St. Louis-Based LaunchCode to Launch Apprenticeship Program in Miami

August 1, 2014

4:30 pm

Founder Jim McKelvey announced this week that he will be expanding LaunchCode‘s program to Miami. LaunchCode is a paired-programming initiative aimed at solving the problem of tech talent shortage, an issue widely discussed in South Florida’s tech community. The initiative has been successful in St. Louis, and the launch in Miami is part of McKelvey’s expansion plan that includes national and international cities

“That’s [Miami] just a place where I have friends and colleagues,” explained McKelvey in a recent interview. “And Miami has two international airports, so it’s unique for me and what I do. But there is a chronic programming talent shortage that is a problem around the world.”

LaunchCode connects inexperienced developers with a company’s experienced developer. The idea is that at the end of the program the developers exchange knowledge and relevant skills to be able to fill one of the company’s job openings.

McKelvey is co-founder of Square, the mobile payment platform. St. Louis will remain LaunchCode’s center of operations and McKelvey plans to continue to be involved in a handful of projects.

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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