Amplifying Underrepresented Voices as a CodeDay Labs Mentor

This is a guest post written by Caitlin Stanton, a CodeDay Labs beginner-track mentor from Cornell University My first taste of the tech world was in high school through a required Introduction to Computer Science course. That entire semester I was bored and listless, not fully able to grasp the power of programming without concrete […]

What It’s Like to Run a Virtual Internship with CodeDay Labs

This is a guest post written by Omar Shehata, a software engineer at Cesium, who mentored a team of students for CodeDay Labs 2020. I’ve been volunteering with CodeDay’s various programs on and off for about 6 years. One thing that has kept me coming back is CodeDay’s genuine emphasis on levelling the playing field. […]

Virtual CodeDay Wraps Up for the Summer!

We just finished up virtual CodeDay for the summer. Our students made so many creative projects inspired by our theme, “Just Press that Button”! Once again, we were impressed with the students’ tenacity to build projects from scratch and accomplish goals with people they’ve never even met before!   By the Numbers:  We had 813 students […]

Staff Favorite Projects from CodeDay Labs 2020!

Students created hundreds of amazing projects during our summer internship program! While all the projects taught students new languages, techniques, and skills in the tech industry (frontend and backend development, api implementation, and language processing to name a few), there were projects that really stood out to us.  GotDadJoke Yanilda Peralta Ramos, Alyona Karmazin, and […]

Top Data Science Projects from CodeDay Labs 2020!

Our computer science and STEM student interns embarked on a journey into so many different areas of profession and areas of interest  in the tech industry from web development to AI! What is also exciting and worth the highlight are the data science projects. The projects helped students gain a deeper understanding of real-world data […]

Celebrate the end of summer by making something at Virtual CodeDay.

It’s almost time for students to (virtually) head back to school. Before they go, we’re inviting them to make something amazing at our end-of-summer Virtual CodeDay, August 17-28! Register now at http://virtual.codeday.org/ The Theme: Just Push That Button How your interpret the theme is up to you. (Or if you want to interpret it at […]

Our CodeDay Labs Summer Internship Was A Success

We just wrapped up our annual virtual internship program, providing 300 CS students with industry mentors to take on real-world projects that were both challenging and career-focused. Half of internships were canceled this year due to COVID-19, and we were ecstatic to give students hands-on experience that tested the limit of their skills and broadened […]

Scalable Swag Shipments for Startups

As a nonprofit coding organization running physical events, a lot of what CodeDay does (in a normal year) requires sending things in the real-world. Broadly speaking, this includes event supplies to event teams, and swag/awards to community members and volunteers. In our early days, I was shipping merch from my office, and every quarter I’d […]

How and why to use Nomad for orchestration at your startup

Container orchestrators take Docker containers + configuration, and run them on servers. If you’re ok being locked to a single cloud provider, most of them have a service which handles this for you. At CodeDay, we need to run our own for a few reasons. In general, the cost is lower for our workloads. I’ve […]

Strong Codes of Conduct

I believe strongly in the technology industry’s ability to make the world a better place. As anyone who’s seen HBO’s Silicon Valley knows, however, that sentiment doesn’t often translate into practice. Right now, one of our biggest barriers is a lack of diversity in background. You’ve likely heard plenty about how white and male the […]



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