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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…

Filling the Tech Talent Gap with Balto

Filling the Tech Talent Gap with Balto

LaunchCode recently spoke with Chris Knotes, the COO and one of the founders of Balto, a real-time speech analytics technology company based in St. Louis. Balto is a company partner to LaunchCode and has been filling their tech talent team with LaunchCoders since 2017. Tell us a little bit about your company: Founded in 2017,…

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.…

Confections to Coding: Maroua From KC

Confections to Coding: Maroua From KC

My path into tech isn’t what most would call “straightforward.” Growing up as a first-generation Moroccan immigrant, I never envisioned a career in this field. Although both of my parents had college degrees and strongly valued education, the tech field was never on my radar. I wasn’t offered programming classes at school, and although I…

Expanding The Toolkit: Jacob from STL

Expanding The Toolkit: Jacob from STL

A Precarious Assemblage For years I pursued a career as an artist and an educator. Art has always been a mirror of the time in which it was made.  As a sculptor, my work often mirrored a rapidly evolving world that was driven by technological innovation. I found myself making objects that strayed from representations…

Company Partnerships: A Spotlight on Maritz

Company Partnerships: A Spotlight on Maritz

Companies Partner to Achieve a Common Goal At first glance, Maritz and LaunchCode may seem to have little in common other than being based in St. Louis. Maritz works with other companies to improve customer experience and loyalty, increase employee engagement and recognition, and offer rewarding meetings and events, while LaunchCode is a nonprofit organization…

Success Story: Ryan from STL

Success Story: Ryan from STL

I have been fascinated with computers for about as long as I can remember. As a child, I remember reading some of my mother’s old assembly code textbooks and thinking to myself “I don’t know how any of this works but it’s extremely cool”. Although I didn’t understand it, I always wanted to tinker with…

8 Tips to Rock Your First Hackathon

8 Tips to Rock Your First Hackathon

Prepping for A Hackathon, From an Organizer’s Perspective. A few months ago I not only helped plan my first hackathon, but also attended my first hackathon. Yep, that’s right. The first hackathon I helped plan was my first experience with a hackathon. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. Sure, I’ve planned…

CoderGirl Story: Amy

CoderGirl Story: Amy

From Living Paycheck-To-Paycheck to Landing a Rewarding Career in Tech When scrolling Facebook, I don’t generally expect to come across something that is going to alter the course of my life. Memes, cat videos, and Instant Pot recipes, sure. But life changing? Not so much. And yet, one otherwise ordinary evening in 2016, life-changing is…

Success Story: Josh in KC

Success Story: Josh in KC

A Q&A with Josh on His Transition into Tech Josh learned to code so he could build a website to self-publish his creative writing. With a website underneath his belt and CSS, HTML and JavaScript in his toolbox, Josh began exploring careers in web development.  He then turned his coding skills and interests into a full-time…