September 21, 2017 Meeting
Why Tech Talent and Tech Jobs Must Define Albuquerque’s Future
Connect with John Mierwza
Ingenuity Software Labs
John was able to present at North i25 on September 21. He grew up in Alameda and lived in Las Vegas for 22 years. He was a carpenter for over 18 years and later on, he moved up within the company to become VP of Sales and Operations. The company became the largest framing company in the entire country. Although it was a great ride he wanted to change. John learned a lot, for example, he implemented technology solutions to keep up with the growth of the company. He also learned a lot about teams, growth, and what it takes to manage it a booming company. After his success, he decided to get a bachelor in Business. John ended up coming back to Albuquerque to begin a new business himself. He’s not a software developer but is very fond of people who can do the work and respects them. Therefore he is the decided to launch the Deep Dive coding boot camp that started in 2013. His main reason was to create and build a more diverse tech community in Albuquerque. As a result, the graduates have been a great aspect of the local economy. John began to explain why Albuquerque is the best place to have a technology job. Albuquerque is able to provide to the technology companies a place to start due to low cost. It’s a trend that ABQ could really benefit on.
John began to talk about Deep Dive Coding and how it was one of the few coding camps in the country when he started it. There were less than 10 coding camps at the time, and Deep Dive Coding was also cheaper than most of them by half. After 9 months it started, John ran into some folks in CNM. They talked about the STEMulus center and how they wanted to start a boot camp there. Turned out they had similar goals to John’s, and they acquired Deep Dive Coding. Since that point, the boot camp began to grow rapidly within the city.
As he concluded his presentation, he expressed how coding boot camps are very different from a CS degree at a college. It’s not for everyone since there are a lot of challenges while taking the course it. It is a great alternative to get into a software career. But its fast paced environment will not be suited for people who have a full-time job. After all, it is a rapid skill career for a booming industry. The reason people take this course is to get a full-time job, but there are no guarantees that you’ll get one when you’re done. It is up to the graduate to persuade their employer to get the job. Others want to freelance and others to start their own business. Overall John hopes that Deep Dive Coding will change Albuquerque’s view on the technology industry.