Have you ever wanted to learn how to code or just improve your skills? Now is your chance!
Milspouse Coders, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to empowering military spouses around the globe to find challenging and fulfilling careers in technology, is hosting a live hackathon at the Microsoft Visitors Center in Redmond, Washington, on Nov. 8-9, 2019.
In the annual hackathon, coders, entrepreneurs, UI/UX designers, graphic designers and project managers come together to "hack" a solution or to create the next big app. This year, the Microsoft Military Spouse Technology Academy is sponsoring the event, which will focus on hacking the military life -- finding ways to knock down obstacles military families face.
"We have registrations from civilians local to Seattle/Redmond, but we'd really like to fill the seats with more military-affiliated tech lovers," said MilSpouse Coders Chair Kerri-Leigh Grady in an email. "We want to expose our community to the opportunities available to us in this industry, whether it's a milspouse hungry for a career of their own, or a transitioning service member curious about the wide range of opportunities in this field."
Beginners are welcome and will learn to code. If you're unable to attend the event but are interested in learning more, MilSpouse Coders has 15 chapters around the globe, as well as a virtual chapter. Military spouses of all coding levels are encouraged to participate in their local chapter or online.
"Military spouses are perfectly suited for IT careers," said Grady in an interview. "IT tends to have a distributed workforce, which offers military spouses the flexibility they need with moves."
She also said that military spouses should consider a career in IT because of the diversity of positions available, as well as the sheer number of jobs that are open in the industry.
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