Axiom Zen

March 05, 2014 14:02 ET

Axiom Zen and CodeCore Host Week-Long Series of Developer-Focused Workshops for Vancouver's Technology Community

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 5, 2014) - Axiom Zen and CodeCore have successfully completed Community Week, a series of developer-focused events in Vancouver B.C., featuring speakers from Google, Axiom Zen, Mozilla and Hootsuite, among others.

On Saturday March 1, three of Axiom Zen's top engineers - Marc Kuo, Devin McInnis and Eric Lin - led a hands-on interactive workshop that gave local developers a taste of the power of AngularJS, a cutting-edge open source JavaScript framework maintained by Google.

Today, Kuo is a senior polyglot engineer with an impressive ability to code across the full stack. However it was not always so. A former algorithmic equities trader and management consultant, Kuo is a self-taught, emblematic success story for those interested in switching career paths to computer science. Similarly, Lin's academic training is in statistics, and McInnis has a background in User Experience and Information Architecture as well as web development.

"Innovation is about approaching an old problem with a new perspective," said Lin. "Engineers from non-traditional backgrounds can benefit from looking at software through a different lens than most programmers. Overall it's a huge advantage when you're trying to build something new and different."

After Saturday's workshop, entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and engineers from the likes of Lighthouse Labs, Slack, Hootsuite, and UBC gathered at an exclusive Happy Hour hosted at the new Axiom Zen office, affectionately monikered the "Zen Den". On Sunday March 2, Kevin Moore from Google took the stage to teach the community about Dart, a new open-source programming language developed and in-use by the internet giant.

The rest of the week's events consisted of developer-focused "Lunch and Learn" sessions held each weekday featuring speakers from Mozilla, Hootsuite, and other local startups.

"As makers, it's easy for us to get caught up in what we're building today," said Axiom Zen senior engineer Dieter Shirley. "Lunch and Learns are a creative way to connect with the community in an informal setting to inspire and teach one another." Shirley is no stranger to inspiration: he spent several years working for Apple during Steve Jobs's tenure as CEO.

Axiom Zen is proud to help accelerate the impact of positive community projects. CodeCore, one of Western Canada's first developer schools, originally designed Community Week to complement the practical instruction offered through their 8 Week Developer Bootcamp.

Community Week follows the same spirit of collaboration as the #HTML500, Canada's largest learn-to-code event, co-organized by Axiom Zen and Lighthouse Labs in February. Initiatives such as CodeCore Community Week and the HTML500 show the strength of Vancouver's technology community, and the wealth of knowledge and passion the city has to offer.

"Our workshop participants were really excited when we led them through the magic of AngularJS," quipped Kuo, "and even more excited when we let them know that we are hiring."

Axiom Zen is an idea catalyst: we launch iconic products, brands, and companies in partnership with the world's leading innovators. We operate with a flat hierarchy, a very collaborative culture, and a focus on results. We like to build products that millions of people love to use; products that make the world more efficient and delightful.

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