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By Nikki Cabus

SIM raises funds to support kids’ coding programs expansion across South Florida

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SIM South Florida, local chapter of the national Society for Information Management, helped raise funds to help expand kids’ programming classes in South Florida.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the shortage of software developers and engineers in the United States will increase to 1.2 million by 2026. By 2030, software engineering jobs will be growing at 22% vs. 8% for all other jobs. The South Florida region, spanning from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach County, holds the highest number of technology workforce numbers in the state with Miami leading the pack a over 73,000 workers.

On Thursday, September 1st, SIM South Florida and SIM National came together during a “Back-To-School Bowling Tournament” at Bowlero in Davie, Florida to raise funds in support of both Code Palm Beach and SIM Foundation.

Code Palm Beach, an initiative of the Tech Hub Foundation, is on a mission to provide a launchpad to success in computer programming. The organization aims to increase the number of k-12 students in computer science programs and ultimately entering local bootcamps or high education institutions after graduation.

Code Palm Beach is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization introducing K-12 Students to computer coding technology through monthly classes. The nonprofit creates a positive environment that promotes tech, coding, engineering, and robotics education for school age children leveraging readily available curriculum from, freeCodeCamp and others.

With technology leaders from across the region in attendance, the SIM bowling tournament raised almost $5000 and SIM National has agreed to match an additional $1000! These funds will benefit both Code Palm Beach’s rebrand, to hire staff, and expansion into Broward and Miami-Dade counties, as well as SIM’s ELD program and leadership development initiatives.

“We are so greatly to the SIM organization for recognizing our efforts in the South Florida community and the importance of tackling the talent shortage and it’s lack of diversity head on with a long-term view in mind. It has to start with our youngsters and introducing them to STEAM-related activities early on to nurture a genuine interest that leads into middle school, high school and beyond. That’s how the talent pipeline is truly going to be built,” says Tech Hub CEO Nikki Cabus.

“The lack of technology talent is not a city or county issue, but a national issue faced by many tech focused regions across the country. With South Florida being one of the top tech hub’s in the country and the rapid growth we are seeing, it only makes sense to expand this program regionally,” she continued.

The event was financially supported by generous sponsors, TierPoint, Chelsea Technologies, and INSPYR Solutions (formerly TekPartners) to cover costs for venue, bowling, food and drink, and a fun 7 10 split contest.

“SIM South Florida is very excited with the results of our inaugural bowling tournament fundraiser. We set a goal to raise $5000 to support Code Palm Beach and our local leadership development initiatives and I am proud to say that we met that goal. We are grateful to our sponsors and all of the SIM members and supporters who donated and participated in the event,” said SIM South Florida Chair, Elizabeth Decker.

SIM South Florida will continue to promote donating to the SIM Foundation in support of Code Palm Beach. Any donations made to SIM Foundation from the South Florida chapter this year will go directly to Code Palm Beach. Those donations can be made at

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By Nancy Dahlberg

Code Palm Beach growing to inspire more kids in tech

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You’d be hard-pressed to find many tech initiatives that are more inspired and community-driven than Code Palm Beach.

“Our main goal is to give every student in Palm Beach County the opportunity to experience technology and see if it is something they are interested in. We would like every student to have a basic knowledge of code because in our time it is important to understand the way computers speak and how to talk to them. We are trying our hardest to get to every kid in the county,” explained Madison Cuellar, Administrator of Code Palm Beach.

To accomplish this, the non-profit Code Palm Beach runs free coding events monthly for kids in grades K-12. It partners with the South Florida Science Center, Palm Beach County School District and local libraries, as well as the Palm Beach Tech Association.

It’s powered by more than 50 volunteers.

To introduce the kids to coding, Code Palm Beach brings in tech professionals – from entry level developers to CTOs – to teach and mentor. They come from companies such as NextEra Energy/FPL, Arrow Digital, Dycom, Hello Labs, PGA and others. Through these events, Code Palm Beach creates a positive environment that promotes tech, coding, engineering, and robotics education and leverages readily available curriculum from and freeCodeCamp.

“All of our volunteers are industry professionals and Palm Beach Tech gives us a good pool to pull from,” Cuellar said.


Code Palm Beach is expanding to reach more kids.

“We started with two locations and now we have six and we are adding an intermediate class and an advanced class,” said Cuellar, who coordinates with the libraries, volunteers and parents to ensure everything is running smoothly. Current locations include the South Florida Science Center, libraries in Royal Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton and in West Palm Beach and the STEM Studio in Jupiter.  Each location aims to hold at least one class a month, sometimes more, depending on the volunteer pool.

The volunteer spirit was baked in from Code Palm Beach’s beginnings. In 2016,  George Whitaker and Sean Biganski saw a need and founded CoderDojo Palm Beach, a kids coding club, with a handful of parents in the tech industry. “They said there isn’t enough STEM education and we’re just going to do it,” Cuellar said. Then with the help of the community, it evolved into Code Palm Beach. Biganski and Whitaker have remained active in Code Palm Beach, and are Chair and Treasurer respectively.

Palm Beach Tech came aboard and partnered with the organization in 2018 to bring classes to more even kids.

“Watching Sean & George lead CoderDojo was inspiring,” said Joe Russo, CEO of Palm Beach Tech. “It’s exciting to share the joy of coding with our next generation, and the Palm Beach Tech community has stepped up make this a reality for 100’s of local students.”



Most of the kids Code Palm Beach has helped so far have been in the 6-14 age group. Now the organization is offering more classes and events for intermediate and advanced students.

“Our courses aren’t large classes where everyone follows the same tasks. It is dependent on where you are as a student,” Cuellar explained. “We have students who come in with no experience and more advanced ones. We have different platforms that allow more advanced students to work on what they are comfortable with and volunteers to help move them along.”

Code Palm Beach plans to add a game development course, Cuellar said. “We always have kids who come in and say I want to hack the coolest game. We just want to have whatever kids are interested in and sneak in some education.”

It’s working. More than 650 students have been helped.

“The kids come back. You see them progress, we get a lot of regulars and they are growing a lot. That they are moving through the courses shows that it is working.”

To find out more about Code Palm Beach’s free activities or to volunteer: Visit  or call (561)-425-8918.

By Nikki Cabus

Volunteer with Code Palm Beach

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Code Palm Beach is looking for volunteers to join our team of coding educators in 2019!

As the K-12 Education arm of Palm Beach Tech, this nonprofit organization introduces students to computer coding technology in the Palm Beaches. We’ve also partners with the South Florida Science Center & School District of Palm Beach County to bring our programming to students throughout Palm Beach County.


What is Code Palm Beach?

Code Palm Beach is an nonprofit organization introducing students to computer coding technology in the Palm Beaches.

Through monthly events, Code Palm Beach creates a positive environment that promotes tech, coding, engineering, and robotics education for elementary and middle school age children. We leverage readily available curriculum from Code.orgfreeCodeCampCoderDojo, and homegrown resources as well.

Our instructors are volunteers from successful tech companies in the Palm Beaches. They include junior software developers to experienced Chief Technology Officers.


Why Volunteer?

In just 90 minutes you can share the joy & magic of coding with the next generation of computer programmers.

By guiding students through a self-paced learning curriculum they will develop the fundamental skills to sharpen their understanding and confidence in software development.

Join our team of Software Developers, CTO’s, and Tech Entrepreneurs today!

Click Here to Volunteer!

SIM raises funds to support kids’ coding programs expansion across South Florida
Code Palm Beach growing to inspire more kids in tech
Volunteer with Code Palm Beach