The Tech Stack Powering Our CS Education Nonprofit

The software-for-nonprofits industry is far from a billion-dollar market, so most of what’s out there is pretty outdated and bad. Most nonprofits make up for it with lots of manual work. I have a background in technology as the former founder of a Y Combinator backed startup, so when I started working at CodeDay, one […]

Virtual CodeDay – What to Expect

CodeDay is a free weekend-long event for you to build your own tech project, like an app or game, with no programming experience required! We have a CodeDay coming up on December 4th, and I thought it would be good to make this post so everyone knows what to expect 🙂  The first part of […]

How GraphQL Helps Us Showcase CodeDay’s Impact

There’s always something exciting happening at CodeDay: last school year, almost 13,000 students worked on thousands of projects. On the other hand, like many non-profits without a budget for a web content team, our websites were infrequently updated with outdated information. This year we set out to fix that by populating most of our websites […]

Soft Skills That I Learned in my First Job

“I cannot figure out why this isn’t working!” I sat at my desk going through a frustrating piece of CSS code. As a fresh graduate from college, I wanted to impress my team with my abilities. When my manager asked me to fix a CSS bug, I hadn’t worked on CSS before, but I thought […]

So this coding thing… How do I start?

Disclaimer: I’m no expert in programming. I’m here to share my experience with programming, with the hope that this would help a few more beginners find their own path. Hi there, I’m Mingjie, and I’ve been working with CodeDay for almost three years! During the past three years of running events, mentoring students, and hearing […]

Finding Your Place in Technology with CodeDay Labs

This is a guest post written by Tim Van Cleave, a CodeDay Labs advanced-track mentor from SPS Commerce. Working in the software industry means being adaptable, resilient, and interested in expanding your own horizons. It also means finding out your passions, both from a technology perspective and how and where you work. Do you feel […]

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 […]

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