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    Wyncode plans to expand to Fort Lauderdale

    Dec. 23, 2014, 2:47 p.m., Posted by Jenna Buehler

    Above: Winners of the third Wyncode pitch showcase say they’re excited to be alumni of the nine-week code bootcamp founded by Juha Mikkola (left) and Johanna Mikkola (right). Raymond Braaf and Todd Metheny pitched Interque, a technical Q&A crowdsourcing platform, to a crowd of 200. Photo by Jenna Buehler.

    Miami’s first coding bootcamp has become so successful that its founders plan to expand to Fort Lauderdale.

    That news emerged Thursday from Wyncode Pitch Day Tres hosted at The LAB Miami in Wynwood.

    The pitch day introduced 21 new coders to the local tech community, the third class to complete the program. Since the launch of the nine-week code curriculum in May, the school has connected 96 percent of its graduates -- who had no previous coding experience -- with jobs in the region’s growing tech scene.

    Co-founders Juha and Johanna Mikkola said that because of the success of their 51 graduates and the receptiveness of local hiring partners they plan to expand Wyncode Academy to Fort Lauderdale in 2015.


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    League connects Akron, Ohio, residents with stories of gratitude

    Dec. 23, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Susan Ruiz Patton

    As people across the country shopped for bargains at big box stores and shopping malls the weekend after Thanksgiving, the Akron League of Creative Interventionists headed to a local market to capture grateful thoughts.

    Akronites, it turns out, are grateful for a lot, including kittens and pancakes. But mostly, they said they are grateful for each other.

    It was one of three gratitude-themed events the league organized in late November and early December.

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    Artists-in-residence program creates recipe for healthy civic engagement in Philadelphia

    Dec. 22, 2014, 5:22 p.m., Posted by Lillian Dunn

    The SPACES Artists-in-Residence program at The Village of Arts and Humanities is a winner of the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge. Lillian Dunn is SPACES program manager.

    This summer, Philadelphia-based public arts collective Amber Art & Design joined The Village of Arts and Humanities for the first cycle of SPACES, a unique urban artist-in-residence program in which artists live and work on site in North Philadelphia.

    Amber Art sought to celebrate local culinary traditions and foster excitement around healthy food in the neighborhood. To that end, they created The Village Table, a ticketed four-course sit-down meal held in Meditation Park. Anyone could earn a ticket by volunteering or sharing a recipe with the team, creating an alternative exchange based on civic engagement.

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