Danny Maloney, founder of the Oklahoma City-based technology startup Tailwind, hopes a new developer boot camp will help cultivate a new pool of talent to help grow his Pinterest analytics company, as well as well as other Oklahoma tech companies.
“A lot of people are looking to hire developers, but they are in short supply,” Maloney said.
The boot camp, called OK Coders, is the first of its kind in Oklahoma City. OK Coders is a 10-week Web development course designed for software developers of all experience levels. The program is a collaboration of the University of Oklahoma’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth, Tailwind, and the Oklahoma City-based software development company Phase 2 Interactive.
“From our angle at Tailwind, we see a lot of job candidates who are career switchers or early on in their software careers who need a bit of guidance to help them get those next-level skills,” Maloney said. “We are looking at ways to make software development more accessible.”
“Participants will be able to come in with limited to no web development experience and leave ready for internships with local tech startups,” said Philip Dow, lead instructor for the program and developer-in-residence at the OU Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth.
The founders of several local tech startup companies will also visit the sessions, providing networking opportunities.
OK Coders will run for 10 weeks, from June 2 to Aug. 6. Development sessions will take place two nights a week for two hours each night from the Tailwind’s Oklahoma City offices.
“This curriculum and program has been vetted by the top tech startups in the state,” said Jeff Moore, executive director of the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth. “Coming to OK Coders positions any aspiring developer to not only grow their skill set, but also their network and job prospects.”
More information about the program and an application is available at www.okcoders.com.
Participants will be able to come in with limited to no web development experience and leave ready for internships with local tech startups.”