started.
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Whether you’re an entrepreneur, student, or stay-at-home parent, increasing productivity is always a good thing. And with the variety of devices and software available to help us stay organized, it can be easier than ever.
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But no one needs or wants one more account to manage (password fatigue is a real thing, ok?). These three to-do list apps integrate with your existing Gmail account (a major plus for companies using Gmail as their email client), turbocharging the power of the platform to help you prioritize and track tasks without requiring the creation or maintenance of additional accounts. One less thing to do! You’re already making progress. Continue reading
Although bad news seems to be the order of the day, there is reason for optimism on many fronts–one of them being the future of employment in the U.S. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that a projected 20.5 million new jobs will have been added between 2010 and 2020, a 14.3% growth in employment. And if you’re technologically inclined (like us!), there’s even more reason to rejoice. Read on to find out which careers are most promising. Continue reading
I’m a nerd. I have been taking apart, assembling, and programming machines since I was in the single digits. Being exposed to computers at an early age, I have a strong grasp on the way they think (sometimes even stronger than I do with humans). However, those of you who haven’t spent the majority of your lives speaking to machines may experience some frustrating challenges in your attempts to communicate.
Let’s face it, machines are dumb (for now), and we have to bring ourselves down to their level to have a successful conversation. I do, however, think there are some valuable lessons to be gained when learning to speak a technical language, even if your end goal is not to become a technical linguist (programmer).