3 Awesome Code Programs You Need to Know About Today

I’ll keep this brief. Everywhere you turn, there’s a new coding program popping up and the impact stories behind these things are nuts! I want to share with you all three programs I learned about this summer. I hope you all can appreciate learning about new things as much as I do. Enjoy!

From Prisoners to Programmers

Photo: Martin E. Klimek, USA TODAY

I wrote about this program for Blavity last week. When I first read it, i thought, oh that’s cool. But when you really think about it, the Code.7370 Program at San Quentin State Prison is effectively changing these men’s lives with 300 hours of computer training. Not only have these inmates been deprived of computer contact during their sentences, they are often deprived of a chance for gainful employment upon release. Although there is much work to be done on the “Ban the Box” front, this is a small step in the right direction.

Andela | Software Development and Consultancy

I learned about Andela through Twitter (via @tee_seg) after sharing the Prisoners to Programmers article. What makes this program unique is the specialization of their developer talent. They boast on their website that less than 1% of applicants actually become Andela developers. They select the cream of the crop from African countries thereby giving African children a chance to build skills and provide the developer community with the cream of the crop, so to speak. They are currently offering a Fellowship open to anyone who thinks they have what it takes to become a world-class developer.

Learning to Code Becomes Learning to Learn

via edutopia.org

This last program came to me just this morning in my email from Scoop it, a content curation site I use to find interesting takes on digital literacy. Gerard Dawson, High School English and Journalism teacher, tells the story of re-becoming a learner in order to understand his student’s needs. He renewed his sense of beginner-ship by learning how to code. Learning how to code is often compared to learning a new language. He reflects on three lessons in his Edutopia article including the importance of asking for help, embracing failure and keeping it fun. He ultimately experienced growth and empathy as a new learner. The programs he used were One Month Rails to learn the Ruby on Rails developer language framework and Code Academy, a very popular portal for online courses.

As promised, I kept it (relatively short) Enough from me. I want to know what you all think about becoming new learners and taking on coding, in the comments below.

OR find me on Twitter @yea_me2 and use the hashtag #code to discuss

Christine Edwards


Five Habits of Creative People by Art Markman



Art Markman, Fast Company author, wrote recently “you never know what the source of a great idea is going to be” and other smart habits of creative people in this Fast Company post. Read this post and his other Fast Company works here.


4 Lessons From Quitting My First Real Job

Note: This post was originally posted on eatworkplay704.com when I started working at my current job. I rescued it and refreshed it for my Queen City readers. Enjoy!

Yesterday was my last day working at what I thought would be my dream job. A job my three-year Master degree in Public Administration perfectly prepared me for. I cannot say anything negative about where I worked I have always dreamed of working in the public sector. As a “native” Charlottean, I dreamed of making a difference in the community and my overall goal is to someday be a City Manager for a City the size of Charlotte. Even though this job didn’t quite work out, the truth is that there is so much opportunity here in Charlotte and if you apply yourself, your next job could be right around the corner. We as young people will typically have multiple careers and we are more likely to follow a specific industry rather than company. So I think it’s perfectly fine to leave a job after 6 months to a year. I want to share some important lessons from quitting my first ‘real’ job.

The only thing that’s constant is change

It’s true. If you don’t get with it, you’re gone. Whether it’s getting a new manager, CEO or introducing a new payroll system, you either adapt or get lost in the shuffle. At work, you must show your flexibility. If the change is too big for you to handle or be happy with, get out of there. There’s no use in being miserable at a job you’re not good at.

If you’re not sitting at the table, you’re on the menu

Feel left out at meetings? Feel as though you are not a part of the decision making process? A lot of times as entry-level employees we feel like we’re not entitled to sit at the table just yet. But you should still make your voice heard. And sometimes if you’re not at the table, your role may be changed and discussed without your own input. Imagine that!

