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DevLeague partners with State of Hawaii for first annual HACCathon

As you know we looove hackathons. We love the idea of people coming together, sharing ideas, building relationships and building solutions for anything and everything under the sun. We're proud to say that we have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with the state and share our love of these events in helping the state set up their first annual Hawaii Annual Code Challenge!! The format for the event is slightly different than many other hackathons as it is not one action packed weekend focused on just trying to get something working on a short deadline. In the HACC event, teams will have a little more time to come up with creative solutions in a reverse pitch format. What this means is that various organization within the expansive State of Hawaii IT services departments will open up various data sets and present the public with some of the challenges, or needs they have and look to participants to come up with creative solutions. What we love about this event is that this is a great opportunity for those who would like to see new solutions that affect the general public have a voice and the ability to »


Intern Diaries: Surprise! Maker Fair 2016!

This morning I learned about node and bash and worked with Ray on getting them on my computer. It was a bit difficult finding Windows versions of stuff but it’s on and I can start playing around with it. What is node and bash? From my extremely basic understanding I’ve learned that node is a place where JavaScript prototyping can happen without the help of a browser and that bash is a place where you can talk computer (still trying to discover what that means). After setting all that up, we went to a maker fair! It was an unexpected and very cool surprise. At around noon we headed to Iolani High School and saw booths ranging from virtual reality demos to cosplay costume displays. There were drones racing in the baseball field outside and even a soldering workshop to make a cute little light up badge. I also got to see the full time cohort’s finished project and that was really awesome. They had a pixel painter connected to an LED display where you could input colors on the computer and have it show up on the LED in real time! I got inspired seeing so »


TO INFINITY ANNDD BEEYYOOONNDDD!!!

We are soooo stoked to be the Honolulu host for the NASA International Space Apps Challenge on April 22 - 24 at the Manoa Innovation Center. The NASA Space Apps Challenge is a global hackathon in which organizations are selected to represent their cities at host locations all over the world. NASA provides a large amount of “open data” as well as 6 distinct challenges for particpants to focus on and create innovative solutions around. The challenges this year are around: Technology, Aeronautics, Space Station, Solar System, Earth and Journey to Mars. This event in particular was special to us for a few reasons: First….cuz NASA! I think we all still have childhood fantasies of going to space, and I think we still kinda want to live on Mars. Secondly, and more importantly, we really liked that the event was targeted towards all STEM fields as a whole as opposed to just a single skillset. Part of our core mission at DevLeague is to build a strong technical community here in Hawaii, but so much of our focus is on software developers. Ohhh ohhh, sign me up today! This was a great opportunity to collaborate and bring attention to »


A beautiful rejection

It's important to us as founders to take the time to talk to every single applicant to the program to ensure that we are the best match for them and their goals as much as they are a good fit for our program. It's good to see when it makes a difference... Not everyone ultimately decides we are the right choice for them but it would be awesome if every rejection in life was this sweet. Hi Jason and Russel, Thanks for taking the time to speak with me the other day. I wanted to let you know that I received an acceptance to a bootcamp that I had previously applied to. I only very recently decided to submit a deposit and go for that program. That said, I had a great conversation with the both of you; it speaks volumes that you sit down with each candidate and devote the time needed to better understand who they are and where their interests lie. While I’m confident in my decision, I’m also super convinced that DevLeague is an awesome program, filling a certain niche and building some excited, badass programmers. Thanks again for taking the opportunity to speak »


Meteor 2015 Global Hackathon Was Awesome!

This past weekend we had a great combination of students and instructors from both DevLeague and the University of Hawaii come together and participate in the first annual Meteor 2015 Global Hackathon The goal of the event was for particpants from around the globe to spend a period of 24 hours of the weekend work on projects using the Meteor framework and submit their applications to qualify for prizes the following week. The core Meteor team in San Fransisco will be looking at submissions in a number of categoris over the coming week. Meteor is one of the core frameworks we teach at DevLeague so we were more than happy to host the Honolulu chapter of the event and we're always excited to see community come together, whether it's on a local, national, or global level. All in all, it was a great event and everyone involved had a great time! Check out some of the pictures of the event and look forward to join us for next year's event!! »