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December 23, 2014

New coders wow a standing-room only crowd at The LAB Miami

Wyncode pitch day


By Juha and Johanna Mikkola

Wyncode’s Pitch Day Tres brought together a standing room only crowd of over 250 people to the LAB Miami on Thursday night.

Pitch Day is quickly becoming a rite of passage for junior developers entering the Miami tech scene. It’s incredible to see the support and interest from the Miami tech community. We’re thrilled to see the quality of apps the Wyncoders are creating and that several of them already have interviews lined up!

The twenty-one Wyncoders of Cohort 3 had five minutes each to demonstrate the web apps they conceptualized and built during the last two weeks of their nine weeks at Wyncode.

Four expert panelists -- Jim McKelvey (Square & LaunchCode), Tom Lackner (.CO and POP), Zach Weiner (Cloud.com at Citrix) and Tobias Franoszek (Kipu Systems)  -- gave the students pointed feedback and selected the winning project, which was Interque, by Ray Braaf and Todd Metheny.

Try the web apps for yourself:

 Fanvio - Anuvis Mejia, Isaac Weinbach, Mark Nater
Interque - Todd Metheny, Raymond Braaf
Cruiseit - Shahana Batthacharya, Jessica Hunt
EatHow - Abraham Orellanes, Celeste Morford
ChordBuddy - Antonio Carballeira
JobCannon - Mike Nahabedian, Alex Mckeown
Twelve - Dan Kreiger
PawsForMiami - Peter Ovelmen

 For photos of each presentation, check out Wyncode’s Pitch Day album on Facebook.

Meme.menu, a start-up co-founded by four Wyncode alumni, introduced an award given to the two students from the graduating cohort who most embody the spirit of Wyncode. The award includes 3-months of co-working space at The LAB Miami and mentorship from Meme.menu’s team. The inaugural award went to Anuvis Mejia and Ray Braaf.

We made a few announcements, including:

  • * The launch of Wyncode's three part-time programs in February 2015, including iOS development, NodeJS and Digital Marketing.
  • * Plans for an additional location at General Provision in Fort Lauderdale next year  -- stay tuned for details.
  • * A Spanish language version of the Immersive Web Development course.

Also, Wyncode Academy graduate Walter Latimer recently tied for first place in HackerRank’s Bootcamp CodeSprint.

“I loved representing Wyncode and the MiamiTech community in the HackerRank CodeSprint”, Walter said. “It's cool to know I was able to do so well with the foundations I learned at Wyncode and work experience I gained at CareCloud, especially without a computer science degree."

Walter is now paying it forward as a Teaching Assistant at Wyncode. His performance in the CodeSprint is exciting for Wyncode and for MiamiTech, as he was up against students from many established code schools - including New York’s Flatiron School, Hackbright Academy and the Turing School of Software and Design.

Wyncode's next cohort a The LAB Miami begins on Jan. 12 and just five seats remain. Interested students should apply online at www.wyncode.co by clicking ‘Apply’.

Juha and Johanna Mikkola are co-founders of Wyncode.


Judges Tobias Franoszek (Kipu Systems), Tom Lackner (.CO and POP), Zach Weiner (Cloud.com at Citrix) and Jim McKelvey (Square & LaunchCode) with winners Todd Metheny and Raymond Braaf of Interque (center),

Posted Dec. 23, 2014