Rocketbuild Fueled by Indianapolis Tech Growth

Angie Martaus and Caleb Francis, the most recent additions to RocketBuild’s Development team, join the company as graduates from The Iron Yard’s immersive coding bootcamp.  Martaus and Francis join a team of experienced engineers with over 40 years of professional web and mobile development experience.

Read the full announcement from RocketBuild here.

Guest post: Teaching at The Iron Yard

We talk with people almost every day about the fact that our instructor team is the absolute best in the industry. Our instructors are all experienced developers who have a real passion for mentoring people who want to learn to code and change their lives. One great example is Chris Vannoy, our Back-End Engineering Instructor based in Indianapolis. He recently wrote a reflective post about his first six months at The Iron Yard, and he graciously allowed us to share the post with you. 

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Helping kids learn programming for Hour of Code

One of the most rewarding parts of what we do at The Iron Yard is hosting kids coding classes. Our instructors volunteer their time on a regular basis to make sure kids in every community where we operate have a chance to be exposed to what it’s like to code. Plus, our kids coding classes usually feature fun topics like how to build games or recreate popular characters characters.

Teaching kids is something we’ve done since we launched, and it’s remained a big part of our DNA. Our CEO Peter Barth put it this way:

We believe in investing in the local tech economy for the long run, and that means impacting the next generation. Hosting these events is a great way to help kids take their first step down a path that could unlock a passion for technology.

We’re so passionate about exposing kids to technology and coding that we are hosting free kids coding events at every one of our locations during the week of Dec. 7-13 for the global “Hour of Code” effort created by Code.org. The goal of the effort is to introduce students to computer science – even one hour of learning to code might be the start of something great! Last year, every Apple Store in the world hosted an Hour of Code and even President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign. Pretty cool. Read More

Iron Grads win Indianapolis hackathon

The tech sector in Indianapolis has really started to take root in 2015, with companies like Appirio and Emarsys announcing they’ve decided to call the city home (or, at least, headquarters). Both the Indy Chamber and one of our advisory board members, TechPoint, have continued to support innovations in the local tech scene by sponsoring events such as this month’s #IndyCorpHack hackathon. This week, three of our recent grads were announced as winners of the event, which was the third installment of the Hack Indiana Series and presented challenges by Indianapolis Motor Speedway, AT&T, Interactive Intelligence and Socrata. Programmers from across the Indy region tackled the challenges in an effort to highlight tech innovation and come up with unique solutions to real-world business solutions.  Read More

Partnerships open doors in Indianapolis

Construction on The Iron Yard’s Indianapolis campus is just about complete, and we’re so excited to move into our new space at 475 E. Market St. in the Artistry building next week. In the meantime, we’ve been doing tons of stuff behind the scenes in the last few weeks.

First, our first Immersive Course in Indy is already underway! Students are studying Back End programming in Rails. Enrollment for this course is full, but we’re planning to host additional courses in the coming months. Interested? Sign up to receive more information here.

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