Hackathon Takes Place At Kerry ETB Training Centre

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KERRY ETB Training Centre has collaborated with Code Insitute to offer an intensive classroom-based delivery of their online coding boot camp to train 14 local candidates to become junior software developers in just 15 weeks.

The class of fourteen adults, selected from over 100 applicants, consists of diverse age ranges and backgrounds, from opera singers to entrepreneurs, aged from their 20s to 60s, all sharing the common goal of wanting to learn to code.

The class includes Tralee locals Cormac Lawlor, Peter Maguire, Michael Finnegan, and Tim Sullivan who are looking forward to the event.

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This coming week will see the developers-to-be celebrate passing their halfway mark on the programme by participating in the ETB’s first ever collaborative Hackathon, hosted by Code Institute’s Programme Director Brian O’Grady, with fellow Code Institute students from over 27 countries worldwide chiming in via Slack to offer support and guidance to the teams during the event.

The cohort will break into teams and collaborate on a secret topic, showcasing their newly acquired coding abilities to create a project which they’ll present to a panel of judges at the end of the Hackathon. The winning team will be decided based on meeting criteria such as ambition, technology, appearance and level of completion.

This will be the first of future hackathons and collaborations between Kerry ETB Training Centre and Code Institute, with more expected to take place in the coming months.

Code Institute is dedicated to bridging the tech skills gap, and the productivity gap between developers and non-technical professionals.

Technology has permeated every industry creating a surge for technically skilled staff. With this in mind, Code Institute has developed their Full Stack in Software Development course, which on completion results in a university credit-rated Diploma in Software Development.

Their goal is to not only to produce career-ready software developers but to train people to work efficiently with developers. They are dedicated to creating a global standard for technical education.

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