Summer is for Coding!

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

Verge Bloomington May 9, Brother’s Bar and Grill

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 Continue reading

The Latest on Our Codeversationalist Contest

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

Mentorship: A Match Made in Coding Heaven

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.

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The Coversationalist Contest: What Is It, and What Does It Aim to Do?

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.

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