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  • DSU to Host Fourth-Annual Southern Utah Code Camp Competition Friday
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    Published - 11/12/13 - 08:48 AM | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) - Nearly 250 of the best computer code writers in the region will descend upon the Dixie State University for the Fourth-Annual Southern Utah Code Camp competition this Friday and Saturday, November 15-16, at the Gardner Center Ballroom.

    This annual Code Camp event showcases experienced or aspiring programmers, designers, entrepreneurs, project managers, mentor/advisors, and investors, who have accepted the challenge to prove their idea is the best. The competition gives teams (made up of 1-to-4 members) the experience of creating a web or mobile application in a 24-hour time frame. The competition begins Friday morning at 8 a.m., and concludes Saturday morning at 8 a.m., with judging of the projects slated to begin shortly thereafter.

    “Without the ability to pre-build any of their ideas, participants can anticipate a sleepless night fortified with adrenaline and Mountain Dew,” Code Camp Chair Jeff Poulton said.

    Each of the competing teams will be placed in one of four competitive groups, including “Industry teams,” which are comprised of one or more full-time software professionals, and “Collegiate teams,” made of up enrolled college students. In addition, there will a “Novice team,” which features participants exploring the industry and learning new techniques, and “Rookie Kit teams,” comprised of participants exploring the industry who want to base their projects on provided rookie kits.

    Prizes will be awarded, including electronic games and custom built items for the winners. However according to event organizers, Code Camp’s real purpose is to give participants an opportunity to network, add experience to a resume’, and build friendships in the profession, all while helping to foster a technology pipeline into the workforce.

    “Code Camp is getting the reputation of being the cool event for smart kids to attend,” says Jill Ellis, Director of USTAR and the Business Resource Center at DSU. “Even more important than that is the long-term impact it has on southern Utah’s economy. The need is critical for programmers in today’s innovative industries.”

    For more information, please visit: www.southernutahcodecamp.com or contact Jared Goodspeed at jgoodspeed@dixie.edu.

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