Awesome Inc U, in partnership with Run Jump Dev and APAX Software, is excited to announce it's first set of courses which will start this summer. The coding school will unleash two 1-day crash courses in early June followed by a couple 3-4 week courses later this summer (see schedule below). The courses are designed to teach non-programmers how to code.
"We believe that anyone can learn to code. And we see a huge demand for programmers right now. Software companies all across the country, Lexington included, are hiring web, mobile, and gaming programmers," says Awesome Inc co-founder Brian Raney. The high demand for programmers means well-paying jobs and other great opportunities for those who learn to code.
To learn more about the first set of courses offered, visit the Awesome Inc U website.
Below is the current course schedule:
Unity Game Engine 1-Day Crash Course
June 5th, 9am - 4pm. This one day course will teach you the basics of Unity Game Engine development.
The cost is $100 ($50 for students).
iPhone 1-Day Crash Course
June 12th, 9am - 4pm. This one day course will teach you the basics of native iOS development using Apple's Xcode development environment.
The cost is $100 ($50 for students).
Unity Game Engine Full Course
Coming summer 2013
This 4 week course (90 hours) will teach you how to become a proficient programmer for the Unity Game Engine framework. During the course you will code your own game using the Unity Game Engine. The cost is $900.
iPhone Full Course
Coming summer 2013
This 3 week course (48 hours in class, 48 hours work on your own) will teach you how to become an iOS / Xcode developer. During the course you will code your own iOS apps that will run on both the iPhone and iPad. The cost is $900.
5 Across returned to Lexington on Wednesday for the second meeting of 2013. Five competitive teams pitched their company ideas to a panel of judges as well as a full crowd who traveled from as far away as the greater Louisville and Cincinnati areas to be in attendance.
Arial Boulware pitched her idea for a 24/7 workspace for students to study, print, nap, and more. The business has no official title yet, but a working title is Growing Ambitions
LaShana M. Harris pitched Babylocity, a new baby bottle designed to make it easier for parents to mix powdered baby formula on-the-go.
Brock Klein pitched Givr, a native donor-facing mobile payments application optimized for giving.
Jeff Garrison, Darrin Croucher, and Andrew Wright pitched iReport360, an internet, cloud-based communication system for the construction industry.
Cyrus Adkisson pitched hoozon.tv, which watches a local TV station, uses biometric facial recognition to look for reporters' faces, then drives traffic to the station by automatically sharing the live stream via media personalities' social media posts.
Babylocity took home the $500 prize for their innovative baby bottle. They will be given the opportunity to pitch at the 5 Across Finals in December as well the Lexington Venture Club in May. Babylocity also won the audience text vote.
The night's excellent pitches and heavy turnout resulted in another great event for Lexington's startup community. Congratulations to all of the teams who participated and we offer a special thanks to our sponsors and friends who help make 5 Across happen! Be sure not to miss 2013's third meeting of 5 Across Wednesday June 26th where five teams will once again compete for the $500 prize.
LaunchTN is excited to announce Southland, a conference geared toward showcasing the Southeast's startup scene and culture, will be held in Nashville June 12th-13th and will bring together 500+ entrepreneurs, investors, thought leaders and other innovators with the goal of connecting some of the Southeast's best early-stage companies with investors from across the country.
In addition to leading national/regional venture capital firms and regional angel funds (over 40 outside investment firms/funds committed so far), we'll have thought leaders from tech media such as Pando Daily, Fortune.com and CNN.com, tech firms such as IBM, Twitter, and Foursquare, along with accelerator leaders and mentors from 500 Startups and the Startup America.
A special part of Southland will include "Startup Village" where a maximum of 70 companies will have the opportunity to exhibit their startups. 25 of those companies will be chosen to have the opportunity to pitch their idea in front of the attendees. The entrepreneurs who are selected to attend will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes venture capital firms and angels. We would love your help in spreading the word in order to encourage great companies to apply.
For additional details, check out the Southland website. Startups are also able to apply directly through the website.
Grant Weherley recently won first place in the the undergraduate business concept competition at Idea State U, Kentucky's statewide idea and business competition. This competition promotes entrepreneurship and innovation by rewarding the best idea with a cash prize. Prizes are awarded to groups/individuals who present the best new business concepts and plans. His winning idea is a business he started recently called Control My ADHD.
Some time ago, Grant Weherley noticed a rather large problem. He was trying to find resources to help individuals cope with their ADHD, but he found that all that was available were mere snippets of information sprinkled across countless websites. This information was hard to get to; sometimes in blog posts, sometimes in excerpts from books or magazines, or in lengthy webinars. All sources for the information relied on these clunky, unappealing formats which are rather ineffective and unpleasant for someone with ADHD. Grant set out to create a resource for those who wanted this extremely helpful information about dealing with ADHD symptoms in a format that would be, "quick, painless, and informative, and maybe even a bit fun."
To that end, Grant created the website, Control My ADHD. The website offers many tools, tailored specifically for assisting adults who suffer from ADHD. When asked if he would consider expanding the site to cover children and adolescents as well, he was said it was a possibility for the future. According to Grant, Control My ADHD provides users with "the best strategies for utilizing their strengths to overcome their ADHD symptoms in interactive, visually engaging formats." The blog area of the website is open to everyone, and is being updated with free information on a regular basis. The video area is for members only. A newly discounted $25 subscription fee gives users access to a full ADHD mastery video course, which guides users through a series of lessons with new content on a weekly basis. A free sample video is available on the website, along with other useful information. Learn more at www.ControlmyADHD.com and on their facebook page.
On April 10th, 2013, Commerce Lexington hosted "Get That Awesome Job," an event organized by Awesome Inc's own Hollis Gargala. The event welcomed Herb Miller, president of Columbia Gas of Kentucky, Cyndy Harbett Miller, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Department of Communications at the University of Kentucky, Brandi Howard, Staffing Consultant at Manpower, and Brian Raney, founder of Awesome Inc. Nick Such, Director of Awesome Labs, moderated the discussion.
More than twenty five people were in attendance. The expert panel fielded many questions pertaining to best practices in getting jobs with companies, including proper ways to make contact with organizations through the actual interviews. After the panel discussion was over, questions were taken from the audience. There were many insightful questions expanding upon ideas and suggestions discussed earlier in the event. A meet and greet session capped off the night, where the audience was able to network with the speakers and ask questions one on one.