EntreFEST 2019: Announcing a new software developer track

Eric EngelmannComputer Science, EcosystemLeave a Comment

EntreFEST is one of Iowa’s largest entrepreneurship and innovation conferences. For the past few years it has primarily focused on high-impact speakers and workshops aimed at entrepreneurs and innovators in existing companies. Previous keynote speakers include Scott Belsky of Adobe, marketing icon Seth Godin, and Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal. As we planned the 2019 event for May 16th and 17th, the organizing team noted … Read More

Sponsor Spotlight: Meet UFG Developer Vicky

Jessalyn HoldcraftComputer Science, EducationLeave a Comment

Vicky is a developer at UFG in Cedar Rapids. Meet Vicky. She’s been with UFG Insurance since 1998. In 2004, she took a trainee position and learned how to code. UFG was very supportive of her move, and she’s been working as a coder ever since. To Vicky, UFG means job security. She doesn’t worry about work-life balance because of ... Read More

Women Who Code in the Corridor

Jessalyn HoldcraftComputer Science, EducationLeave a Comment

Meet the women behind the keyboards of software companies in Cedar Rapids. They have had careers in code for a combined 70 years. They shared their experiences working in the tech industry and why they have stayed. Meet Jennie. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing and Theatre and a Master’s Degree in Business. She used to create worlds through … Read More

One Year Later: Meet Dustin

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Dustin, a DeltaV '17 Graduate, works as a Developer at UFG in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Meet Dustin. He graduated from the inaugural class of DeltaV Code School in 2017. One year later, he’s an application developer at UFG Insurance. He and fellow graduate Jason were hired by UFG less than two months after graduating from DeltaV. As DeltaV students, Dustin ... Read More

Sponsor Spotlight: Meet UFG Developer Usha

Jessalyn HoldcraftComputer Science, EducationLeave a Comment

Usha sits in a lounge area of the cafeteria space on UFG's downtown Cedar Rapids campus. Meet Usha. She’s been with UFG Insurance for two years as an Application Development Team Lead. She values her position at UFG because UFG values her. “Everybody is pretty supportive; even though UFG is growing they’re trying to keep the family feel for the ... Read More

NewBoCo’s Goal: Computer Science Education in Every Single School in Iowa

Jessalyn HoldcraftComputer Science, Professional DevelopmentLeave a Comment

Here at NewBoCo we have a pretty simple goal: computer science education in every single school in Iowa. We support tech education to give Iowans of all ages the skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly technical world. That’s why we partnered with Code.org, a national nonprofit, to offer free professional development workshops to train current K-12 teachers how to … Read More

32 Teachers Graduate from NewBoCo’s Inaugural Computer Science Professional Learning Program

Molly MonkComputer Science, Press ReleaseLeave a Comment

A group of 23 teachers stand on a staircase at Iowa State University for a picture during NewBoCo's professional development training

Teachers representing both large and small school districts across the state of Iowa officially completed their training with NewBoCo’s Computer Science Professional Learning Program earlier this month. The program, made possible through a partnership with Code.org, a national nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science education, provides professional development at no cost to teachers wanting to bring computer science … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Asmaa Elkeurti

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NewBoCo Volunteer Asmaa Elkeurti works with a student on a laptop for NewBoCo's Girls Code Camp

“I firmly believe anyone can learn computer science.” — Asmaa Elkeurti After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2016, Asmaa Elkeurti became a developer at Pear Deck, an Iowa City-based education startup offering a web-based application to K-12 schools and teachers, and a regular volunteer for NewBoCo’s K-12 computer science education programs. Before she leads this Saturday’s Javascript session for our GirlsCode++ … Read More

Huge progress in Computer Science education this week

Eric EngelmannComputer Science, Ecosystem, EducationLeave a Comment

A lot has happened this past week in our effort to build computer science education in Iowa — and nationally — to help address the gap in computer science offerings available in schools today. Code.org is a global nonprofit, backed by some of the world’s largest tech companies, that teaches kids the fundamentals of computer science. If you have kids, they’ve likely tried the … Read More

Iowa educators learn how to teach computer science at Code.org’s TeacherCon

Samantha DahlbyComputer Science, Ecosystem, EducationLeave a Comment

Thirty-two Iowa teachers were surrounded by over 400 of their peers in Houston June 18th - 23rd. Looking at their faces, you may have thought they were all on vacation, but they were actually hard at work during TeacherCon Houston, the beginning of our year-long Computer Science Professional Learning Program. This will be the first year that the program is ... Read More