Little Rock hackathon Feb. 5-6: All programmers welcome!

We knew Arkansas was hungry for innovation among its tech community when we opened our doors in Little Rock earlier this year. If what we’ve experienced while hosting our first two cohorts is any indication, this historic city has tons of awesome companies doing pretty amazing things.

Case in point: The University of Arkansas – Little Rock (UALR) is hosting its first-ever hackathon next month. The UALR Bowen Legal Innovation Hackathon is the first legal-themed hackathon in the state of Arkansas. The event’s goal is “to drive legal innovation, support entrepreneurship and benefit the community at large.” Sounds pretty cool to us – which is why we’re helping sponsor. The winners of the hackathon will receive cash prizes – $1,000 for first place, and $500 for second place.  Read More

The Iron Yard kicks off the new year with second coding academy →

The Iron Yard will host Demo Day for the second cohort of the coding academy on Jan. 22, at the Clinton Presidential Center from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Students will show work from the twelve weeks of classes to an audience of engineers, local tech companies, and supporters of the tech community.

Read the rest of the article including a Q&A with Little Rock Campus Director Mary Dunlap, on Talk Business & Politics.

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 Yard Hopes Coding Helps Populate Tech Sector in Little Rock →

Jacklyn Carroll of Little Rock has a diploma from the University of Memphis and a graduation certificate from the Iron Yard coding school in Little Rock. One of the two is about to land her a good job.

Within days of receiving her graduation certificate from the Iron Yard’s three-month coding school in Little Rock, the first installment of which ended earlier this month, Carroll was fielding interview requests. She went on two of them last week, at least one of which she expected to result in a job offer. Click here for the full story on Arkansas Business. 

An Exciting Little Rock Open House

This week, The Iron Yard’s Little Rock campus hosted an open house to celebrate our new campus.  We were honored to have some very special guests who stopped by. Our campus director, Mary Dunlap, was there and provided a recap of the event. 

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Governor Asa Hutchinson, Tom Dalton and Mary Dunlap

I never thought I would have the opportunity to meet, much less converse with the governor of Arkansas or the mayor of Little Rock. But earlier this week, I had one-on-one conversations with both of them on the same night!

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