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Announcing the Winners of Pitch Day VIII and an Update on the Future Leaders of Tech Scholarship Finalists

Announcing the Winners of Pitch Day VIII and an Update on the Future Leaders of Tech Scholarship Finalists

Written by Administrator on 16th March 2016, 5:02 PM

Wyncode Academy Miami 8th Cohort Pitch Day

Wyncode Academy’s Miami campus at The LAB Miami was home to Pitch Day VIII on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Pitch Day is an exciting event hosted by Wyncode that takes place at the end of each cohort and serves as a venue to allow students to present a full stack web application that they have built from scratch along with a team of three fellow students during the final two weeks of their training to become computer programmers.

The winning team for Pitch Day VIII is, an online auction platform for aircraft engine parts. This exciting new web app was built from the ground up during the last two weeks of Wyncode’s intensive nine-week coding bootcamp by newly graduated students Anthony Leon, Santiago Quintana and Nicholas Rodriguez. The winners, who walked away with bragging rights, some cool swag and a $1000 cash prize, was selected by a star-studded lineup of panelists, which made for an especially exciting event. The panelists at Pitch Day VIII included:  

– Mary Biggins, co-founder of ClassPass/MealPass
– Josh Siegel, CTO of CareCloud
– Brian Brackeen, CEO of Kairos
– Matt Haggman, Miami Program Director for Knight Foundation

Wyncode Academy Pitch Day VIII panelists

Pitch Day VIII was attended by hundreds of people, including hiring partners, leaders in South Florida’s thriving tech scene and others who are generally interested in learning to code, plus friends and family of students who were excited to wish our graduates well in their brand new careers. The real-world vibe surrounding the event was the perfect environment for our freshly graduated students to transition from hardcore training to becoming a professional coder.

March 10, 2016 was a particularly notable day for two of our current students, Jermaine Laing and Aldrin Bustos. Thanks to the support of the Knight Foundation, these two Future Leaders of Tech Scholarship winners were especially excited and proud to celebrate their graduation from Wyncode Academy after nine weeks of hard work and after presenting their Web apps at Pitch Day VIII. It seems that these two deserving students are taking full advantage of the opportunity of a lifetime that they were given!

When asked about his impression of the course, Jermaine Laing’s response was, “As we near the end of the program, it has been a nerve-wracking but very exciting experience. The structure of the program and the coursework truly allows you to learn the required core skills very fast.”

Aldrin Bustos responded by offering a piece of advice to anyone interested in learning to code or applying to Wyncode: “You must prepare beforehand. Learn as much as possible beforehand to get the most out of the program. This way, you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck.”

Additionally at Pitch Day VIII, Jermaine and Aldrin continued the Wyncode tradition of our current scholarship winners announcing the next two scholarship winners. The two Future Leaders of Tech Scholarship winners for Wyncode Miami’s 9th Cohort are John Rhoden and Michael Montero. The other finalists for the Future Leaders of Tech Scholarships were Ana Padilla, Alex Vera and Solomon Forbes.

The next Wyncode Academy Miami cohort will begin on March 28, 2016 and will run through May 27, 2016. The nine-week course will once again culminate with Pitch Day IX. If you would like to learn to code or if you want to be able to build your very own web app, then you should apply to Wyncode Academy and become a developer today!


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