All criticism is an autobiography

Well actually I heard this from Stokely Carmichael’s 1966 Black Power Speech but that’s neither here nor there. Before you start to criticize others for not getting to a certain level or educational attainment, look in the mirror. What does that criticism say about you? Same with receiving feedback. When you get feedback at work, rather than take it personally, think about how your performance impacts those around you.

You’re not married to a job; you’re just dating

In a job, as in dating, you’ll find that sometimes what you don’t like is more important that what you do like.

The most important thing to remember after all this is that the BEST time to look for a job is when you already have a job. With that said, I only quit because I had an offer lined up already…and that’s something to brag about!

Originally posted on 11/6/14


Recap from Talk About QC Meeting

So I attended an event yesterday on the topic of High Growth Entrepreneurship in Charlotte. It was hosted by the City of Charlotte and Councilman Michael Barnes. Their group is called Talk About and it comes out of an initiative from the City Council’s Economic Development committee.

Use the hashtag #TalkaboutQC to search for posts, photos and videos from the event

via @Big_Vince84


The event was hosted by Councilman Michael Barnes and Dan Roselli, co-founder of Packard Place

Our speaker, Dr. Susan Amat from Venture Hive, a business accelerator based in Miami spoke about the importance and the essentials of an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
First off, she had an amazing story to tell. She was raised in Miami and dropped out of high school at age 16. She went back to college at age 25, earning her bachelors, masters and PhD before launching Venture Hive.
www.venturehive.co @SusanAmat 

via @CityStartupLabs

What do great startup ecosystems have in common?
·         Density
·         #of startups
·         Investment from the community
·         Exits

Miami is the number one location for disposable in the nation…but very transient. People do not come to Miami and stay, which means their money doesn’t stay. Susan thought should would have to go somewhere else to start her ideal business but she realized that the best way to create an ecosystem for businesses was to start from scratch. So she stayed. When you stay in a particular place, this is what happens:

·         You commit to a place AND the idea
·         You establish pride of place
·         You create high growth businesses who have what they need in front of them
·         You realize you don’t have to go somewhere else to make the dream happen

Charlotte has a natural base for financial technology so it would be smart and easy to create a financial based start-up here. (Probably the reason you see so many financial advisors and consultants). One of the things Susan stressed the most was to get students involved. They are essential in creating a sense of community and finding out what the future holds. It will both help you to plan for future needs and to give back through civic leadership and guidance.

via @bigfleet

Following the speaker, there was a panel discussion to hear about leaders here in Charlotte and to field questions from the audience. Panelists included:

·         Garth Moulton, Jigsaw and OtherScreen
·         Bobby Youakim, Passport Parking
·         Paul Solitario, Cerium Capital

There was a Q&A session and a number of small business resources were shared towards the end of the program:

10 Coworkers from Hell

I came up with a list of the types of rude coworkers I work with or have worked with in the past. Yes, work  all about being professional and getting the job done…but sometimes all you can do is laugh at the situations that happen at work! Check out the list below. Do you work with any of these people??

  • Sneezy- the person who is always sick and NEVER covers their mouth when they cough
  • Nosey- the person who makes a shady comment about a new purchase (car, vacation, house etc..) to try to figure out your salary. MIND YA BUSINESS!
  • The “you really don’t know how to do this elementary level function in Word, Outlook, Excel, etc”? If I need to help you figure out how to CC someone on an email or copy and paste in Word, you don’t need to be here.
  • People who ask questions Google can answer.
  • The person who assumes you’re listening even when you have headphones on. You can keep talking if you want…
  • The Oversharer- of personal stories, picked over food or body odors. Keep it to yourself please and thank you J
  • The “can you please take two steps back” personal space invader
  • The “did you read my email” people. Um no but when I do, you’ll be the first to know. Seriously, it’s like a real life read receipt.
  • The backstabber who throws you under the bus in a heartbeat. Save every email, trust me
  • Last but not least, people who comple—finish your sentences? Yea, that’s annoying

What types of people do you work with? Share in the comments below. You can also find this post published at http://www.eatworkplay704.com/, a new site for which I am a contributing blogger. Go on over and say hello 🙂

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