I like my fancy blog design. (At least let me think it’s fancy… it’s all I’ve got). Let’s face it, I’m not the most knowledgeable with computers. I can’t read much HTML, and I can’t code anything to save my life. I’m a copy and paster, hoping that I can properly fill the blanks and not break the entire web site. It’s times like these (which occur more often than I’d like) that I wish I had something like TechTalent South when I was a teen. Richard and his coworker Betsy are using TechTalent South to provide kids and teens with that now vital computing skill and giving them resources to pursue a career in the technical field.
I’ve read two great sites on the subject, one article dealing with the importance of learning to code and the other offering more info on why kids should learn this skill. I know my cousin, Drew (who is a freaking computer WHIZ) would have not only benefitted from these sessions and camps, but have gotten an even larger leg up in his college career on the way to being a computer engineer.
In this fast paced, technical world, TechTalent South knows how important it is to educate the next generation in this field. I can’t even begin to imagine the things that Red will understand or be able to create with this knowledge. Are your kids interested in computers? How about your cousins or teenage family members or babysitters? Try checking out TechTalent South’s blog for up to date articles or even better, they might be interested in a “College Cram Sesh” camp or a “Youth Code Bootcamp”.
The College Cram Sesh is geared towards late high school and after college young adults, and is an immersive 3 week program. Youth Code Camp is much more introductory; a one week camp aimed at kids 10+, exposing them to programming and other computer skills. These camps are at Atlanta Tech Village in Buckhead, which is a co-working space that houses a bunch of extremely exciting tech start-ups – you’ll be right in the mix!
About the owners of TechTalent South: Richard Simms is an Atlanta native and a graduate of Washington and Lee University. After school, Richard spent four years in business development and strategic partnerships for Cvent, a software company based outside of Washington, DC. After helping to found and secure funding for a small tech startup in Chicago, Richard enrolled in the Starter League, an immersive 3 month program that teaches web development. In this program, Richard met Betsy Hauser. Richard and Betsy became friends over their love for tech and their mutual desire to help grow tech talent within the Southeast.
Armed with a background in Advertising and Public Relations, most recently Betsy served as President Little Idea Product Development in Charlotte, NC until the company’s acquisition by in February of 2013 by Enventys. While at Little Idea, she spearheaded a complete overhaul of the company’s marketing initiative including the website, addition of a mobile application, advertising campaign, and community outreach efforts. For the Democratic National Convention, her team took a product, The Elk, from idea to production ready prototype with marketing in place for under $1500 and in less than 3 weeks. Betsy’s growing interest in tech startups and her desire to know “what exactly was happening on the back-end of her own site” led her to the Starter League where she met Richard. Betsy is passionate about entrepreneurship, getting more girls interested in tech, her dogs, and foosball (seriously).