Laugh! Cry. Be Moved… to Action!

Laugh! Cry. Be Moved… to Action!

Purchase your tickets now to join Square co-founder, Jim McKelvey, and LaunchCode on Thursday, September 26th as we geek out over changing lives while building the St. Louis tech workforce.

GeekGala 2019 is a celebration honoring the amazing LaunchCoders who have rocketed into tech careers with a lot of determination and some LaunchCode TLC. We know that talented people of all walks of life have drive and a deep passion to learn, but lack a clear, accessible path to a technology career and family-sustaining wages. LaunchCode is that path.

Your support of GeekGala paves the way to life-long careers for passionate, smart, driven aspiring technologists while keeping high-paying jobs right here in STL.

Join Us & Get Your Geek On!

Thursday  |  September 26  |  2019
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm @ LaunchCode Mentor Center

5:30 – 6:30  |  Sponsor & Table Host Reception
Hosted by Jim McKelvey

6:30 – 10:30  |  Program & Celebration with Jim McKelvey
Open Bar
Complimentary Food Trucks
Photo Booth, Games & Merriment
Learn-to-Code Opportunities
DJ & Dancing

Tickets are available via and the links above.

If you have any trouble completing your order, please email Kathy McCadden @ [email protected]

Geeks for Good

When founding payment processor Square, Jim McKelvey wanted to base the company in his hometown of St. Louis. But there were too few software engineers in our community to do the work of building the platform, so those jobs wound up in Silicon Valley. Jim McKelvey subsequently founded LaunchCode to address this tech talent shortage. 

At the time, it sounded like a long shot. Free job placement services in technology for people without the traditional resume credentials, but with the skills, passion, drive, and aptitude to succeed. Later, after realizing the doors still weren’t open wide enough, LaunchCode started providing free tech education so those unable to gain skills via other avenues could still seize these opportunities. LaunchCode continues expanding those programs today.

LaunchCode directly placed 344 individuals into tech careers in 2018, with technologists in all types of tech roles in all types of organizations, from start-ups to the region’s largest employers.

Presented by

With Additional Support from

AT&T | Boeing | Charter Spectrum | Edward Jones
Enterprise Holdings
| Express Scripts | Mastercard
MiTek | Nestlé Information Technology