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

We’re Rebranding! Meet NewBoCo K-12 Education

Aaron HornEducationLeave a Comment

Four kids work on laptops learning how to code with the NewBoCo K-12 Education logo in the bottom left corner.

 NewBoCo’s been up to a lot these past four years. We’ve grown from a small startup accelerator to a nonprofit with programming supporting education, innovation, and entrepreneurship for Iowans of all ages. As we’ve grown, we know it’s been hard to keep up with what exactly it is we do here. So many of our programs have different names, and … 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

The power of Agile in startups

Eric EngelmannAgile, Ecosystem, Education, Iowa Startup Accelerator, Scrum, StartupsLeave a Comment

Here are some of the observations that I shared with them. (I asked Matt Rooda, their CEO, if I could share some of the observations in this post.) They got the big picture right; I did give them some constructive feedback on a variety of items, but they were mostly pretty nuanced details. Agile is fundamentally teaching entrepreneurs how to … 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

The state of Iowa’s innovation ecosystem: so much progress, yet so much more to do.

Eric EngelmannComputer Science, Ecosystem, Education, StartupsLeave a Comment

Last night, the NewBoCo team attended the annual Prometheus Awards put on by the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI). Having been a long-time member of the organization, and a current board member, I’ve been attending this event since the very beginning 12 years ago. Back then, it was maybe a hundred or so state leaders, technology leaders, and economic developers kind ... Read More