LaunchCode celebrates four year anniversary with GeekGala 2017

A growing St. Louis tech company on Thursday hosted an event for its employees and volunteers to celebrate the company’s four year anniversary.

LaunchCode, a non-profit organization in St. Louis, hosted GeekGala 2017 which celebrated their students, teachers, volunteers, and community partners that have helped launch their original mission forward in 2017.

The event featured a keynote speech from LaunchCode Co-founder Jim McKelvey, open bar, food trucks and coding tutorials as well.

LaunchCode offers free, accelerated job training using a low-cost, scalable model to replicate in-person coding courses.

In order to achieve their students’ success, LaunchCode helps students learn the basics of coding and additional specialized software career training.

In August, it was announced that LaunchCode was one of the finalists in the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge, earning them an immediate $35,000 and a chance to win the grand prize of $150,000.

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge awards tech-driven organizations that are using technology in an innovative fashion that tackles the way people think about work.

Jeff Mazur talks to the crowd at GeekGala 2017

On Oct. 12 in Boston, LaunchCode won the grand prize of $150,000 at the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge award ceremony.

LaunchCode’s Vice President of Partnerships Jeff Mazur, said LaunchCode will use the grand prize money to add more classes so the company can have more outreach in the area.

“We’re going to use the money to continue to do more of what we already do for more people,” Mazur said. “Every class that we run is free for the participants, so somebody that wants to learn pays nothing but it’s not free for us to run the class. So with a gift like this, that means we can subsidize one or two more classes in the places that we work and that’s an amazing thing.”

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