Leading Without Answers

Leading Without Answers

By Jeff Mazur, LaunchCode A portion of this blog post was originally published in the St. Louis Business Journal.  Late last year, I was honored to be among a handful of area executives interviewed by the St. Louis Business Journal about leading their organizations. One question made me profoundly uncomfortable. It’s the one that has…

LaunchCode COVID-19 Updates

LaunchCode COVID-19 Updates

Check here for updates about LaunchCode operations as the nationwide COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. First, we want to assure you that the well-being and safety of our LaunchCode community is of the utmost importance to us. The team at LaunchCode is actively monitoring the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations for higher…

LaunchCode’s Moonshot Awards 2020

LaunchCode’s Moonshot Awards 2020

In the spirit of entrepreneur Jim McKelvey, LaunchCode’s Moonshot Awards recognize the efforts of St. Louis trailblazers — those working toward new solutions to better our community. Meet the 2020 Moonshot Award Winners and 2020 New Horizons Award Recipient, Dennis Lower The New Horizons Moonshot Award honors unique vision and sustained effort in pushing to the outer…

Preserving LaunchCode’s Mission Post-COVID-19

Preserving LaunchCode’s Mission Post-COVID-19

The past eight weeks have challenged all of us in more ways than we could have predicted. For LaunchCode, that has meant transitioning our community-centric courses to remote delivery, embracing a new pattern of teamwork and collaboration from our homes and adjusting to an employment landscape plagued by uncertainty. Now, as we begin to understand…

We 💚 CoderGirl & A Community Supporting Women in Tech

We 💚 CoderGirl & A Community Supporting Women in Tech

It’s February, so let’s spread the love for CoderGirl and our community partners!  xoxo, CoderGirl What started out as an informal meetup by women with the intention to ignite conversation, empower and support one another and build and refine computer programming skills in 2014, has since transformed into a robust education and job placement program…

Black History Month: A Look at Leaders in Tech

Black History Month: A Look at Leaders in Tech

Black History Month is a great time, but certainly not the only time, to celebrate and further inform ourselves on the deep and intricate history and culture of Black Americans. Black history is just as much about the historical black figures, who paved paths and reached back, as it is about today’s black history-makers.  Throughout…

Approachable Computer Science Education Goes Beyond the Code

Approachable Computer Science Education Goes Beyond the Code

By Carly Langlois, Education Curriculum Developer There are countless reasons why computer science education is important. Too many to fit into one blog post. Technology is everywhere. It infiltrates every industry and heavily impacts our day-to-day lives. Modern living is powered by algorithms and coded bits and bytes. Computer programming is the literacy of our…

Helping St. Louis Startups Launch Successful Tech Teams

Helping St. Louis Startups Launch Successful Tech Teams

Innovator. Scrappy. Grit. Collaborative. Visionary. Believer. Ambitious. Eager. Motivated. The exact words we use to describe the startup culture in St. Louis are the same ones we often attribute to our LaunchCoders. There’s no getting around the parallels that mirror the motivation and enthusiasm LaunchCoders and startups have for emerging technology. Another thing St. Louis…

CodeCamp Graduate: An Open Letter to Myself

CodeCamp Graduate: An Open Letter to Myself

 What would it be like if you could travel back in time and talk to your past self before you had made life-changing decisions? Wouldn’t it be great to go back and encourage ourselves to trust others in certain situations, or empower ourselves to advocate for our worth, maybe even just give our past selves…

Hiring New Tech Talent with Sagitec

Hiring New Tech Talent with Sagitec

We recently got to catch up with one of our company partners, Sagitec, in Tampa Bay, Florida. Sagitec is a global technology company that delivers dynamic IT solutions to leading public and private organizations. Today, they provide innovative and continuously evolving benefits administration solutions to their clients that solve unique business problems and adapt to…

Commitment to Community Changes Lives and Companies

Commitment to Community Changes Lives and Companies

An international leader of aerospace innovation for over a century, Boeing has been breaking barriers in the sky, and now they’re paving pathways to tech careers for people with non-traditional credentials. Employing over 150,000 people globally, Boeing is committed to crafting teams with diverse skills, strengths, and perspectives. Through corporate practice and community partnerships, Boeing…

A Life-changing Experience

A Life-changing Experience

By Guillermo Zerpa, LC101 Graduate and Apprentice As a Venezuelan, leaving my family and country and becoming an immigrant was difficult, especially when trying to land a job in my specialty in a new country. Because the people are different, businesses are different, and hiring systems are different I had to start from zero. Even…

Best. CoderGirl. Ever.

Best. CoderGirl. Ever.

Over the past five years, CoderGirl has transformed from a group of passionate women organizing a meetup to a full-fledged education and job placement program. It’s benefited from the hard work and dedication of countless fearless females, and as the program turns five, we’re so appreciative of all who have touched the program in some…

STL Grand Pride Parade: Walking the Walk With LaunchCode

STL Grand Pride Parade: Walking the Walk With LaunchCode

LaunchCode’s diverse community is made up of people from all backgrounds and walks of life. A fundamental value of our organization is a commitment to celebrating our differences and championing all of our fellow techies. A Human Rights Campaign report found that 46% of LGBTQ+ employees in the United States hide their sexuality at their…

Ways to Rock Your LC101 Application Assessment

Ways to Rock Your LC101 Application Assessment

If you’re visiting this blog post, you’re probably about to approach your LC101 application and are curious about the HackerRank assessment portion of the application process. That’s good. It means you’re already thinking ahead and planning out ways to solve the assessment. In fact, planning & problem solving is a big part of computer programming…

LaunchCode’s Moonshot Awards

LaunchCode’s Moonshot Awards

This Event is Currently Sold Out To add your party to the waitlist, please email [email protected] LaunchCode is excited to present the 2019 Moonshot Awards! In the spirit of entrepreneur Jim McKelvey, LaunchCode’s Moonshot Awards recognize the efforts of St. Louis trailblazers — those working toward new solutions to better our community. We invite you…

What it’s like to be a LaunchCode Company Partner

What it’s like to be a LaunchCode Company Partner

Q&A with LaunchCode Company Partner, QDivision So, let’s say you’re looking to grow your tech team. You’ve searched high and low for candidates with the passion, drive, and aptitude, but you fall short and continue to look for the right people. LaunchCode introduces highly talented local developers who bring these attributes to help your business…

DevOps In the Wild

DevOps In the Wild

Whether you’re a developer early in your career, a student new to the joys and struggles of programming, or a non-technical person that works with programmers, you’ve likely encountered the trendy term “DevOps” (short for “developer operations”). It’s also likely that you have a very vague and incomplete sense of what DevOps actually refers to.…