Bend is making headlines again, this time with a grassroots effort to tackle the shortage of developer talent by growing its own. Lisa Flynn, chief revenue officer at Manzama, authored a piece in Geekwire today detailing how she started Cool Kids Code, a free program that teaches kids how to code.
Flynn organized the classes, which were hosted at Manzama and other business locations around town. The response was overwhelming — they had 100 kids sign up in the first day. Eventually Flynn handed the program off to Campfire Central Oregon. Meanwhile she is still raising money with the mission of keeping the program free to any kid who wants to learn.
Congrats on the story and on tackling a big issue with local resources. We think that’s cool.