I had the opportunity to judge at the Midwest Big Data Hackathon hosted by the University of Iowa this past weekend. The event was open to all students and it was awesome seeing people that had experience in different fields, students and volunteers alike. I saw students from a couple years from graduating with the Bachelors degree to students that were just shy of getting their PhD.
Blog posts highlighting education opportunities and events that we have participated in
A couple weeks back, Michael and I volunteered for an event at the Coralville Library organized by Erica Binegar and called "On Your Mark! Get Set! Code!". It was a one hour class in which kids of 5th/6th graders of any ability level or previous experience were invited to the library to pair program for 1 hour under the guidance of a group of professional mentors (Including us there was Trish Ball from Continuity).
This year, the week of December 7th to 13th has been declared Computer Science Education Week. This is an annual program organized through a grassroots effort by code.org and volunteers / partners. This program has been run since 2009, but this is the first year that Bio::Neos has been involved in the effort... and it was awesome!
Today I was given the opportunity to speak to a roomful of about a hundred 8th through 12th graders that were interested in learning more about IT career possibilities, and get some hands-on experience with a real-world implementation of various technologies in a lab setting at the Kirkwood High Tech Guys Day. It was a great event! Thanks for the opportunity to share my experience and why I think there is a technology-related career for anyone that is interested in pursuing that route.
We at Bio::Neos believe that giving back to the community is of important which is why, I committed to be the lead instructor for the Dev/Iowa Summer Series this year. For the past 9 weeks I have been exposing our group of students to web development tools, frameworks, and best practices.
We have worked with the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) since the very beginning of Bio::Neos. In fact, as a group of 6 engineers with zero practical experience running a business, there was little chance we would still be around 10 years later without their continued support and mentorship. So when I was asked to fill a survey out for their blog, I didn't hesitate to help! Here is the article they put together: