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

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:

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