Partnering with Go Code Colorado to Support Local Developers

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Partnering with Go Code Colorado to Support Local Developers

We’re proud to once again partner with Go Code Colorado for its second annual coding challenge. Go Code

Colorado brings entrepreneurs, business partners, and developers together in a competition to build apps that
use public data to help businesses make smarter decisions.

The first of three major events during the Go Code competition, Challenge Weekend was held April 10-12 in five locations across the state of Colorado. After a weekend of preparation, planning, coding and presentation practice, participant teams competed for one of 10 finalist slots and the chance to present their apps to a panel of judges in late May.

Go Code Colorado finalist teams

The 10 finalist teams were then invited to Mentor Weekend (April 24-26), during which they continued to hone their presentation skills, tighten their code, and capitalize on the expertise of local leaders in technology, entrepreneurship, government, and more.

During Mentor Weekend, we were proud to host an AngularJS class exclusively for the finalist teams. Our own Kamren Zorgdrager spent a little more than four hours teaching 30 students – his largest class to date – the basics of this JavaScript toolset. Drawing on his extensive JavaScript experience, Kamren shared how other frameworks work similarly to Angular, providing the class with additional insight into tools they can use for web application development.

Go Code Colorado finalist teams learn AngularJS from Kamren Zorgdrager

Experiencing the hands-on approach we advocate in our learning solutions, the class also spent time getting their hands dirty, installing Node.js and playing with Kamren’s sample code. Students enjoyed the time they spent learning about Angular, with many lamenting that the course was just a taste of this popular toolset. “Angular is a dense subject but this class unfolded a lot of its mysteries,” said one student. “Kamren is obviously knowledgeable and very patient with students at each level.”

Overall, the feedback from the students was positive. “Great content and flow through the class,” one student shared. “Great instruction! Kamren was very knowledgeable on this topic. I really liked his input on things to look out for and be aware of. Great class!”

Kamren discusses AngularJS principles with a Go Code Colorado finalist

DI’s participation in Mentor Week didn’t end with our AngularJS class, however. Several members of the DI team offered their skills and knowledge as mentors, helping teams with everything from using Scrum to manage their code, to sales and marketing advice for their apps and presentations.

Over the course of the next few weeks, teams will continue working on their code, making sure it is solid and functional, as well as developing their final presentations. At the final event, each team will present their app to a panel of judges, along with a supportive community of businesses and developers, with three teams winning a contract with the state and the opportunity to turn their app into a business.

Go Code Colorado finalist teams apply their new AngularJS knowledge

Our team is proud to be part of this supportive community, and to have played a part in helping the teams successfully build their apps. We look forward to seeing each team’s final presentation!

Ever wondered what it’s like to attend a DI class? Check out this short time lapse video of Kamren teaching AngularJS to the Go Code Colorado finalist teams: