I was out of town for the June Verge Bloomington meetup, so I was definitely looking forward to last week’s July event. As always, we heard from two startups, one early-stage and one late(ish)-stage, and had a nice Fireside Chat (sans fire) with Kevin and Amy Makice about the Geek Camp they organized for local kids. SproutBox was a fun venue, as always. Continue reading
I remember so looking forward to summer vacation as a child, enjoying it for about a week, and then inevitably driving my mom crazy with lamentations of “I’m BORED” for the next six weeks. As a result, I ended up doing many summer camps over the years, ensuring that I never had a chance to be bored (at least not for long). Summer programming camps weren’t offered, or we weren’t aware of them, when I was young, but today’s students have a plethora of options to help them jump in feet-first to new coding adventures. Continue reading
When we hatched the idea for our first ever Creative Codeversationalist contest 3 months ago, we never could have foreseen what a great contest our readers would make this. We announced the 3 winners and 1 student winner yesterday and could not be more excited about how this competition concluded. Continue reading
This month’s Verge event featured some really cool ideas, and it was great to hear the founders talk about their work. I was familiar with all three companies, since they’re all related to SproutBox, but I enjoyed hearing their full pitches and getting a more in depth look at their companies. First up was Mike Beckwith from Evacua, a RunUp Labs company, followed by Joey Flores from Earbits, and a fireside chat with Mike Preuss of Visible.vc. Continue reading
You might be wondering where things stand with our Codeversationalist contest, so we’re here to give you an update! The nomination phase ends this Friday, May 3. If you haven’t gotten your nomination in yet, you can do so here—it takes less than a minute. After that, we’ll go into a round of voting. The voting phase will close next Friday, May 10. You’ll be able to vote for your top codeversationalist by simply visiting our contest page and clicking on your favorite. We’ll formally announce our Top 3 journalists and bloggers and Top 1 student blogger on May 14. Winners will receive a badge to place on their blog. Thanks to everyone who has nominated so far. Let’s get out the vote and make this a great inaugural year for the Creative Codeversationalist Contest!
Here are those dates again:
- Nomination phase closes 5/3 (Nominate here)
- Voting phase run from 5/4-5/10
- Winners announced 5/14
A few weeks ago we blogged about the importance of mentorship for programmers, with our focus mainly on how professional programmers can find and cultivate mentor relationships. This week we’re taking a look at how students—who aren’t yet in a professional environment—can find mentors and reap similar benefits.
We’ve already told you all about our Codeversationalist Contest and also what it aims to accomplish, so we wanted to use this week’s blog post as an opportunity to discuss the whole idea that spurred the Creative Codeversationalist Contest to begin with—the importance of codeversations.
Yesterday was a busy day for the Bloomington tech scene! Code Together had a table at the Bloomington Technology Partnership career and internship fair all afternoon, where we were able to speak with dozens of potential summer interns. Then it was on to another great Verge Bloomington gathering!
In the hustle and bustle of your job (or trying to find a job!) it may be easy to overlook the value of mentorship, but we’re here to remind you today about the impact great mentors can have. We’ve all had a mentor in our lives, whether or not we recognized it at the time. Entrepreneurs are almost obsessive about having mentors, and chances are you can identify someone in your life who helped show you the ropes when you started some new endeavor. Mentors are people we can talk with, seek advice from, and hopefully form very strong bonds with.
If you caught last week’s blog post or follow us on Twitter, you’ve heard all about our Codeversationalist Contest by now. But for those of you who haven’t, along with those who still aren’t sure what exactly the contest is all about, we wanted to bring you another post further detailing this effort and what we aim to accomplish.